Tom Ranney is perhaps best known for his research on calycanthus (sweetshrub) hybrids
Magnolia R-20-1 is a hybrid that one enthusiast dubbed the greatest of all magnolia crosses. Tom Ranney

Durell Godfrey

A flower picked and displayed is mortality brought indoors

August very definitely arrived last month

Gardeners now seem caught up in a hydrangea frenzy
If you prune blue mopheads too late, they won’t flower the next year. Photos by Abby Jane Brody

Everywhere eager and tenacious

Nearly every house in East Hampton in the early-20th century had a deutzia with very double white flowers, D. scabra Pride of Rochester
Deutzias seem to be undeservedly out of fashion in East Hampton. Abby Jane Brody

Local garden calendar

Ed Hollander’s new book is a gorgeous how-to for Hamptons landscape design
Although Edmund Hollander and his associates design landscapes on a variety of terrains, many of the images in the book are properties on water. But even in East Hampton, he noted that there are very diverse habitats including ocean, marshes, fields, and woodlands, that make a typical “Hamptons” landscape hard to define. Instead of a coffee-table book, “The Private Oasis” is more of a how-to guide for people looking for ideas for their own properties with separate sections on pools, entries, outdoor living, and dining. Charles Mayer Photos

It is they that heal the interrupted, spaded-up earth with green