David L. Morgan
Canada wildrye is a versatile ornamental grass that has attractive bluish green foliage and gently nodding, wheat-like flower and seedheads in autumn and winter. A clump forming perennial, it is native to a vast area of temperate North America. In spring, erect stems start to bear the long, often weeping bluish gray-green or medium green leaves. By late summer and into fall, stem tips form dense green flowerspikes that look like those of wheat. The begin to turn beige as fall progresses, which is...
The sweetly fragant, waxy, pale-pink bell-flowers of trailing arbutus are one of the highlights of spring in the eastern North American woods, and in any garden that is blessed with this delightful broadleaf evergreen. Creeping stems bear loose mats of oblong, wavy-edged, slightly fuzzy leaves, held stiffly on relatively long stalks. The flowers cluster among the leaves at the tips of the stems. Forms with double or deep-pink flowers are sometimes available.
This lovely little woodlander likes...
James H. Schutte
This ancient plant is flowerless and spreads by rhizomes. Commonly called horsetail, it is a hardy evergreen perennial that consists of fine, hollow, green stems divided by black-rimmed joints. It has a broad natural distribution and can be found growing in temperate regions throughout North America and Eurasia.
Horsetail prefers moist to wet organic-rich soil and will tolerate full sun to partial sun. It can become invasive if not properly contained or maintained and looks best in naturalistic...
Blooms of Bressingham
(Fleabane, Prosperity Fleabane)
Hybrid fleabane ‘Prosperity’ is a long-blooming, clump-forming perennial which covers itself with pale lavender-blue, semi-double daisies from late spring to midsummer. Highly attractive to butterflies, the yellow-centered flowers are carried on tall, slender stems, and somewhat resemble asters.
This easy to grow perennial prefers full sun and moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Light afternoon shade may be beneficial where summers are very hot. Removal of spent flowering stems keeps the plants...
James H. Schutte
Aspen fleabane is a clump-forming, herbaceous species native to the northwestern United States and Canada. This perennial is valued for its showy summer display of lavender to purple, yellow-centered daisies. The flowers bloom on tall, slender stems rising from low clumps of lance- or spoon-shaped foliage, and are attractive to butterflies. This species has yielded many cultivars, including those with double or more deeply colored flowers.
Easy to grow, this perennial prefers full sun and moist,...
This beautiful mat-forming perennial from mountains and high valleys of western North America is an excellent plant for dry upland gardens. Its carpets of small spoon-shaped evergreen leaves give rise in summer to upright woolly calf-high flower stalks topped with tight rounded clusters of creamy yellow blooms. The flowers are a favorite of butterflies. The leaves are olive- to bright-green above and gray and felted underneath.
This plant does best in full sun and very well drained, relatively...
(Pastel Patchwork Wallflower, Wallflower)
The variegated lilac, lemon, and terracotta blooms of 'Pastel Patchwork' stand in soft contrast to the brash hues of most other wallflowers. Sometimes used as an annual or biennial, this evergreen perennial produces erect spikes of fragrant cross-shaped blooms in spring. Flowering begins in late winter in mild climates, and may recur in summer and fall if conditions are cool. The calf- to knee-high flower stalks arise from dense clumps of deep gray-green lance-shaped leaves.
Like most wallflowers,...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The bright, sweetly fragrant blooms of this southern European native are a familiar spring sight (and smell) in English gardens. This herbaceous perennial is usually grown as an annual or biennial, performing its best when temperatures aren't too warm.
Low shrubby clumps of narrow, lance-shaped, bright green leaves give rise in spring to short erect stems topped with dense clusters of four-petaled blooms. Flower color may be orange, red, maroon, yellow, or ivory. Deadheaded plants often rebloom...