James H. Schutte
Rose campion is a biennial or short-lived perennial native to southeastern Europe. It is grown for its old-fashioned, small, flat, magenta to red flowers (pink- and white-flowered forms are also available). The flowers appear in late spring or summer on tall branching stems above basal clumps of downy, silver-gray leaves.
Grow rose campion in full sun to light shade in average, well-drained soil. The leaves — which are most silvery in dry soil and full sun — contrast effectively with darker-leaved...
(Flower-of-Jove, Jupiter's Flower)
The felty, silvery, light green leaves are a striking feature of Flower of Jove, but even more eye-catching are its clusters of summer-borne scarlet flowers. A mat-forming perennial native to the central Alps of southern Europe, this species of Lychnis is longer lived than others.
The lance or spoon-shaped leaves of Flower-of-Jove are primarily found at the plant base, but also clasp the flower stems, which are upright, white, and hairy. The leaves are light green and densely covered...
The common domesticated tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum), and its hundreds of cultivars, dominates conversation and growing space in gardens worldwide. The wild or Peruvian tomato is a lesser known tomato sibling that produces small, coin-sized fruits. While botanists to South America collected plant specimens of the Peruvian tomato, the species is not usually grown. Peruvian tomato was among the first tomato plants grown at European botanical gardens centuries ago. However, modern research...
Peggy Greb, USDA
(Golden Hurricane Lily, Golden Spiderlily, Spiderlily)
Magnificent when in bloom and sure to grab the attention of garden visitors, golden spiderlily offers lovely golden yellow lily-like flowers in autumn. This late-season bulb is native to China where it grows in open areas with calcareous soils close to limestone bedrock. The green, strap-like leaves appear in fall, winter or spring, but die away by early summer and remain dormant through the hot, dry summer. The flowering season begins at the beginning of fall when temperatures grow cooler.
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Golden Surprise Lily, Kuko, Spiderlily)
Blooming in late summer or early fall, the golden surprise lily produces four to six large, medium yellow to golden-orange flowers in a cluster atop smooth leafless stems that rise from the ground. The curious petals/tepals are slender and curled like streamers. This hardy surprise lily is native to the mixed forests of China and adjacent South Korea where it grows on moist, partially shaded slopes.
Fountain-like clumps of smooth, strap-shaped leaves appear in late winter or spring and die...
(Peppermint Spiderlily, Spiderlily)
Named for its striped white and violet-red flowers, this hardy bulbous perennial is native to mountain slopes across Hubei and Yunnan in south-central China. The delicate flowers bloom in fall and are just as pretty as those of the more commonly planted pink surprise lily but are rarer in commerce.
The green, strap-like leaves appear in early spring but die away by early summer. The flowering season begins around the autumnal equinox. Each flower scape has four to six, trumpet-shaped, white...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Spiderlily, White Spiderlily)
Producing clusters of long, trumpet-shaped flowers of white to palest yellow or faint pink on tall leafless stems, white spiderlily lends bright neutral color and interest to the late summer garden. This hardy bulbous perennial is native to the east-central Chinese province of Jiangsu where it grows in moist, shady locations along mountain slopes at lower elevations.
Clumps of green, strap-like leaves appear anytime from midwinter to spring, but die away in early summer. The flowering season...
(Electric Blue Spiderlily, Small Pink Spiderlily)
Shorter in stature with smaller leaves than other Lycoris, the small pink spiderlily is revered for its pink to lavender-blue very late summertime flowers. This bulbous perennial is native to open forests and bamboo stands of southeastern China where it grows in moist, often shaded, locations. It is less commonly cultivated than the taller Lycoris squamigera but it's equally pretty and garden-worthy.
Producing a clump of green, strap-like leaves in very early spring, the flowerless...