International Flower Bulb Centre
(Double Daffodil, Yellow Cheerfulness Daffodil)
The small, clustered, pale greenish-yellow flowers of this 1937 introduction have a central yellow "rosebud" of doubled segments. The intensely fragrant flowers bloom from mid- to late spring, very late in the daffodil season. Still a popular cultivar more than 70 years after its introduction, this cultivar received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Daffodils are hardy, long-lived, clump-forming bulbs. Unlike tulips they are poisonous, so they are not eaten by small mammals...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Every gardener who knows them looks forward to the bright fragrant blooms of the jonquil. A small perennial bulb from the Iberian peninsula, it forms robust clumps and self-sows where happy. Additionally, its bulbs, leaves, and flowers contain compounds that repel hungry garden rodents and foraging deer.
The dark green, glossy, rush-like foliage appears as early as autumn in mild climates. At any time from late winter to late spring, depending on the variety and the region, upright, calf-high...
As the name suggests, watercress needs water to grow. It is a cool-season green that adds peppery zest, and a boost in vitamin C and iron, to sandwiches, omelets, baked fish and fresh salads. This fast-growing perennial herb is often grown as an annual. It is a riparian plant that prospers in moist to saturated soils that are non-stagnant. It originates from Eurasia, from the British Isles and southern Scandinavia, to western Asia, and can also be found in northern Africa. It is also an invasive...
James H. Schutte
(Baby Blue Eyes)
Few garden annuals are American natives, but this little baby-blue-eyed gem is. Distributed across the American West from California up to Alaska, it is a cool season lover that tends to scorch in high heat. Native populations of this low-growing wildflower inhabit moist, sloped, open forests as well as scrub and grasslands where soil is often on the acid side.
The ferny green leaves of baby blue eyes are small, dissected and lightly hairy. Plants form low, spreading or trailing mounds and...