Perennials


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...

Rattlesnake Master, Eryngium yuccifolium

Looking for a native plant with winter interest? Rattlesnake master is an herbaceous perennial from the prairies whose unusual golf ball-like flowers heads are rather sculptural. Although at home in native gardens, it also works well as an accent in the perennial border. To learn more about this plant, read this article...

Northern Maidenhair Fern, Adiantum pedatum

With finely cut foliage, northern maidenhair fern is an attractive addition to shade gardens with rich moist soil. Adiantum pedatum is just one of many maidenhair ferns, although the only one hardy in our area. It has distinctive, fine-textured fronds on dark-colored stems up to 2 feet tall. Learn more about this native species in this article...

Bloody Dock, Rumex sanguineus

Bloody dock is an attractive plant with a network of brightly colored veins on its wide, lance-shaped leaves. This rosette-forming plant is easily grown as an annual or perennial in sun to partial shade and can even be used in a water garden. Find out more about Rumex sanginueus by reading this article...
 

Variegated Purple Moor Grass, Molinia caerulea ‘Variegata’

If you’re looking for a small, well-behaved ornamental grass to add a splash of color to the landscape, you can’t go wrong with the purple moor grass cultivar ‘Variegata’. This selection of Molinia caerulea, a bunchgrass with airy flower spikes, offers striped cream and green foliage. To learn more about this attractive plant, read this article...

Lamb's Ear, Stachys byzantina, 'Cotton Boll'

Lamb's ears (Stachys byzantina) are frequently used in Midwestern gardens for their soft, silvery foliage. One cultivar that is a little different than the rest is 'Cotton Boll', so named for the unusual flower spikes that resemble cotton balls arranged along the stem. To learn more about this sterile cultivar with nice foliage, read this article...

Pineapple Mint, Mentha suaveolens ‘Variegata’

Pineapple mint is a fuzzy-leaved plant that can be used as an herb but is more commonly included in the garden as an ornamental for its variegated foliage. Like other mints, it can spread aggressively so needs to be used judiciously. To learn more about this plant, read this article...
 

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