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(English Daisy, Speedstar® White Daisy)
English daisies are cool season perennials that are native throughout much of Europe. These tidy plants produce small basal clumps of semi-evergreen leaves of light to medium green. The compact 'Speedstar® White' is loved for its prolific display of large, semi-double, white daisies that have distinctly long quilled tips around a golden eye. These appear from early spring through summer and also in fall. This series also germinates its seeds year round, not requiring the usual chill of winter that...
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The cheerful double pom-pon-type flowers of Tasso English daisies are large, flattened and very showy. These compact cool season perennials originate from Europe and Asia and are often grown as single-season bedding plants. They are evergreen in mild climates and quite hardy.
Where temperatures are mild and favorable, plants will bloom vigorously from late winter through to summer and sometimes into fall. English daisies are distinguished by neat, ground-hugging rosettes of rich green leaves...
Fragrant blossoms and fiery fall foliage are highlights of the Amur barberry. This deciduous shrub is native to thickets and sparse woodlands in northeastern Asia, from China and Japan up into Russian Siberia. The twigs are pale yellow to gray and lined with clusters of three-tipped spines.
The green leaves are oval with eyelash-like hairs on their edges. The leaf comprises three leaflets that are held directly on the twig. In mid- to late spring, dangling clusters of fragrant yellow flowers...
James H. Schutte
(Dwarf Purple Japanese Barberry, Purpleleaf Japanese Barberry)
Dwarf purple Japanese barberry is a compact deciduous shrub with four-seasons of interest. It’s most admired for its dense stems of red-purple foliage. These are covered with less desirable fine, thin thorns. In spring it bears tiny clusters of yellow flowers, which are followed by glossy red berries. The berries feed birds in fall and winter and thorns discourage deer from browsing.
Grow Japanese barberry in full sun to partial shade and any well-drained soil. If grown in full sun it will have...
Blooms of Bressingham
(Bergenia, Bressingham Ruby Bergenia, Elephant's Ears, Pig Squeak)
This selection of Bergenia, ‘Bressingham Ruby,’ has the distinction of dramatic color in autumn and winter, vivid flowers and compact habit. Like other bergenias, it is a low, evergreen perennial with large, rounded, glossy green leaves that grow from a wandering fleshy root in an unruly clump. In mid to late spring the plant sends up tall, thick stems that end in a generous cluster of small, rose-red flowers. In late fall and through winter the leaves are dark maroon and shiny. By spring, some may...
Blooms of Bressingham
(Bergenia, Bressingham White Bergenia, Elephant's Ears, Pig Squeak)
This selection of Bergenia, ‘Bressingham White’ has the distinction of profuse flowering, compact habit, and glossy leaves. Like other bergenias, it is a low, evergreen perennial with large, rounded green leaves that grow from a wandering fleshy root in an unruly clump. In mid to late spring the plant sends up tall, thick stems that end in a generous cluster of small, white flowers. In late fall and through winter the leaves turn shades of maroon. By spring, some may look weatherbeaten and should...
(Bergenia, Eden's Dark Margin Bergenia, Elephant's Ears, Pig Squeak)
This selection of Bergenia, ‘Eden’s Dark Margin,’ has the distinction of a thin line of red on the edge of its leaves. Like other bergenias, it is a low-growing, evergreen perennial with rounded green leaves with red undersides that grow from a wandering fleshy root and barely rise free of the ground. In mid to late spring the plant sends up short, thick stems, often purple, that end in a radiating cluster of small, magenta-pink flowers. In winter, the leaves turn shades of maroon. By spring, some...
(Bergenia, Elephant's Ears, Pig Squeak, Sunningdale Bergenia)
A hybrid bergenia, ‘Sunningdale’ grows as a spreading clump of large rounded leaves and flowers on fleshy stalks. Like other bergenias, it is a low-growing, evergreen perennial, its leaves rising from a wandering fleshy root, growing close together and upright in an unruly mat. In mid to late spring the plant sends up knee-high, red stems topped by a cluster of small, magenta flowers. In winter, the leaves turn shades of copper-red. By spring, some may look weatherbeaten and should be removed.
A slow spreading, clump-forming, evergreen perennial, bergenia is a good plant for semi-shady areas. The Bressingham series plants have been bred for their abundant spring blooms, compact habit and shiny, leathery dark green leaves which sometimes turn bronze in late fall and winter. The flowers are held in upright clusters above the leaves. They prefer moist, humusy soil but will tolerate short periods of drought. A nice plant for the woodland border or as a ground cover for small areas.
Eden Series Bergenia is a group of a clump forming evergreen perennials with large, rounded, toothed, dark green leathery leaves with red undersides. Small, nodding, pink to magenta, cup-shaped flowers appear in loosely arranged groups on upright fleshy stems in mid to late spring. The foliage turns to red in autumn. (At the limits of its cold hardiness, the foliage may die back then re-emerge at the end of bloom cycle.) Plants included in the Eden Series are the cultivars 'Eden's Magic Giant' and...