Perennials


Scent in the Garden

If you couldn't see, would you think about your garden differently? Most garden designers think about its visual appeal, but little else. Many plants have features that appeal to our other senses. Considering fragrance in the plants you use can take your garden to another level. Learn more about scent in the garden in this article...

Eastern Red Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis

A favorite of returning ruby throated hummingbirds and gardeners alike, Aquilegia canadensis is at its best when it shows off its dangling blooms of red and yellow for several weeks in the spring. This native species is equally at home in naturalized settings and ornamental gardens. To learn more about eastern red columbine, read this article...

Hosta of the Year 2014: ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’

Each year the American Hosta Growers Association chooses one plant to feature as the Hosta of the Year. For 2014, this honor is bestowed on ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’, a cultivar with large, heavily puckered, cupped blue leaves. Find out more about this slug-resistant cultivar in this article...
 

Yellow Wax Bells, Kirengeshoma palmata

Mums, aster and goldenrod are the main players in the autumn garden, with few options for shade perennials that bloom late in the year. An unusual, late-blooming plant for the shade garden with striking foliageis yellow wax bells. Find out more about this plant that comes into its own as everything around it is starting to decline in this article...

Gaura, Gaura lindheimerii

If you're looking for an airy flowering plant with a long bloom period, gaura is a great choice as it starts flowering on long, wispy spikes in early summer and continues through a hard frost – making it useful as an annual where not hardy. There are also many compact cultivars. Learn more about this native North American perennial in this article...

Sage, Salvia officinalis

Sage may be best known as a flavoring for stuffing at Thanksgiving, but there's much more to this aromatic plant. With attractive foliage and interesting flowers, this short lived perennial is a great addition to herb gardens, perennial borders or containers. Read more about this useful culinary, medicinal and ornamental plant in this article... 

Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum

Geranium maculatum is a pretty flowering plant native to eastern North America. In addition to filling natural woodland openings, this herbaceous perennial works well in informal gardens as well, offering loose clusters of pink flowers in late spring to early summer. Learn more about wild geranium in this article...

Hepatica

Spring is heralded in Wisconsin woodlands by a number of wildflowers. One of the earliest of these is Hepatica, with delicate, starry flowers in a range of colors from white to purple. Learn more about these native plants in the buttercup family, whose tri-lobed leaves were once thought to have medicinal properties, by reading this article...

Coffee, Coffea spp.

Coffee is a beloved beverage around the world, but most people are only vaguely aware of where it comes from. The roasted "beans" are the seeds of a handsome tropical evergreen shrub with deep green, glossy leaves that can be grown as a houseplant. To learn more about this wonderful plant and how coffee is created, read this article... 

Voodoo Lily, Amorphophallus konjac

Voodoo lily is a member of the philodendron family that grows from a tuber. Each tuber produces a single tripartite leaf on a tall, mottled stem. This unusual tropical plant is easy to grow as a seasonal conversation piece and store indoors as a dormant “bulb” during the winter. To learn more about Amorphophallus konjacread this article...

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