Perennials


Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis

With its spires of brilliant red flowers, cardinal flower is an unmistakable perennial for moist spots. This American native is found in moist open woods, streambanks and marshy areas throughout the eastern US from Canada through Central America. Learn more about this great plant with flowers that are irresistible to hummingbirds in this article...

Stachys ‘Hummelo’

The genus Stachys includes many members, some prized for their fuzzy leaves (lamb’s ears) while others are grown primarily for their flowers. The cultivar ‘Hummelo’ is one of the latter, with bright purple-pink flowers in mid-summer held well above the dark green basal leaves. Read more about this attractive Stachys cultivar in this article...

Japanese Bloodgrass, Imperata cylindrica var. rubra

With short, bright red leaves held upright for a spiky appearance, Japanese bloodgrass is an interesting addition to the garden for contrast in texture and color. But this species is also an invasive pest in many parts of the world. To learn more about this plant read this article... 
 

Chives, Allium schoenoprasum

Chives are a popular culinary herb in the home garden. This small-bulbed allium is easy to grow, as long as you have a sunny spot with good drainage. This herbaceous perennial can also be used as an ornamental in the landscape, and is particularly attractive when in bloom. To find out more about this herb, read this article...

Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica

Virginia bluebells is an herbaceous perennial that blooms in the spring, then disappears for the rest of the year. With pink buds and true pale blue flowers, this plant combines well with yellow daffodils and pink tulips for a spring show, and with other perennials to hide the spaces left behind when the bluebells go dormant. You can find out a lot more about this native woodland wildflower in this article...

Aztec Lily, Sprekelia formosissima

With bold red flowers, Aztec lily is a dramatic “summer bulb” to consider growing this year. This tender perennial can be grown as a houseplant or planted in the ground once the soil has warmed. To learn more about this Mexican native, read this article...
 

Arkansas or Thread-leaf Blue Star, Amsonia hubrichtii

Amsonia hubrichtii has been chosen by the Perennial Plant Association as their Plant of the Year 2011. With blue flowers in spring and bright foliage that really shines in the fall, this plant is a great addition to both formal and informal gardens. You can find out a lot more by reading this article...

 

Hosta of the Year 2011: 'Praying Hands'

Each year the American Hosta Growers Association chooses one plant to feature as the Hosta of the Year. For 2010, this honor is bestowed on ‘Praying Hands, a medium-sized plant with unique, folded leaves edged with cream to gold. It got its name from the narrow, tightly folded leaves that resemble hands folded in prayer. Whether you like this unusual, cultivar or not, you can read more about it this article...

Bleeding Heart, Dicentra spectabilis

Everything is decorated with hearts at Valentine’s Day. You’ll have to wait a while to decorate your garden with Bleeding Hearts, but you can learn more about this old-fashioned perennial right now by reading this article...

 

Horseradish, Armoracia rusticana

Every year the International Herb Association chooses one plant that is used as an herb to highlight. For 2011 this plant is horseradish, a plant long used as a condiment. To learn more about this tough herb, read this article...

 

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