(Himalayan Blue Poppy)
One of the renowned blue poppies, which make an astonishing display in cool, moist gardens, Meconopsis betonicifolia is native to the eastern Himalyas. In early summer large, nodding to horizontal, poppy-like flowers appear at the tips and in the axils of leafy stems that may reach head-high. Although they may be a luminous clear sky-blue, in some forms they are of rosy hue. A central boss of yellow-anthered stamens ornaments the four-petaled flowers. Oblong seed capsules follow the blooms....
James H. Schutte
Renowned for its blue poppies, which make an astonishing display in cool, moist gardens, Meconopsis includes more than 40 species of herbaceous perennials, all but one of them from the Himalayas and western China. The exception is the Welsh poppy, Meconopsis cambrica which inhabits western Europe. The Asian natives typically produce large four-petaled poppy-like flowers at the tips and in the axils of tall leafy stems, although some bear their flowers on leafless scapes. The blooms...
Audrey, Eve and George DeLange
An important forage plant and a common introduced weed throughout most of the world's temperate zones, this lax-stemmed perennial originated in western Asia and the Caucasus. It is sometimes grown as an annual crop.
Hairy, blue-green, compound leaves with three leaflets alternate along alfalfa's upright to sprawling, calf- to waist-high stems. The leaflets have toothed tips. Small, rounded to cylindrical clusters of blue to violet pea-flowers are produced from late spring to summer. Butterflies...
Gerald L. Klingaman
A beautifully low spreading perennial that heavily produces white daisy flowers, the plains blackfoot blossoms are also fragrant. Native to the rocky, drier soils of the American Southwest and northern Mexico, it can be relatively short-lived if fertile soil and water are too abundant. Typically evergreen, with narrow leaves that are gray-green, the plant is a clumping but sprawling perennial. Atop the the stems will be small white petaled flowers surrounding a yellow disc center. In mild winter...
(Gold Leaf Lemonbalm, Lemonbalm)
The lemony leaves of lemonbalm are fragrant and wonderful, and the pretty gold 'Gold Leaf' offers an added punch of color. The leaves of this pretty herb can also be used for tea and potpourri.
Lemonbalm is a hardy perennial herb in the mint family. The clump-forming 'Gold Leaf' offers golden foliage early in the season that mellows to bright chartreuse green by summer. Inconspicuous white or pale pink flowers appear in late spring to summer. The flowers are pollinated by bees and set lots of...
(Bastard Balm, Honey Balm)
A charming woodland mint, bastard balm's foliage smells of a mild honey scent and displays small, lipped bi-colored blossoms in late spring and early summer. An upright, clumping herbaceous perennial native to the dappled shade of woodlands across all of Europe except its far north, it has square stems.
The green leaves are held opposite each other on the stems, each being a wrinkled and elongated oval with scalloped edges. Crush the leaves or stems and a sweet, mild scent of grass and honey...
A charming woodland mint, Royal Velvet Distinction bastard balm's foliage smells of honey and displays small, orchid-like blossoms in late spring and early summer that are white and fuchsia-violet. An upright, clumping herbaceous perennial native to the dappled shade of woodlands across all of Europe except its far north, it has square stems.
The green leaves are held opposite each other on the stems, each being a wrinkled and elongated oval with scalloped edges. Crush the leaves or stems and...
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...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The ephemeral Virginia bluebells is one of those "must have" spring-blooming wildflowers in the woodland garden. A clump-forming perennial with pink flower buds that open to dainty, sky blue flowers, it hails from eastern North America.
Emerging in early spring, the upright, branching stems yield soft, oval, bright-green to slightly blue-green leaves. At the tips of the stems clusters of pink buds appear and open to tubular, flared blossoms that range in color from sky blue to blue-violet, and,...