James H. Schutte
(American Cranberry, Hamilton Cranberry)
A dwarf form of a commercially important eastern North American native, this tiny, bun-shaped evergreen shrub is grown for ornamental rather than culinary purposes.
The low mounded stems of this miniature shrub are densely clad with petite rounded rich-green leaves which turn mahogany tones in winter. Clusters of small starry pink flowers appear in late spring and early summer, followed by a scattering of proportionately large, edible, red-skinned fruits with firm pinkish flesh.
(American Cranberry, Large Cranberry, Stevens Cranberry)
Grown commercially for its tart red berries, this creeping broadleaf evergreen shrub from eastern North America also makes an excellent plant for the culinary or ornamental garden. The prostrate stems root at the nodes to eventually form large mats of narrow dark-green leaves which turn bronze or red in winter. Clusters of pinkish urn-shaped flowers appear in summer, followed by proportionately large red-skinned fruits with firm pinkish flesh. The fruits are used in relishes, baked goods, and preserves....
A low mat-forming evergreen from upper latitudes worldwide, lingonberry provides a year-round display of attractive foliage, flowers, and fruits. Oval, glossy, dark green leaves densely line prostrate branches that root where they contact soil. Young leaves often are red- or orange-tinted. In late spring and early summer clusters of pendent bell-shaped white or pink flowers crowd the branch tips. Bright red, round fruits that taste like cranberries follow, becoming more flavorful with age. They are...
A low mat-forming evergreen from upper latitudes worldwide, lingonberry provides a year-round display of attractive foliage, flowers, and fruits. The compact selection 'Koralle' bears bears deep pink flowers all summer and produces larger and more prolific fruit over a longer season. Oval, glossy, dark green leaves crowd short prostrate branches that root where they contact soil, forming a dense compact cushion. Young leaves often are red- or orange-tinted. In late spring and throughout summer clusters...
The tall stems of this hardy herbaceous perennial are topped by branching, candelabra-like clusters of violet-blue to lavender-pink flowers from summer until fall. Swamp vervain is native to damp meadows and prairies across most of the United States and southern Canada.
The erect, waist- to shoulder-high stems are furnished with pairs of rough, toothed, lance-shaped leaves. The lower leaves are larger and sometimes arrowhead-shaped. In early summer, branching flower clusters terminating in slender...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Wingstem, Yellow Ironweed)
Though rarely seen outside of natural areas, wingstem is a tall, hardy perennial that's found in the prairies, old fields, ditches, streamsides and open forests of eastern North America. In late summer or early fall it produces informal, but pretty clusters of yellow daisies. It is often found growing with ironweed (Vernonia) and blooms at the same time, so another of its common names is "yellow ironweed."
The tall stems of this wildflower have distinctive green wings with small,...
James H. Schutte
(Blue Charm Speedwell, Spike Speedwell)
Veronica ‘Blue Charm’ forms a mat of mildew-resistant, green, lance-shaped, foliage from which arise many vertical, unbranched spikes packed with tiny, lavender-blue blooms. The fresh, cool-toned flowers of this lovely perennial add color to the garden over a long period from early through midsummer.
Thriving in full sun and reasonably rich, well-drained soil, Veronica ‘Blue Charm’ is somewhat tolerant of drought, but performs best with regular moisture. Its blooms make...
(Goodness Grows Speedwell, Spike Speedwell)
'Goodness Grows' is a compact, long-blooming hybrid of spike speedwell, a clump-forming perennial native to Europe and Asia. 'Goodness Grows' bears plumy, candle-like spikes of bright violet-blue flowers from late spring until fall. Its deep green leaves turn golden yellow in fall. It does best in full sun and well-drained soil. 'Goodness Grows' can be used in the mixed border or in containers. It looks beautiful when mixed with yellows and pinks.