Terry Yockey describes how a Red Wing couple created a dream garden for their daughter’s wedding, featuring lots of pink roses, dahlias and even a few nods to the young couple’s love of pork. In another article, garden designer Betsy Danielson teaches readers the principles of English borders and offers plant and design suggestions for creating the same look in the North. Elsewhere in the issue, Rhonda Fleming Hayes writes about one of the biggest trends this year: succulents; and horticulturist Debbie Lonnee provides an insider’s guide to all the new coneflower varieties.
A word about the plant on the cover, which is one of a dozen beautiful shots from Donna Krischan in this issue. It is a gas plant (Dictamnus albus), a USDA Zone 3 hardy plant. It’s called gas plant because of a sticky substance that covers the plant in summer. If you hold a match to it, it will ignite instantly. I don’t see gas plant in gardens much, and wonder if this is why?