Tasty Tubers of the World
You may enjoy dahlias, nasturtiums, and cannas in your garden, but did you know you can enjoy them on your dinner plate as well? Several common garden plants or their relatives grow from tubers that are edible. (Consider the ornamental sweet potato vine.) Even the ubiquitous orange roadside daylily has tuberous roots that be cooked up. Learn more about what to dig and how to prepare it in Buried Treasures; Tasty Tubers of the World, edited by Beth Hanson (Brooklyn Botanic Garden Inc., 2007; $9.95).
Favorite or New Plant
'Art Deco' Dahlia
Here's one for my wish list next summer: 'Art Deco' dahlia has petals that are light orange-apricot on top and a darker burgundy underneath and at the center of the flowers. It grows to a sturdy 2 to 3 feet tall and makes a dramatic show all summer. I'm imagining it in my deck planters because the plants are full and start blooming early.