The genus name honors Pierre Magnol, French botanist (1638-1715).
Vita Sackville-West and her husband Nigel Nicolson bought their home, Sissinghurst, in 1930 and gradually created one of the most famous gardens of all time.
A plantsman like his father, this younger Tradescant collected many plants from North America and introduced them into English gardens.
I often mutter to myself and also to the plants in my garden, and perhaps you do too.
I love the informality of Churchill’s flower paintings, with simple vases containing bunches of garden blooms.
Many American gardeners have tried to imitate aspects of English gardens.
Thomas Jefferson's gardens at Monticello combined the beautiful with the practical.
Learn about the Golden Wattle of Australia, on this Focus on Flowers.
Take a deep breath, pick up your clippers and shear these plants back right now.
In July Americans celebrate Independence Day and the French celebrate Bastille Day so it seems appropriate to think about red, white and blue flowers.