Flowers are a popular gift for Mom. But cut flowers wither and die after just a few days, so why not get Mom a living bouquet instead so that she can enjoy your gift to her for years to come? Live plants and flowers are becoming more and more popular. So which living flowers make […]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.
Name: Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) Type: Biennial (sometimes considered a perennial) Growth habit: Also known as Dead Man’s Bells, Fairy Gloves, Finger Flower, and Fairy Thimbles (among many other variations,) the foxglove is an upright plant with fuzzy leaves. Blossoms appear (mid-late spring) on a tall spike that can reach as tall as 8 feet high […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Name: Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus) Type: Perennial Growth habit: Most of us are familiar with Swedish Ivy (also known by the common name “Creeping Charlie”) as a houseplant, though in some warmer climates it is an outside plant grown in the garden or as a wild ground cover. Its foliage is leathery but brittle, almost […]Continue Reading... 2 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Hardy Lily (Lilium) Type: Perennial Growth habit: Upright plant which can reach over 3 feet in some varieties. Light Level: Prefers full sun, will tolerate a small amount of shade. Water: Moderate. Fertilization: A general slow-release granular fertilizer in spring when new growth emerges and once again when the flowers fade. Planting Medium: Well […]Continue Reading... No Comments.