James H. Schutte
Tahiti snapdragon is a short-lived perennial or tender perennial (often grown as an annual) that originates from southwestern Europe and the Mediterranean. This old-fashioned garden favorite bears upright spikes of distinctly lipped flowers that snap open and shut when squeezed, hence the name “snapdragon.” Snapdragon will continue blooming from summer to fall, if spent flower spikes are removed, and come in shade of white, red, pink, yellow, and orange. When weather is very hot they may cease from...
The heavy blooming, compact snapdragons in the Twinny Series are double and lipless, so technically they don't snap. The "butterfly" blooms come in lots of pretty colors including the 2010 All-American Selections winner, 'Twinny Peach.' They are noted for their heat tolerance and high-performance as well as beauty. Members of the Twinny Series were bred by HEM Genetics.
Commonly grown as an annual, snapdragon is actually a short-lived perennial that originates from southwestern Europe and the...
(American potato-bean, Ground-bean, Groundnut)
This twining herbaceous perennial from central and eastern North America is grown primarily for its edible tubers, which were a staple food of American Indians and early European colonists.
This hardy plant forms a network of underground rhizomes laced with spherical to ellipsoid tubers that resemble small potatoes. Cooked tubers are edible. Long twining stems with alternate compound leaves arise from the rhizomes in spring. The pinnate leaves have five to nine leaflets. In summer plants produce...
(Adam and Eve, Putty Root)
This ephemeral terrestrial (ground-dwelling) orchid is native to the moist woodlands of southeastern North America, Quebec south to Georgia and west to Minnesota and Oklahoma. It's curious common name "putty root" refers to its bulb-like corms that secrete a slime historically used to patch broken pottery. Interestingly, each plant grows from two corms that are attached by a stem-like rhizome. The pair of underground corms is the basis for its other common name, "Adam and Eve."
A spring and summer...
(Ballerina Columbine, Columbine)
The fluffy, appleblossom- pink flowers of Aquilegia 'Ballerina' add a lively, feminine touch to the garden. Appearing in late spring to early summer, the airy, fully-double blooms are held gracefully on slender stems atop mounds of lacy, sea-green foliage.
Aquilegia ‘Ballerina’ performs best in dappled sun to partial shade and evenly moist, nutrient-rich soil with good drainage. It will readily cross with other columbine and self-sow if allowed to go to seed, which is considered...
(Blue Jay Columbine, Columbine)
The large complex flowers of 'Blue Jay' are white and deep violet-blue and stand above sturdy and vigorous plants. This hybrid is derived from the McKana Group and Mrs. Scott-Elliot hybrids and was bred by Charles Weddle of Weddle Native Plants, Palisade, Colorado.
Like other hybrid columbine, it is a hardy clump-forming perennial that grows from small slender woody rhizomes (underground lateral stems). This perennial offers clusters of gray-green scalloped leaves that appear along slender...
(Blue Star Columbine, Columbine)
Aquilegia ‘Blue Star’ puts on a generous show of large, upfacing, long-spurred flowers of fresh, periwinkle-blue with contrasting white inner petals, which are held on delicately branched, wiry stems. The exquisite blooms are accented with sunny, yellow centers, and hover gracefully above compact mounds of lacy, blue-green foliage in mid- to late spring.
Aquilegia ‘Blue Star’ performs best in dappled sun to partial shade and evenly moist, nutrient-rich soil with good drainage....
(Bluebird Columbine, Columbine)
The large complex flowers of 'Bluebird' are ivory and blue and stand above sturdy and vigorous plants. This hybrid is derived from the McKana Group and Mrs. Scott-Elliot hybrids and was bred by Charles Weddle of Weddle Native Plants, Palisade, Colorado.
Like other hybrid columbine, it is a hardy clump-forming perennial that grows from small slender woody rhizomes (underground lateral stems). This perennial offers clusters of gray-green scalloped leaves that appear along slender three-parted...