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5 Blooms for Instant Gratification

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5 Blooms for Instant Gratification

For Michelle, editor of Gardenista, the springtime evokes such euphoria “that it’s nearly impossible to believe I’ll ever have to live in a post-peony world.” Once June comes around, though, “it’s time to fill – fast – all those big holes the spring bloomers left behind.”

Here, Michelle describes five of her favorites – annuals and a few perennials for a temperate zone. To read her entire list, go to 10 Easy Pieces: Instant Gratification Blooms on Gardenista.

Above: Cleome practically explodes, growing from a seedling to a 5 foot tall preener by August. Although it’s an annual, you’ll probably not need to buy cleome twice; it enthusiastically self sows and will try, next year, to claim the garden for itself. To keep it corralled, pull out unruly volunteers before they develop thick, spiky stalks. A packet of Cleome, Queen Mixed Colors seeds is $3.95 from Burpee. Image via What’s Blooming.

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Gardenista is a one-stop sourcebook for cultivated living, a guide to outdoor design and gardening. Helmed by former New York Times columnist Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista features inspiration, garden visits, and advice for all things outdoor living, from patios and peonies, to tables and terraces. Gardens matter, and Gardenista celebrates tomatoes on the fire escape as much as rolling acres of green.


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6:44AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012


4:54PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

ty, some were already my favorites

9:44PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Lovely, all of them--I wish I was more of a gardener, and had more time!

8:53PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

pretty..but like to stay w/perennials

8:08PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Thanks for posting Michelle's short list and the link to her full article.

5:46PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012


4:29PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

So beautiful,thank you.

5:18PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012


5:15PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

awesome~ thanks!

12:43PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Great to know

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