James H. Schutte
(Chinese Forget-Me-Not, Summer Forget-Me-Not)
Prized for its summer-long display of azure flowers, 'Blue Shower' is a tall, floriferous, seed-grown selection of Chinese forget-me-not, a short-lived tender perennial from East Asia. It is typically grown as an annual or biennial.
Dense clumps of felted, gray-green, lance-shaped to oval leaves give rise to one-sided sprays of small, five-lobed, sky-blue flowers on knee-high stems. Flowering begins in early spring or 2 months after sowing, continuing as long as temperatures remain mild. Small,...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Native to upland woods throughout eastern and central North America, this large, attractive, clump-forming perennial is now rare or extinct over much of the northern part of its range. It is also rare in gardens.
Basal rosettes of large, oval, fuzzy leaves give rise in late spring to clusters of small, pale blue, funnel-shaped flowers on stout, hairy, knee-high (or taller) stems. Small, bristly, bur-like fruits ripen in midsummer. Plants from northern populations (var. boreale) are...
(Nut Sedge, Yellow Nut Sedge)
Gardeners who have run across this noxious perennial or annual weed know just how obnoxious it is. Nut sedge spreads aggressively if allowed to take hold because it's tough as nails and spreads via fast-growing rhizomes (underground roots and stems). To make matters worse, it also produces tuberous nutlets that remain behind when the weed is pulled and grow into whole new plants. This pervasive weed can be found in North Temperate and subtropical regions across the globe, so most will meet up with...
(Moccasin Flower, Pink Lady's Slipper, Pink Ladyslipper Orchid)
Mid- and late spring brings out moccasin flower's rosy pink flower with brown sepals. A ground-dwelling (terrestrial) orchid that is an herbaceous perennial, this beauty grows from a rhizome (underground stem). This is a highly variable species, depending on where in North America it originates; and it readily hybridizes with other lady's slipper species. The native range is large: from Alaska southward across the lower half of Canada as well as the Rocky Mountains of the United States and a large...
(California Lady's Slipper, Ladyslipper Orchid)
Mid- and late spring brings out ladyslipper orchid's palest pink flower with brown sepals. A ground-dwelling (terrestrial) orchid that is an herbaceous perennial, this beauty grows from a rhizome (underground stem). It is native to the moist acidic conifer woodlands and stream banks of extreme northern California and southwestern Oregon in the western United States.
The plant grows five to ten bright green leaves that are pointed ovals and clasp up the stem. In spring to early summer summer,...
(Small White Lady's Slipper, White Lady's Slipper, White Ladyslipper Orchid)
Mid-spring and early summer brings out the diminutive beauty of white lady' slipper's speckled white and green flowers. A ground-dwelling (terrestrial) orchid that is an herbaceous perennial, this beauty grows from a rhizome (underground stem). It is native to the moist, woodland meadows and tallgrass prairies southern Canada (Saskatchewan and lower Ontario) and a swath of the United States from Minnesota to Nebraska and east to New York and New Jersey. It is an extremely rare orchid because of habitat...
(Queen Lady's Slipper, Showy Lady's Slipper, Showy Ladyslipper Orchid, Showy Pink Lady's Slipper)
Behold North America's most revered and beloved orchid and the state flower of Minnesota! The summer equinox finds the showy lady's slipper's pink and white flowers, truly a rare delight in the moist prairies and woodlands of east central North America from Canada's Newfoundland and southern Saskatchewan south to America's Arkansas and Tennessee. A ground-dwelling (terrestrial) orchid that is an herbaceous perennial, this royal beauty grows from a rhizome (underground stem) that often sports multiple...
(Broom, Paulette Broom)
Broom is a deciduous shrub that is valued for its profusion of large, fragrant pea flowers and named for its numerous, bright green, upright stems and branches that resemble sweeping-brooms. The hybrid selection 'Palette' bears sprays of showy pink, red, and yellow flowers in late spring, attracting bees.
Broom is very drought tolerant and needs a well-drained sandy soil, but will tolerate other types as long as it never becomes soggy. Plant as a specimen in mixed borders, or use as a hedge...
(Lilac Time Scotch Broom, Scotch Broom)
Lilac Time Scotch broom is valued for its compact habit and its profusion of fragrant lilac-purple pea flowers that appear in late spring and are highly attractive to bees. This cultivar of Cytisus x dallimorei is a hybrid of Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) and white Spanish broom (Cytisus multiflorus). Hairy-edged olive green seed pods follow the flowers.
Lilac Time broom is very drought tolerant and grows its finest with a well-drained sandy soil. Plant...
(Minstead Scotch Broom, Scotch Broom)
Minstead Scotch broom is valued for its profusion of fragrant white and purple pea flowers that appear in late spring and are highly attractive to bees. This hybrid selection of Cytisus x dallimorei is a result of crossing Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) and white Spanish broom (Cytisus multiflorus). Hairy-edged olive green seed pods follow the flowers.
Minstead Scotch broom is very drought tolerant and grows best in a well-drained sandy soil. Plant as...