International Flower Bulb Centre
(Lesser Chionodoxa, Lesser Glory-of-the-Snow)
Echoing the early spring sky with its low, starry, deep blue flowers, this little charmer from western Turkey bears many deep blue blossoms early in the year. A hardy, self-reliant, bulbous perennial, it produces up to 12 flowers atop short leafless stems. The blooms have small white eyes. Two short grass-like leaves emerge with the flowers, going dormant within a few weeks. The flowers and leaves grow from small rounded bulbs covered with brown tunics. Plants often self-sow to form large colonies....
(Mexican Orange, Mexican Orange Blossom, Mock Orange)
Sweet, citrusy-smelling white flowers adorn the branches of Mexican orange from very late winter to autumn. An evergreen subtropical shrub from the higher elevations of Mexico, it has glossy, compound foliage, each leaf composed of three, oval leaflets that are fragrant if crushed. In late winter, clusters of five-petaled white blossoms cover the plant, emitting an intoxicating fragrance like that of orange blossoms, and attracting honeybees. The first blooming season lasts for weeks, and then flowering...
Mark A. Miller
(Chorisia, Floss Silk Tree, Silk Floss Tree)
This medium to large deciduous tree is distinguished by its swollen, prickly trunk and its large colorful late-season flowers. It is native to semi-arid forests of Brazil and Argentina.
The leaves of floss silk floss tree are palmately compound, with five to seven leaflets arranged like fingers. In autumn and early winter, large, pink or reddish-purple flowers open, usually after the leaves fall. Each flower has five wide-flaring petals and a pale yellow, purple-flecked throat. Pear-shaped seedpods...
This spreading perennial chrysanthemum produces charming single apricot daisies with yellow centers. It is a late season mum that begins flowering in early fall. Though clump-forming, ‘Apricot’ spreads fast so only plant it where there is plenty of space. Otherwise it will take over! When not in bloom, plants offer dark green deeply lobed foliage that is pungently aromatic when crushed.
Grow this hardy perennial in full sun and well-draining garden loam. 'Apricot' will adopt a neater habit and...
This spreading perennial chrysanthemum produces delicate single pale pink daisies with yellow centers. It is a late season mum that begins flowering in mid to late fall. Though clump-forming, ‘Clara Curtis’ spreads fast, so only plant it where there is plenty of space. Otherwise it will take over! When not in bloom, plants offer dark green deeply lobed foliage that is pungently aromatic when crushed. This cultivar is sometimes listed as 'Country Girl'.
Grow this hardy perennial in full sun...
(Golden Raindrop Daisy)
Golden raindrop daisy, also known as yellow daisy, is a low-growing annual that blooms in a profusion of cheerful yellow flowers in mid to late spring, or during any cool season growing period. Native to Algeria in northern Africa, this species has smooth, fleshy green leaves rising from the plant's base and creating a mat. The daisy flowers are broad and rise well above the leaves.
Golden raindrop daisy needs an average, well-drained soil that can be either dry or moist. Full sun to partial...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Garden Chrysanthemum, Garden Mum)
Nothing says fall like beautiful mounds of brightly colored mums. Originating from eastern Asia, the common chrysanthemum has been cultivated for centuries, and there are thousands of varieties available that come in a wide array of colors and floral forms. The garden mum is a long-time favorite for fall gardens and greenhouse displays, with its long-lasting, showy blossoms held above mounds of lustrous foliage.
In spring, this clump-forming herbaceous perennial puts forth dense stems lined...
James H. Schutte
In autumn this proven densely branched mum displays a tremendous number of fully double decorative flowers of purple. Like other cushion mums, it is a heavy-flowering selection that adopts a uniform mounded habit. This exceptional cultivar was bred in The Netherlands by Robert Noodelijk.
In spring, this clump-forming herbaceous perennial puts forth dense stems lined with medium green, fragrant, lobed leaves that are unusually glossy. In late spring to early summer it should be pinched back...
(Amandola Chrysanthemum, Quill Chrysanthemum)
The lovely chrysanthemum 'Amandola' freely produces lavender-rose flowers with quill-like petals. It is early flowering and ideal for decorative planting in late-summer or early fall.
In spring, this cushion-forming herbaceous perennial develops stems lined with medium green, fragrant, lobed leaves. Flowers appear in very late summer and last for several weeks. The numerous blooms are somewhat spider-like with narrow petals of irregular length. Their lavender-rose color is steadfast and seems...
Developed for use as a seasonal container plant, the chrysanthemum 'Amber Pomona' produces numerous large, double, pale copper-orange blossoms on bushy, rounded, 10- to 18-inch (25 to 45 cm) plants. The 4-inch-wide (9.5 cm), many-petaled blooms open in autumn under "natural" conditions, but greenhouse-grown plants can be forced into bloom at other seasons. Cultivars in the Pomona™ Series were introduced and patented by Yoder Brothers of Barberton, Ohio. They are available only as vegetatively propagated...