Caryopteris – Blue Spiraea, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Caryopteris – Blue Spiraea This Blue Spiraea is another one of the good, Fall blooming plants. It is shrubby in nature, growing from 3 feet to 4 feet tall with small leaves and clusters of small, rich lavender-blue flowers. It begins blooming in September and continues until cut by the frost. The flowers are arranged in whorls at the axils […]

Centaurea – Knapweed, Hardy Cornflower, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Centaurea – Knapweed, Hardy Cornflower, Hardheads, Mountain Bluet The Centaureas are some of the most graceful flowers to grow in any garden. The flower heads are like showy, ragged thistle blooms of bright red, deep purple, golden yellow and blue. They grow from 2 feet to 3 1/2 feet tall and bloom during the Summer months. SPECIES. The Golden Knapweed […]

Callirhoe – Poppy Mallow, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Callirhoe – Poppy Mallow The Poppy Mallow has long, trailing stems with many saucer shaped or Poppy-shaped flowers. These flowers are borne in the axils of the leaves and vary in color from rosy crimson to cherry red and rose, with white centers. Callirhoe involucrata is the most useful species and blooms all during the Summer and early Fall. The leaves […]

Cactus, Hardy – Opuntia, Echinocactus, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Cactus, Hardy – Opuntia, Echinocactus The Cacti, as everyone knows, are plants with thick, fleshy stems covered with spines, for usually there are no leaves. The Opuntias, which are perhaps the most common ones grown in the northern states, have large and flat branches. They have many colored spines and exquisite flowers. The spines are black, brown, purple, yellow or […]

Buddleia – Butterfly Bush, Summer Lilac, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Buddleia – Butterfly Bush, Summer Lilac Buddleias have made a great place for themselves in the garden where their abundant bloom, attractive color and delicate fragrance wins our admiration the first time we become acquainted with them. These plants are nearly hardy shrubs, but because of our cold Winters they serve as perennials with us. SPECIES. B. variabilis is a […]

Boltonia – False Starwort, False Chamomile, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Boltonia – False Starwort, False Chamomile The Boltonias bloom at the same time and resemble some of the wild Asters of the garden and woodland. The leaves are long and grayish and in these characteristics are roughly distinguished from the perennial Asters, or Michaelmas Daisies. The catalogs commonly list three sorts: B. asteroides, a tall, white sort growing 4 feet […]

Arabis – Rock Cress, Wall Cress, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Arabis – Rock Cress, Wall Cress The Rock Cress is a small, white, four-petaled flower and its masses of snowy bloom early in the Spring contrast beautifully with the Basket of Gold (Alyssum saxatile compactum) and the blue False Wall Cress (Aubrietia). It blooms very soon after the snow disappears and the flowers are so numerous that when a plant […]

Asphodel – King’s Spear, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Asphodel – King’s Spear The classic Asphodel is rarely seen in gardens although its interesting, tall and stately spikes of yellow and white flowers are of interest to garden lovers. The Asphodels are variously cataloged as Asphodeline and Asphodelus; the former genus is erect and has leafy stems, the latter is stemless. In Asphcdeline lutea the flowers are sweet scented […]