Chenille Plant, Acalypha hispida

Chenille, the French word for caterpillar, refers to a type of yarn with a characteristic texture and appearance that is echoed in the pendulous blossoms of the tropical plant Acalypha hispida, leading to it’s common name of chenille plant. If you want to know more about this exotic species grown as a houseplant or seasonal annual in our part of the world, read this article…

Zinnias

The National Garden Bureau has declared 2011 the “Year of the Zinnia”. Among the easiest flowers to grow, these annuals come in a wide range of colors, heights and flower types. It may be hard to choose from the hundreds of cultivars and hybrids. To learn which ones I particularly like, read this article…

Golden Trumpet, Allamanda cathartica

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…

Garlic Chives, Allium tuberosum

You may have noticed the white blossoms of garlic chives as they begin to bloom in late summer or early fall. Although edible, this southeast Asian perennial is more frequently used as an ornamental in North America. Learn more about Allium tuberosum in this article…

Dividing Bearded Iris

With the heat, humidity and mosquitoes of August you many not feel like working in the garden at this time of year, but a little time spent dividing crowded clumps of bearded iris now will pay great dividends in the future. These plants do best when divided every few years, and the process is really quite simple. To get detailed instructions, read this article…

Hibiscus ‘Lord Baltimore’

With big, bold crimson flowers, ‘Lord Baltimore’ hibiscus is a showstopper when in bloom. Not a tender tropical hibiscus, but a hardy herbaceous perennial, this tall plant is great as a specimen, an accent in the mixed garden or at the back of a perennial garden. To learn more about this flashy flower, read this article on ‘Lord Baltimore’ …

'Stargazer' Lily

Almost everyone knows the ‘Stargazer’ lily. This hybrid Oriental lily was introduced in 1978 and still is one of the most popular cultivars today. To learn more about this gorgeous, easy-to-grow plant, read this article on “Stargazer’ Lily …

Blue-eyed grass, Sisyrinchium

The genus Sisyrinchium is a large group of annuals and perennials with narrow leaves that produce a grass-like appearance. Another common feature of many species is the blue to purple flowers with yellow centers – prompting the common name of Blue-eyed Grass. To learn more about this group of plants native to the Americas, read this article…

Lady's Mantle, Alchemilla mollis

Lady’s mantle is an old-fashioned plant that still has a place in the ornamental garden. The European native Alchemilla mollis offers interesting foliage and an airy spray of yellow flowers in early summer. To learn more about this tough plant, read this article…

Dianthus 'Bath's Pink'

Want a sturdy, pink-flowered Dianthus for the border, rock garden or cottage garden for a burst of color this time of year? ‘Bath’s Pink’ is one of the most tolerant of heat, cold, humidity and drought – and is still vigorous enough to form a mat up to 3 feet across. To learn more about this great cultivar, read this article…

Ground Cover Veronicas

Do you need a low-growing groundcover that also flowers in the spring? Something to cover poor, rocky ground, or fill in among flagstones or pavers? There are a number of species of speedwell that fit the bill. To find out more about these plants in the genus Veronica, read this article…

Bellwort, Uvularia grandiflora

Are you familiar with the wildflower Uvularia grandiflora, one of the first woodland perennials to emerge in the spring? Also planted as an ornamental with understated pendant yellow flowers, this native plant is at home in the informal, shady garden as well as the woods. To learn more about this relatively uncommon plant, read this article on bellwort…

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