Perennials


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...
 

Hosta of the Year 2012: 'Liberty'

Each year the American Hosta Growers Association chooses one plant to feature as the Hosta of the Year. For 2012, this honor is bestowed on ‘Liberty', a slow-growing, mid-sized plant with dramatically vareigated leaves. It is a patented sport of another very popular variety, 'Sagae'. Find out more about this cultivar in this article...

Lamiastrum galeobdolon, Yellow Archangel

Yellow archangel is a hardy perennial in the mint family related to Lamium (deadnettles). Generally only variegated cultivars of this plant are grown, primarily for their foliage, although they do have interesting flowers for a short time every year. To learn more about Lamiastrum galeobdolon, read this article...

Chicory, Cichorium intybus

Do you recognize those blue flowers along the roadside that will keep blooming until frost (if not mowed off)? That's chicory, an escaped, naturalized European plant that has been used for food and forage since ancient times, although most Americans know it just as a weed. To learn more about Chicorium intybus, read this article... 

Erythronium ‘Pagoda’

With big yellow flowers, the Erythronium hybrid 'Pagoda' is a great addition to shady gardens. Developed from two species of native North American wildflowers, this spring bloomer will naturalize in woodland gardens and combines well with bleeding heart, columbine and hostas. To learn more about this garden ornamental, read this article... 

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

Early spring bloomers are much appreciated after a long, cold winter. Bloodroot is one of the first wildflowers to open its bright white flowers in Midwestern woodlands. This native plant is at home in deciduous forests and in gardens where appropriate conditions can be provided. To learn more about this spring wildflower, read this article...

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