Perennials

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Hairy Toad Lily, Tricyrtis hirta

What’s blooming in your late season garden? There aren’t as many choices of shade-loving perennials that flower in the fall as those that bloom in spring or summer, but one to consider is Tricyrtis hirta. Learn more about this Japanese species of toad lily with exotic-looking, orchid-like flowers by reading this article....

False Solomon’s Seal, Maianthemum racemosum

Solomon’s seals are great native woodland plants to add to any shade garden. False Solomon’s seal looks very similar to the “true” Solomon’s seal, but the two are easily distinguished by the shape and location of the flowers and berries. Learn more about Maianthemum racemosum (false Solomon's seal)  in this article...

Scarlet Runner Bean, Phaseolus coccineus

If you’re looking for a multipurpose plant to cover a trellis or fence, provide some food, and have showy flowers, look no further than scarlet runner bean. This fast-growing ornamental edible offering bright red flowers and tasty beans is right at home in any garden. Learn more about scarlet runner bean in this article…

Feather Reed Grass, Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’

Ornamental grasses can add texture and movement in a garden. ‘Karl Foerster’is a great cultivar of feather reed grass that provides vertical interest with its tall, narrow flower heads. It adapts readily to many types of soils, is drought tolerant once established, and is hardy in zones 3-9. Learn more about this low-maintenance plant in this article...

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 lindheimeri

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... 

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