(Ladyfern, Northern Ladyfern)
Ladyfern is a deciduous, terrestrial fern occurring throughout temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Northern ladyfern is a subspecies found naturally in Greenland and the northeastern and north central portions of North America, and overlaps somewhat with the range of its counterpart North American subspecies, southern ladyfern. Its tall, bright green, arching fronds are lined with long, pointed, finely divided leaflets, adding an elegant touch to shady, cold-climate gardens.
(Lady in Red Ladyfern, Ladyfern, Northern Ladyfern)
The showy ladyfern ‘Lady in Red’ was discovered as a wild variant by a volunteer at The New England Wildflower Society's gardens in Framingham, Massachusetts. It features brilliant purple-red stems that support ferny green foliage.
Northern ladyfern is a deciduous, terrestrial fern found in the moist woods of the central and eastern United States and Canada. It is a very hardy fern that can also be surprisingly resilient when faced with short periods of drought. The upright light green fronds...
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Desert marigold is a tender, perennial wildflower that offers a brilliant show for a short time in spring. It is native to the low deserts of southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. There it’s found in infertile, sandy or gravelly soils. It is visible in large populations for weeks in spring when new plants sprout from seeds. Only in the warmest regions do plants become perennial as they do not stand the slightest frost. Even there most fail to survive extreme summer heat and drought. However, in...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Blue False Indigo, Plains False Indigo)
When looking upon a mature false indigo in bloom it looks much like a small shrub, but it’s truly an herbaceous perennial, meaning it dies back to the ground each year. Native populations of false indigo exist across a large part of eastern North America, in all but a few of the most southern states. They tend to grow in old-fields, prairies and other open wild areas. Some Native American tribes used Baptisia roots for medicine and the flowers or flowering stems for the dye they yield. Despite...
(Dwarf Blue False Indigo)
This is a shorter variety of the large, bushy perennial, false indigo, so it's better suited to smaller garden spaces. Native populations of false indigo exist across a large part of eastern North America, in all but a few of the most southern states. They tend to grow in old-fields, prairies and other open wild areas. Some Native American tribes used Baptisia roots for medicine and the flowers or flowering stems for the dye they yield. Despite the common name, false indigo dye is not blue...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Yellow False Indigo)
Yellow wild indigo is a mounding perennial with attractive yellow pea-like flowers and blue-green foliage. This southern United States native flowers in the springtime on light green stems held above the dense foliage. The tan or brown colored seedpods that form afterwards are also an ornamental feature. Various butterflies will visit the flowers when open.
Yellow wild indigo needs a full sun location for best form and flowering, but also handles up to partial shade. Tolerant of drought, nutrient...
(Screamin' Yellow Baptisia, Yellow False Indigo, Yellow Wild Indigo)
A prized selection of wild indigo, 'Screamin' Yellow' is a large perennial noted for its yellow pea-like flowers and yellow-green leaves. Descended from a native perennial of the southern United States, 'Screamin' Yellow' flowers in the springtime on tall, unbranched, leafy stems. A mature plant can send up dozens of stems, each topped by ten or more flowers, one above the other. Various butterflies visit the flowers. The tan or brown seedpods that follow the flowers are also an ornamental feature....
Looking like wild mustard or wild radish, the garden yellowrocket bears small cross-shaped yellow flowers from early spring to early summer. This biennial or very short-lived perennial typically grows in the cooler months, from autumn to spring, becoming dormant in the heat of summer.
The long taproot supports a rosette of medium green leaves that are elongated with lobes. The flower stem arises from the center of this rosettes and branches many times to support scores of tiny lemon yellow blossoms...
A fast-growing annual with dense foliage on upright stems, Burning bush is showy in autumn as its leaves turn reddish purple. Native to Eurasia, this species is usually considered a weed elsewhere because it reseeds itself abundantly.
The leaves are thin and oblong or linear, ranging in color from light green to a light gray-green. The soft, fleshy stems are blushed salmon-red and can readily flop or break in a rain or wind downburst. Flowers occur in summer but are inconspicuous. In autumn the...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The long cultivated English daisy is a charming, small, short-lived perennial. It is a cool season plant that originates from the European grasslands and forest margins as far east as Turkey but is most commonly associated with England where it is favored as a garden ornamental. It is very easy to grow if given cool temperate summers.
The colorful English daisies appear above ground-hugging clumps of bright green foliage. The semi-evergreen clumps slowly spread over time by rhizomes. The pretty...