A wintry mix

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Rosa 'All Ablaze' blazes cherry red in Burke Brothers' Tuscany exhibit, accenting classic Italian elements with bright flowers. (Ron Tarver / Staff photographer)

This is my kind of wintry mix - dusty miller and white amaryllis. How come my dusty miller never looks like this? Probably because I don't have 5,000 plugs of it. This is Longwood, of course, just one of the indoor Christmas beds. Very striking. We forget how beautiful dusty miller can be, with its silver-white color and lacy, fern-like foliage. A perfect foil (to continue the 'f' alliteration) for this South African amaryllis, called 'Intokazi.' Its flowers are pure white with green centers, about seven inches across. Made me wonder how to replicate this color scheme and effect outdoors in summer ... Good place to start? Dusty miller, which is not hard to find.

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