Gerald L. Klingaman
(Double-flowered Japanese Kerria, Japanese Kerria)
Grown for its sunny flowers and its evergreen stems, Japanese kerria is a suckering deciduous shrub from China and Japan. The double-flowered kerria is popular for its bright yellow pompon flowers in late spring that last longer than those of other cultivars. Its also has taller, more erect stems. The oval, toothed, bright green leaves turn yellow in fall. Plants sometimes rebloom in summer.
This long-lived, hardy, carefree shrub prefers full to partial sun and thrives in fertile to average,...
Japanese kerria is a suckering deciduous shrub from eastern Asia. Its yellow, rose-like blooms in spring, toothed bright green leaves from spring to fall, and willowy bright green stems year round make it an excellent all-season garden plant. The extra-large golden yellow flowers of the cultivar 'Shannon' spangle its arching branches in late spring. It often reblooms sparsely in summer. The leaves turn pale yellow in fall.
This long-lived, hardy, carefree shrub prefers full to partial sun and...
(Macedonian Scabious, Mars Midget Knautia)
Smaller is sometimes better. The short and sweet 'Mars 'Midget' is a compact form of Macedonian scabious that doesn't require staking. It is heavy-flowering, very pretty and easy to grow.
The airy Macedonian scabious originates from Central Europe. it is a long-blooming perennial with distinctive flowers that are clustered tightly together in a dome-shaped bloom that resembles a pincushion. The flowers of 'Mars Midget' are bright burgundy red and appear on slender stems that rise from a basal clump...
James H. Schutte
(Alcazar Tritoma, Red Hot Poker, Tritoma)
Red hot poker is a clump-forming perennial with thin, cord-like leaves and audacious flower spikes. 'Alcazar' has a flowerspike that begins an electric orange-red at the top, and oldest (lower-most) flowers on the spike fade to a creamy orange. Both bees and hummingbirds will frequent the tubular flowers and rob them of nectar.
Great for the sunny mixed border, 'Alcazar' should be given a rich, well-draining soil with organic matter. Avoid wet soils at all costs. This cultivar is particularly...
This is a festive mix of compact red hot pokers that are a delight for sunny gardens. All are clump-forming perennials with long, linear, coarsely textured, arching leaves and audacious flower spikes. The leafless stems are quite tall and the spikes made up of many small, tubular blooms that open from the bottom of the spike up. Bees and butterflies favor the midsummer bloomers. Flower colors may include pale creamy yellow, orange, red and pink.
Great for the sunny mixed border, Border Ballet...
James H. Schutte
The fiery ‘Bressingham Comet’ is distinguished by its bright orange-red and yellow spikes of flowers that appear in early to midsummer. This Blooms of Bressingham introduction is a shorter, sturdier version of this popular clump-forming perennial. When not in bloom its long, linear, coarsely textured, arching leaves add texture to the garden and even remain semi-evergreen in zones where winters are milder.
The blooms of red hot poker stand atop leafless stems and the colorful flower spikes...
The colorful ‘Coral Comet’ is distinguished by its big, bold spikes of coral-orange flowers that appear in early to midsummer. The numerous, densely packed flowers tubular and the spikes long. Bees and hummingbirds will frequent the drooping flowers for nectar and pollen. When not in bloom its bold clumps of linear, coarsely textured, arching leaves add texture to the garden and even remain semi-evergreen where winters are mild.
Red hot poker is a classic garden perennial that requires full...