Aquilegia – Columbine, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

The names of this flower are interesting to the garden lover with imagination. It is called Columbine, some say, because the flowers appear like the cap of a court jester; others have suggested that the spurs of the flowers cause them to appear like a ring of doves (Colombo) about a dish. And its name Aquilegia, is it from aguilegus, […]

Helenium – Sneezeweed, Helen’s Flower, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

The Heleniums are tall growing autumnal plants which are closely related to the Sunflower. The blooming period is from June to the end of September and during this time the plants are covered with flowers of mahogany-crimson, coppery-bronze, lemon-yellow, and light and deep rich yellows. The flowers are flat. and are borne in large heads or clusters. They grow from […]

Papaver – Oriental Poppy, Iceland Poppy, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Papaver – Oriental Poppy, Iceland Poppy There are Poppies and Poppies, old-fashioned ones and new varieties, and it would almost seem that they grow more dazzling and more gorgeous each year. Perhaps they are grown in a greater number of gardens and we see their brilliant colors everywhere during the early Summer months, or perhaps, we too have learned the […]

Adlumia fungosa – Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Adlumia fungosa – Mountain Fringe, Allegheny Vine, Climbing Fumitory . This dainty biennial vine, native as it is in our own country, is little known. The leaves are fine and resemble the foliage of a Maidenhair fern. These plants are related to the Bleeding Heart and Dutchman’s Breeches and the flowers, which are white or purplish, are tubular and unmistakably […]

Dicentra and Dielytra – Bleeding Heart, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

The grace of the Dicentras charms us whether in the woods or the garden. The Bleeding Heart, Dicentra (Dielytra) spectabilis is one of our most showy old-fashioned flowers which everyone loves. It grows from 2 feet to 4 feet tall and spreads out almost the same distance. The leaves, which are a light, transparent green, are very neat, exceedingly graceful […]

Guem – Avens, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Among our pernicious weeds is one whose seeds are provided with hooks which catch in our clothing when on a Summer walk through the woods. This is a Geum. It is a surprise, therefore, to find several excellent perennial flowers as its relatives. The common species, Geum coccineum, or chiloense¬†as it is more properly called, grows from 12. inches to […]

Echinops – Globe Thistle, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Echinops – Globe Thistle The Globe Thistle is very interesting if one likes thorny, prickly plants. The leaves are large, deeply cut and very prickly. The stems are silver-white, while the flowers are either white or a grayish metallic blue. The flower heads are round like a ball and are entirely covered with needle-like thistles All of the species bloom […]

Alyssum – Madwort, Basket of Gold, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Alyssum – Madwort, Basket of Gold, Gold Dust, Goldentuft, Rockmadwort The various Alyssums have been known for a long time as one of the best, if not the best, edging plant for borders of all kinds. They have been combined with Darwin Tulips, with Rock Cress (Arabis) and the False Wall Cress (Aubrietia), and also with shrubs, such as the […]

Salvia – Sage, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Saliva – Sage LIGHT BLUE SALVIAS. Salvia Azurea grandiflora. This species is one of great beauty, bearing light azure colored flowers in great profusion upon tall, slender spikes. The plants grow from 3 feet to 4 feet tall and bloom from August until frost. S. farinaceaclosely resembles the former species, except that the calyx ; enclosing the flowers is a […]