Perennials


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...

 

Allamanda cathartica, Golden Trumpet

Looking for a flowering tropical plant to enliven a really bright corner of your house or sunroom? Allamanda cathartica is an attractive landscape ornamental in tropical locations, but can also be grown as a houseplant or seasonal outdoor plant in colder climates. To learn more about this “golden” plant, read this article...

Golden Creeping Jenny, Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'

There are plenty of green groundcovers, but not as many that offer the interesting contrast of golden foliage. The leaves of Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ vary from lime green to brassy gold, depending on light exposure. This vigorous, very low grower is useful in containers as a trailing plant or to fill in around larger perennials. Learn more about this cultivar by checking out this article...

Storing Tender “Bulbs” for Winter

This time of year frost is bound to nip non-hardy plants still outdoors. If you have any of the tender “bulbs” (plants which grow from fleshy storage structures even if they aren’t technically true bulbs) you’ll need to get those into storage for the winter soon. Find out more about preparing these plants to save for the next growing season in this article...

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