(Gooseneck Loosesrife, Lysimachia)
The elegant, arching, white flower spikes are what lure gardeners to gooseneck loosestrife, but this vigorous perennial can take over garden spaces without regular division and maintenance. A native of China, Korea and Japan, this hardy herbaceous plant naturally grows in moist, fertile soil along woodland edges. It has upright, arching stems and grows quickly via rhizomes (underground rooted stems that spread).
Lance-shaped, deep or olive-green leaves with lighter green undersides line the stems....
(Creeping Jenny, Dense-flowered Lysimachia, Lyssi Creeping Jenny)
Sprawling its branches into a low mat, Lyssi creeping jenny becomes vibrant in spring and summer with hundreds of small yellow flowers with orange throats. A short-lived herbaceous perennial from China, its leaves are oval and rich green in color. In the warmth of late spring and across summer the stems are filled with yellow cup-shpaed flowers with orange bases that will attract bees and butterflies.
Grow 'Lyssi' in an organic-rich, moist but well-drained soil that is all but highly alkaline....
James H. Schutte
The sprawling, carpeting stems of this herbaceous perennial from China come aglow in spring and summer with hundreds of small yellow flowers. The upfacing cup-shaped flowers cluster at the stem tips above ruffs of tightly bunched oval leaves. The flowers attract bees and butterflies. Several cultivars are available including 'Outback Sunset,' with yellow-variegated leaves, and 'Eco Dark Satin,' with rich green foliage and red-throated yellow flowers.
Grow this spreading perennial in humus-rich,...
(Creeping Jenny, Dense-flowered Lysimachia, Persian Carpet Creeping Jenny)
With sprawling stems with green and maroon-brown leaves, Persian Carpet creeping jenny becomes vibrant in spring and summer with hundreds of small yellow flowers. A short-lived herbaceous perennial from China, its leaves are oval and green in color with blotches of brown-red. In the warmth of late spring and across summer the stems are filled with yellow cup-shaped flowers that will attract bees and butterflies.
Grow 'Persian Carpet' in a organic-rich, moist but well-drained soil that is all...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Ostrich fern is a herbaceous plant native to northern woodlands and wetlands in Europe, East Asia, and North America. In spring its tightly curled "fiddleheads" unfurl to majestic sterile fronds clustered in vase-shaped clumps. It also produces fertile spore-bearing fronds that give the appearance of stunted, desiccated sterile fronds. They remain standing after the fertile fronds decline in fall. Plants spread vigorously by thick underground rhizomes.
To reach its impressive full size, ostrich...
James H. Schutte
A tiny, ground-hugging perennial, Corsican mint compensates for its small leaves with incredible vigor. Hailing from the island of Corsica, the species is also found in southern France and Italy. In the wild it prefers damp shady locations, seeps and natural springs where it forms a ground hugging mat of dark-green foliage. The rounded leaves may be slightly hairy and when crushed emit a potent, minty fragrance. Corsican mint blooms in summer with small lilac-blue flowers that stand out above the...
(Applemint, Variegated Applemint)
While its parent, Apple mint, smells like apple, this cultivar has a fragrance reminiscent of pineapple. The parent species is a low-growing, spreading perennial native to the warmer regions of Europe and the Mediterranean, and ‘Variegata’ is similar except for its leaves, which are light-green with irregular margins the color of cream. The leaves are oval, pointed at the tip, serrated on the edges, and slightly hairy. When crushed they release fragrant oils, making the plant valuable in herb gardens,...
James H. Schutte
(Bowles's Golden Grass, Millet Grass, Wood Millet)
Bowles's golden grass is a clumping grass with vivid yellow to chartreuse leaves that are graceful and gently drooping. This perennial grass is native to the eastern United States and Maritime Provinces of Canada. The leaf blades are smooth, soft, brightest yellow and upright when short, weeping at their tips as their height increases and color becomes slightly more green by early summer. If crushed, they have a scent of sweet hay. In mid and late summer, a tall, thin stem rises above the leaves....
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Cardinal Monkey-flower, Scarlet Monkey-flower)
Delicate in appearance but robust, scarlet monkey-flower is an evergreen perennial wildflower that favors locations with moist soils. This scarlet-flowered beauty is a western native that can be found from Washington State down to California and east to New Mexico. It dwells happily at the bottom of stream canyons and wetlands where soils remain moist, even in the dry season.
Simple, deeply veined leaves with toothed edges line the herbaceous stems of this monkey-flower. They are medium green...