A perennial classic, spike speedwell is a prized long-blooming herbaceous ornamental that offers pretty spikes of flowers in summer and sometimes into fall. This clump or mat-forming plant comes from Europe and western Asia where it inhabits open grasslands, hills and woodsides. The foliage can be light to dark green, or silvery gray-green in the case of subspecies incana and its hybrids. In summer it bears candelabra-like clusters of many small purple, violet-blue, rose, pink, or white...
(Red Fox Speedwell, Spike Speedwell)
The rose-pink flower spikes of ‘Red Fox’ will add pizzazz to the summer garden. Spike speedwell is a long-blooming ornamental that offers pretty spikes of flowers in summer and sometimes into fall. This clump or mat-forming plant originates from Europe and western Asia where is inhabits open grasslands, hills and woodsides.
The foliage is rich green and turns yellow-green in fall. In summer it bears upright, candle-like spikes of many rose-pink flowers. These are lightly fragrant, highly attractive...
Ernst Benary® Inc.
(Sightseeing Mix Speedwell, Spike Speedwell)
The long tapered flower clusters of the Sightseeing Series are great for cutting and easily grown from seed. These herbaceous perennials are selections of spike speedwell, a clump-forming plant from Europe and western Asia. In summer they bear candle-like clusters of many small purple, violet-blue, rose, pink, or white flowers on thigh-high stems. The popular 'Sightseeeing Mix' contains all the colors this series offers. The flowers are magnets for bees and butterflies. Bloom will often be prolonged...
(Sightseeing Speedwell, Spike Speedwell)
The long tapered flower clusters of the Sightseeing Series are great for cutting and easily grown from seed. These herbaceous perennials are selections of spike speedwell, a clump-forming plant from Europe and western Asia. In summer they bear candle-like clusters of many small purple, violet-blue, rose, pink, or white flowers on thigh-high stems. The flowers are magnets for bees and butterflies. Bloom will often be prolonged if spent racemes are removed. The gray green, lance-shaped foliage turns...
Forming handsome carpets of fuzzy silvery semi-evergreen leaves, this herbaceous perennial is native to the steppes of Russia. In summer, it bears plumy spikes of purple-blue flowers in candelabra-like clusters. They attract bees and butterflies. Silver speedwell has been crossed with spike speedwell to produce several silver-leaved cultivars, including the pink-flowered 'Minuet' and violet-blue-flowered 'Sarabande.'
This beautiful perennial does best in full sun and well-drained soil. Avoid...
(Culver's Root, Fascination Culver's Root)
The bold, lavender-pink "flower candles" of the compact Culver's root, 'Fascination', are beautiful and loved by butterflies. A tall North American native, Culver's root has handsome whorled leaves and produces skyward spikes of white or pale lavender "flower candles" in summer. In the garden, it is a grand informal wildflower for large garden areas. This long-lived perennial naturally inhabits the moist, rich woodland edges and meadows from eastern and central North America from Ontario down to...
(Maple-leaved Viburnum, Mapleleaf Arrowwood)
Named for its maple-like foliage that turns sunset tones in autumn, this small deciduous shade-loving shrub makes a great choice for woodland gardens in its native eastern North America.
Suckering to form loose thickets, the fuzzy brown stems are rather sparsely furnished with three-lobed, dark green leaves that resemble maple foliage. In late spring, flat-topped clusters of yellowish white flowers appear, attracting insects for pollination. The small red berries that ensue ripen to red in summer...
(Appalachian Tea Tree, Swamp Blackhaw, Swamp Viburnum, Wild Raisin, Witherod Viburnum)
Numerous common names exist for the Appalachian tea tree, one of northeastern North America's most ornamental native shrubs. Not only are the white flower clusters pretty in spring, but the ensuing berry clusters and fall foliage ranges in numerous colors. As early as the 1760s, Europeans recognized the landscape potential of this suckering deciduous shrub, soon taking it back to England to fill gardens. It's also known as “witherod” viburnum, an Old English term that refers to this shrub's flexible...
(Arrowwood Viburnum, Southern Arrowwood)
Hardy and reliable, arrowwood is a useful medium-sized to large deciduous shrub that is amenable to many growing conditions and soil types. This native of the eastern United States has straight upright stems, a rounded habit, and distinctive dark green, coarsely toothed leaves that turn shades of yellow, burgundy or purple-red in fall. In late spring to early summer, it bears flattened clusters of creamy white flowers. If another arrowwood cultivar is nearby, they are followed by blue-black berry-like...
Mark A. Miller
(Arrowwood Viburnum, Blue Muffin™ Viburnum, Southern Arrowwood)
A compact selection of a hardy and reliable eastern North American shrub, Blue Muffin™ is useful in locations that won't accommodate a full-sized arrowwood. It is notable for its generous late spring display of flat white flower clusters that are followed in summer by conspicuous, shiny, round blue fruits favored by birds. Cross-pollination with another cultivar is required for heavy fruit set. A dense mounded deciduous shrub with straight upright stems, it has distinctive dark green, coarsely toothed...