Frequently grown as annuals but in fact tender perennials, these daisy-flowered plants from South Africa are among the showiest bloomers for gardens and greenhouses. The large orange, yellow, white, pink, magenta, or purple daisies — which often have contrasting centers or undersides — appear from late spring to autumn on erect or trailing stems. Some varieties will bloom all year in mild climates. The shrubby plants have oval green or gray-green leaves that are sometimes bluntly toothed. Numerous...
A showy-flowered tender perennial, ‘Stardust’ is a selection of a species native to South America. Like other selections of this species, it is among the showiest of flowering plants in the garden or the greenhouse. Though commonly grown as an annual, it can be a short-lived perennial in warm climates. This shrubby plant makes a compact, uniform, mound of lance-shaped gray-green leaves spaced close together on freely- branching stems.
The flowers of ‘Stardust’ are spectacular, large, purple daisies...
Commonly dubbed “wood sorrel”, many would take one look at its bright green, trifoliate leaves and call it “Irish shamrock”, though this small, mat-forming perennial is native to areas far beyond Ireland. In fact, it can be found growing in temperate woodlands across the expanse of the Northern Hemisphere.
Wood sorrel grows from small bulb-like rhizomes that go dormant in winter or during periods of drought. In spring, light green leaves with three heart-shaped leaflets blanket the ground. The...
(Oregon Oxalis, Redwood Sorrel)
This low, rampant, evergreen perennial from coastal forests of western North America forms dense ground-covering masses of "shamrock" leaves.
Light- to dark-green leaves with three heart-shaped leaflets are borne on short petioles that arise from slender, rapidly spreading rhizomes. White or pink, lilac-veined, five-petaled flowers appear from spring to fall on upright stems that just clear the leaves. Plants may cease flowering during hot dry spells. Small rounded seedpods follow the flowers,...
The American native, Alleghany spurge, is less known than its common relative, Japanese spurge, but is just as attractive and landscape-worthy. Unlike Japanese spurge, its leaves are semi-evergreen to deciduous. Populations naturally reside in the fertile upland forests of the eastern and southeastern United States where soils tend to be calcareous.
This serviceable, spreading perennial is a fine deciduous groundcover for shady, temperate gardens. It is most admired for its handsome whorled,...
(Big Ben Herbaceous Peony, Herbaceous Peony)
The large, fragrant, fully double flowers of 'Big Ben' are deepest rose red and appear early in the season. This old American selection was bred by Edward Auten Jr. of Princeville, Illinois in 1943. Like most double peonies, the flowers are heavy and should be staked to keep them from flopping in inclement weather.
The herbaceous peony is an all-time garden favorite. This large, bushy perennial originates from eastern Asia and has been bred for thousands of years. There are literally hundreds...
Tough, hardy, and beautiful, peonies are a classic harbinger of summer's approach. The cultivar 'Rachel' bears fragrant, rich crimson flowers on bushy plants in late spring. The large double blooms with ruffled centers are held on sturdy waist-high stems. The blossoms draw bees, ants, and the occasional butterfly. A herbaceous perennial with thick, vertical tubers and many fibrous roots, this selection has glossy divided dark green leaves that remain attractive throughout the growing season.
Gerald L. Klingaman
Herbaceous peonies are an all-time garden favorite. These large, bushy perennials originate from eastern Asia and have been bred for thousands of years. There are literally hundreds of wonderful cultivars available, and plants are commonly sold in catalogs because their fleshy rooted crowns are easy to store and ship. They are also virtually impossible to grow from seed and can take years before they first flower post germination.
They are primarily grown for their large, showy flowers that may...
(Garden Peony, Herbaceous Peony)
This bold peony produces fully double crimson red flowers in spring. These stand on stems that are mottled with dark red. Like most double peonies, the flowers are heavy and should be staked to keep them from flopping in inclement weather.
The herbaceous peony is an all-time garden favorite. This large, bushy perennial originates from eastern Asia and has been bred for thousands of years. There are literally hundreds of wonderful cultivars available, and plants are commonly sold in catalogs...
James H. Schutte
(Garden Peony, Herbaceous Peony)
The large, puffy pink and cream blooms of 'Adonis' are fragrant, long-stemmed and appear in late spring or early summer. Like most double peonies, the flowers are heavy and should be staked to keep them from flopping in inclement weather.
This standard garden peony is tall, bushy, vigorous and has long, stout stems lined with deep green foliage. The late-season blooms have a layered look with many large, candy pink outer petals and shorter, cream to pale yellow inner petals. These are very fragrant...