Gerald L. Klingaman
Purplish foliage and red flower stems that carry fuchsia-pink flowers in spring, heartleaf bergenia selection 'Purpurea' is one of the prettiest. Cold hardy and semi-evergreen, it is native to the woodlands and rocky terrain of the Himalayas and Tibet. It is a clump-forming perennial with large, rounded, purplish dark green leathery leaves. In early spring it produces stout clusters of small, nodding flowers on deep red stems. Each blossom is a vibrant fuchsia pink and is cup-shaped. Its foliage...
(Heartleaf Bergenia, Rotblum Bergenia)
Beautiful green foliage and red flower stems that carry dark pink flowers in spring, heartleaf bergenia selection 'Rotblum' has bronzed foliage in winter's chill. Cold hardy and semi-evergreen, it is native to the woodlands and rocky terrain of the Himalayas and Tibet. It is a clump-forming perennial with large, rounded, purplish dark green leathery leaves. In early spring it produces stout clusters of small, nodding flowers on red stems. Each blossom is a deep pink and is cup-shaped. Its foliage...
(Elephant's Ears, Heartleaf Bergenia, Pig Squeak, Winter Glow Heartleaf Bergenia)
A selection of Heartleaf Bergenia, ‘Winter Glow’ is a clump-forming, evergreen perennial with large, rounded, toothed, dark green leathery leaves that turn reddish-bronze in autumn and return to green in spring. It produces small, nodding, bright-magenta, cup-shaped flowers in loosely arranged groups on a fleshy stem in early spring. The parent species is native to woods and rocky terrain of the Himalayas and Tibet. At the limits of its hardiness, its leaves may die back over the winter and new leaves...
(Bergenia, Elephant's Ears, Pig Squeak, Purple Bergenia)
This bergenia is a clump-forming evergreen perennial with giant, rounded, toothed, dark-green leathery leaves with purplish red undersides. Small, nodding, rose-red, cup shaped flowers appear in loosely arranged groups on knee-high fleshy stems in early spring. The leaves turns beet red or deep purple in the winter and return to green the following spring. Leaves that look weatherbeaten in spring should be removed to keep the plant fresh. At the limits of its hardiness, its leaves may die back in...
With fine deep green foliage, buttonbush has woolly button-like flowers from winter to late spring and then decorative tan seedheads that remain on the plant for up to two years. An upright, clumping shrub from South Africa, it is associated with sunny bogs. Its overall shape can also be rounded with a spreading tendency.
The small and narrow leaves are rich green and arranged in whorls all along the upright stems. from midwinter to late spring the stem tips bear small clusters of small, rounded...
Best known for bright red color and sweet flavor, beets are true biennials that produce edible greens and sweet, bulbous roots only a couple of months after planting. They are European origin but enjoyed by many cultures worldwide. In the first year, they store lots of fuel in their large, fleshy, edible roots and then bloom in the second season. If subjected to high heat, plants may bolt in the first year. Their unimpressive flowers are borne in spikes along the floral stems. If allowed to mature,...
(Albino Beet, Beet)
You'll never have to worry about magenta juice stains from the Holland heirloom beet, 'Albino', which has pure white roots. Its super sweet roots also lack the earthy taste of most colorful beets. The fast-developing roots are ready for harvest only 50 days after sowing. Even when harvested large, they remain mild, sweet and tender. Its bright glossy green leaves are also edible and can be harvested when young and tender.
Though grown as annuals, beets are actually biennials, which means...
(Baby Ball Beet, Beet)
Small with smooth skin, 'Baby Ball' beets are sweet, red and perfect for pickling or cooking whole. The ideal harvest size is 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5 to 4 cm) in diameter. These beets develop quickly and may be harvested about 55 days after sowing. Their bright glossy greens are also edible and have red leaf stems. Early harvest when temperatures are cool will ensure a sweet, mild flavor while older, roots harvested in hot weather often develop a bitter flavor.
Usually grown as annuals, beets...
James H. Schutte
The colorful beet, ‘Bull’s Blood’, is an old time variety that's still popular today. Its roots are deep red and show concentric pink and red circles on the interior when cut across. This colorful root vegetable emits brilliant magenta-red juice that stains everything. It is a fine selection that produces firm, round, sweet roots quickly and early in the season (60-harvest days). For baby beets, harvest in 35 to 40 days. It also has lovely purple-red leaves that can be eaten.
The candy cane beet, ‘Chioggia’, is an old-time Italian variety that's been popular since it was first introduced in the 1840s. Its roots are red and show concentric white and magenta-red circles on the interior when cut. This fine selection produces firm, round, sweet roots quickly, in around 60 harvest days. For baby beets, harvest in 35 to 40 days. It also has lovely green leaves with magenta leaf stems that can be eaten raw or cooked.
Usually grown as annuals, beets are true biennials,...