Name: African Violet (Saintpaulia) Type: Perennial Growth habit: Compact, upright (some varieties somewhat trailing) fuzzy-leafed plant with colorful blossoms. Most often seen in homes and offices as a decorative plant. Light Level: Prefers bright indirect light and even will even grow in environments with entirely florescent lighting. Water: Generously, but allow soil to dry out […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Name: Azalea (Rhododendron Tsutsuji) Type: Perennial Growth habit: Upright woody shrub with some varieties remaining low to the ground and others reaching 5 feet or more in height. Light Level: Prefers a mostly sunny location, but will tolerate full sun or partial shade. Water: Moderate to generous. Fertilization: Mulching with organic materials should provide enough […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Name: Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Type: Annual Growth habit: Upright plant (up to 2 feet tall) with a sweet scent and flavor. Light Level: Prefers full sun, tolerates small amount of shade. Water: Generously. Water at ground level and keep leaves dry for best results. Fertilization: Any water-soluble fertilizer formulated for garden flowers or vegetables. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Name: Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) Type: Perennial Growth habit: Bearded Iris are grown from rhizomes (sometimes erroneously referred to as bulbs or tubers). Their large, colorful blossoms appear in mid spring, 1-3 feet above their leathery, blade-shaped leaves. Light Level: Full sun to partial shade. Water: Low to moderate. Somewhat drought tolerant after blooming. Fertilization: […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Name: Bleeding Heart (Dicentra) Type: Perennial Growth habit: Bleeding heart plants have lacy foliage that grows as a clump up to three feet wide and tall. In early to mid spring, Bleeding Hearts produce graceful stems covered in their namesake blossoms; heart-shaped flowers most often seen in pink or white. Light Level: Partial sun to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Name: Butterfly Bush (Buddleja) Type: Perennial Growth habit: Upright woody shrub that grows to over 12 feet. Most varieties bear colorful, fragrant blossoms mid through late summer. Light Level: Prefers full sun, but will tolerate some shade. Water: Moderate to generous. Fertilization: None needed. May actually flower more without fertilization. Planting Medium: Well-draining. Mulch to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Name: California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) Type: Annual Growth habit: Upright plant with lacy, sparse foliage and bright cup-shaped flowers in various shades of orange, yellow, red or pink. Beware, they may reseed readily! Light Level: Prefers full sun. Water: Little to moderate. Very drought tolerant. Fertilization: Fertilizer not needed. Planting Medium: Well draining soil is […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Name: Calypso Orchid (Calypso bulbosa) Type: Perennial Growth habit: Leaves are nearly unnoticeable and grow close to the ground. The tiny blossoms perch no more than 6 inches above the ground. They are found in various shades of pink, white or purple and are often speckled combinations of each. Light Level: Filtered sun to full […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Name: Camellia (Camellia) Type: Perennial Growth habit: The camellia is actually a small, leathery-leafed, evergreen tree, but gardeners typically grow it like a large shrub. Many varieties grow to over 15 feet tall, and some can even reach 20 meters. Camellias bear their rose-like blossoms in late winter or early spring in many areas. Light […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Names: Coneflower (Echinacea) Type: Perennial Growth habit: Coneflowers are hardy, low growing plants with spade shaped leaves that send up stems topped with daisy-like flowers in mid summer. The blossoms can rise as high as four feet tall and come in various shades of yellow, orange, pink, purple and white. The center of a coneflower […]Continue Reading... No Comments.