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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Easter Lily, Lilium longiflorum

You can readily find Easter lilies in bloom at this time of year. This hardy bulb is forced out of season to provide floral displays for this holiday. Whether you want these fragrant flowers to brighten your home at this time of year, or would just like to have them bloom in your garden at their normal time, this is a plant well worth getting to know. Read on to learn more about Lilium longiflorum

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