How does your garden grow?Among last year's hottest gifts...

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September 15, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

How does your garden grow?

Among last year's hottest gifts were smooth stones with words like "dream" and "always" chiseled on them. This fall's more down-to-earth version is the Grow Stone, found in the current Nature Company catalog. Made of recycled zoo-animal waste, these long-lasting stone look-alikes release their organic fertilizer with rainfall. Each is stamped with the word "grow," "welcome" or "bloom." Call (800) 227-1114 for more information or to order. The Grow Stone costs $11 plus shipping. For silk flowers that look more real than the real thing, stop by BotanicA (9017 Red Branch Road, Columbia). These are "botanically correct" plants, says owner Mark Sander. The showroom has thousands of individual silk flowers and hundreds of arrangements, topiaries, plants and trees (some as high as 30 feet), all manufactured on site.

Need to match a color scheme? Bring in your fabric swatch, wallpaper or paint sample and BotanicA's designers will make your flowers to order. Call (410) 715-3900 for more information. Trust IKEA to come up with a line of reclining furniture that's as stylish and affordable as it is comfortable. The new chairs and sofas feature contemporary silhouettes, fabrics and colors.

The ROMME chair (pictured) is an IKEA exclusive, with fire-retardant cushions and a bright blue all-cotton cover. Guests see a great-looking piece of furniture; but when they go home, presto! It converts into a recliner, and you can sit back and put your feet up. Priced at $279. Get a jump on spring with London Town House & Garden's fall plant sale. Perennials planted now will be flourishing in six months when other people's gardens are just getting started.

The sale, to be held at the grounds in Edgewater from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21, will specialize in varieties propagated at London Town and native to the area. These will include ferns, late-blooming anemones, astilbes, chrysanthemums, lady's mantle, yarrow, perennial foxgloves, hardy begonias, coral bells, hydrangeas and hollies.

A gardening expert will be on hand to answer questions about fall planting, and there will be tours of the London Town gardens at 10 a.m. and noon. For more information call (410) 222-1919.

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