A Rosy Outlook

July 06, 2009
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Roses are abloom on the cover of this season’s consumer magazines. The variety takes a starring role and is positioned as a flower that can in fact be successfully grown with little or no fuss.

Summer magazines are featuring Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’, Viola ‘Hearthrob’ and Echinacea purpurea ‘Pink Poodle’.
In the Summer 2009 edition of GardenWise, a feature story is specifically dedicated to demystifying roses for the novice gardener. The story advises readers to choose varieties that suit their climate and one that will continue to bloom and produce year after year. The magazine cites varieties like ‘Buff Beauty’, ‘Constance Spry’ ‘Rosanna’, ‘Easy Going’, ‘Magma’ and ‘Fellowship.’ The June issue of Canadian Gardening also highlights roses that are resistant to harsh climates and easy to care for. Roses making the pages of this consumer magazine include ‘Prairie Star’, ‘Iceberg’, ‘Sexy Rexy’, ‘The Queen Elizabeth’, ‘Aunt Honey’ and ‘Applejack.’

GardenWise also looks at how in a tight economy, consumers can create bouquets of flowers from blooms picked right out of the garden. In addition to using favourites like hydrangeas, lilies, peonies and delphiniums, the magazine also pinpoints new introductions that can add colour and interest to a tabletop bouquet. These new varieties include Forsythia Arctic Fire, Syringa x hyacinthiflora ‘Maiden’s Blush’, Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’, Echinacea purpurea ‘Pink Poodle’ and Helianthus annuus ‘Taiyo’ to name a few.

Once again catering to the likes of new gardeners, Canadian Gardening pinpoints five easy-to-care-for herbs that are poised to make a comeback this summer as more people want to grow-it-themselves. Sweet marjoram (Origanum marjorana) makes the list because of its sweet smell and ability to survive in almost any sunny, well-drained plot. Another sweet herb highlighted is lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla). The citrus-flavoured variety can be dried, used as an herb or planted in a container. The magazine also lists lovage (Levisticum officinale), sorrel (Rumex acetosa and chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) as go-to herbs for those just starting out.

Last but not least, the Planning 2009 edition of Ontario Gardener dedicates four pages to what’s hot in 2009, listing which varieties it believes will be flying off shelves. Some brightly hued plants noted on the magazine’s pages are Zinnia ‘Tequila Lime’, Viola ‘Hearthrob’, Papaver orientale ‘Watermelon’, Osteospermum ‘Astra Pink Yellow,’ Echinacea ‘Green Envy’, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Hemerocallis ‘Night Embers’ and Hosta ‘Independence’.

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