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Botanical Journeys Gardening Newsletter, Issue #005 Exciting New Plants for 2013
February 22, 2013

Exciting New Plants for 2013

Mint, Royal Velvet
Astilbe, Thunder & Lightning
Calla Lily, Green Goddess

'Royal Velvet' mint (Melittis melissophyllum) is a pretty perennial which grows to a height of about 15 inches and produces orchidesque blooms amid lemon-scented foliage.

Plants are very well behaved and do not spread, so order several and plant a nice-sized clump to achieve quick impact. 

Like most perennials, 'Royal Velvet' is a slow starter. 

Each plant will only produce a few flowers in year one, but will become more floriferous with each passing season.

New Fruits/Vegetables for 2013

Self-Pollinating Plum, 5-N-1
Self-Pollinating Sweet Cherry, Stella Std
Cauliflower, Violetta Italia

The rosy purple heads of 'Violetta Italia' contain high levels of the heart protective flavinoid anthocyanin.  The purple color disappears (the florets turn green) when the cauliflower is cooked, but the health benefits remain.

There is something about a cherry tree that kids just cannot resist.  When I was a child, my grandmother had a cherry tree in her backyard.  When the fruit ripened, she could not keep her grandkids out of it.

We would sit on the branches and gorge ourselves.  Birds were the least of her worries!

'Stella' is unusual in that it is a sweet cherry that does not require a pollinator.

It's Almost Apple Planting Time

Apple Orchard, Dwarf

Apple Orchard, Standard

Its time to order the varieties you want for spring planting.  To see a wide selection of fresh eating and cooking apple trees, including some fine heirloom types, click here.

Your Plant Guide,

New Pages on Botanical Journeys Plant Guides:

The Risks and Rewards of Growing Delphiniums

Hydrangea Plant Growing and Pruning Info

Liriodendron tulipifera: the Tulip Tree

Growing Foxgloves

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