Bougainvillea is the stuff of dreams—a showy vine covered with glamorous spots of colour—especially if you’re shovelling snow or bailing out floodwater. This South American vine goes hand in hand with sun-drenched courtyards and dusty desert sunsets; its colourful, frilly bracts shout Latin romance as clearly as a flamenco dancer’s skirts. Gardeners in colder climates […]


Warm rust, rich yellow, and burnt orange flowers top the tall, slim stems of sneezeweed (Helenium spp.) from late summer to the first frost. A native perennial at home in a prairie garden, it’s also found along streams, ponds, and moist meadowlands throughout North America. Most sneezeweeds reach 3 to 5 feet, so they fit […]