James H. Schutte
(Eastern Purple Coneflower, Purple Coneflower, Vintage Wine Coneflower)
The rich raspberry pink daisies of 'Vintage Wine' are sweetly fragrant and free-flowering. This patented Terra Nova introduction has an upright vigorous habit, good branching and its colorful flowers are punctuated by dark red and brown conical centers. Coneflower originates from eastern North America where it inhabits open prairies, meadows, roadsides and forest margins.
Coneflower is a dependable garden staple that is happiest when planted in sites with full sun and well-drained, moderately...
James H. Schutte
(Eastern Purple Coneflower)
Upright, sturdy stems hold the white flowers of the White Lustre purple coneflower in summertime. Dating to the mid-20th century, this white-flowering selection was introduced by Carroll Gardens in Westminster, Maryland. Purple coneflower is an eastern North American wildflower. The petals of 'White Lustre' are angelic white and arch downward, surrounding a bronze-orange cone. If the old flowers are promptly cut away, or deadheaded, additional flowering occurs and can be extended well into late summer...
Mark A. Miller
(White Coneflower, White Swan Coneflower)
White Swan coneflower is an easy-to-grow, herbaceous perennial that is native to the eastern United States and Canada. In early to late summer, long, sturdy stems bear clean white, daisy flowers with large conical centers of amber orange. Bloom time may be extended if their spent flowers are removed, or deadheaded. A dependable garden staple, white swan coneflower self-sows freely but not aggressively. These natives are happiest when planted in sites with full sun and well drained, moderately fertile...
In the heat of summer, bright lavender pink daisies cover the pretty and wild Tennessee coneflower. This rare species is only native to the State of Tennessee and is on the United States Federal Endangered Species List. For this reason, the wild-type species is typically only available at specialty plant nurseries and seed suppliers.
This hardy herbaceous perennial wildflower is clump-forming and has linear, fuzzy green leaves. In summer it produces mauve-pink daisies with orange-brown central...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Rocky Top Tennessee Coneflower, Tennessee Coneflower)
Bright lavender pink daisies cover this compact Tennessee coneflower in the heat of summer. The vigorous and heavy flowering 'Rocky Top' is tough, beautiful and readily found in the garden trade. The parent species, Echinacea tennesseensis, is only native to the State of Tennessee and is on the United States Federal Endangered Species List. For this reason, it is typically only available at specialty plant nurseries and seed suppliers, though 'Rocky Top' is easily obtained.
(Common Viper's Bugloss)
Native to Europe and western Asia and a common roadside weed over much of the United States, this bristly biennial is grown for its tall summer-long spikes of azure flowers.
First-year seedlings of this hardy biennial form broad rosettes of large, rough, lance-shaped leaves. The following growing season, long steeple-like clusters of small funnel-shaped blooms are borne on stout upright stems that continue to appear from late spring to late summer. Flowers are typically pink aging to blue, but...
James H. Schutte
(Blue Bedder Bugloss, Common Viper's Bugloss)
A compact, blue-flowered selection of a bristly Eurasian biennial, 'Blue Bedder' blooms its first year if sown in early spring.
Rosettes of rough, lance-shaped leaves give rise to conical clusters of small, violet-blue, funnel-shaped blooms on calf-high stems. Seedlings started in early spring bloom from early to late summer; those started in fall bloom from late spring to midsummer the following year. Plants usually self-sow abundantly if not deadheaded.
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Russian olive is a large deciduous shrub or small tree that's remarkably hardy and beautiful but known to be invasive. It is native to southern Europe, Russia, central Asia and parts of China where it inhabits coastal regions, lake shores, dry river beds and mountainous areas. It has also become naturalized throughout much of North America. In addition to its graceful habit and silvery leaves it is valued for its edible fruit, quality timber and fast-growing nature.
The narrow, lance-shaped leaves...
(Red King Russion Olive, Russion Olive)
Russian olive is a large, deciduous shrub or small tree. It is native to southern Europe, central Asia and parts of China. The narrow, lance-shaped leaves are green above and silvery, gray-green below. Its brown, scaly, often thorny branches are covered with exfoliating bark that adds winter interest. The cultivar ‘Red King’ has silvery white, strongly fragrant flowers with yellow centers occur in late spring or early summer and are followed by edible, red-rust, olive-like fruit.