Flowers


Black Petunias

Garden writers proclaimed the new black petunias as the hottest thing a year or two ago. Are these groundbreaking plants here to stay or were they just a novelty whose allure has worn off? Learn more about the performance of these interesting cultivars and how they can be used in the garden by reading this article...

More All America Selections for 2013

All-America Selections presented six 2013 Award Winners in November, and now has announced two additional winners for the 2013 season, for a total of eight Winners for 2013. Both of these additional Winners are double zinnias in the successful 'Profusion' series. To learn more about these great plants, read this article...

Desert Rose, Adenium obesum

Looking for a plant with both pretty flowers and interesting growth form? Desert rose offers large, tubular red, pink or white flowers on a plump-based succulent plant that is bound to be a conversation piece. Although not common, this plant can be found at more retailers than in the past. Learn more about Adenium obesum and its relatives in this article... 

All America Selections 2013

All-America Selections has announced six 2013 AAS Winners. Following a trial period where these new, never-before-sold varieties are "Tested Nationally and Proven Locally" the AAS judges have submitted their evaluations and selected only the best performers as AAS Winners. To learn more about these great plants, read this article...

Laurentia, Isotoma axillaris

Star-shaped flowers of blue, pink or white and ferny foliage makes laurentia a great filler in the flower bed or containers. Although this plant is really a perennial, since it is only hardy to zone 7, most Wisconsin gardeners use it as an annual to add pleasingly fine foliage and soft color in the garden. Read more about laurentia in 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...

Scarlet sage, Salvia coccinea

Add some airy sprays of colorful flowers to your gardens with this pretty plant. A perennial in its native habitat from Central America to the southeastern US, scarlet sage is used as an annual or bedding plant in cooler climates. Several cultivars offer bright and pastel blooms on sturdy plants. To learn more about Salvia coccinea, read 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... 

Castor Bean, Ricinus communis

Looking to add drama to your landscape? Castor bean is a fast-growing tender perennial with huge leaves that can be used as a seasonal annual  in cooler climates. Chose from a number of varieties of this East African native selected for their ornamental value to make a bold statement in your garden. To learn more about this plant, read this article... 

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