Epimedium – Bishop’s Hat, Barrenwort, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Epimedium – Bishop’s Hat, Barrenwort After reading the description of the Epimedium by Miss M. R. Case in “Horticulture,” we have decided to abandon all hopes of describing this dainty flower in our own crude words. She writes: “Blossoming under a great Oak, where Maidenhair and Dicksonia ferns grow to perfection, is a dainty herb from Japan known as the […]

Thalictrum – Meadow Rue, Feathered Columbine, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

  Thalictrum – Meadow Rue, Feathered Columbine These graceful, feathery flowers add an airy appearance to the border of perennials. The leaves are fine and resemble the foliage of the Columbine. Some sorts arc natives of our woods, but the cultivated species are superior in the size of their plumy heads. SPECIES. Thalictrum aquilegifolium. White flowers, June, 3 feet tall. […]

Trollius – Globe Flower, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

  Trollius – Globe Flower The Globe Flower is a glorified Buttercup; its leaves and flowers resemble the Buttercup in form but are larger. Improved varieties have orange, gold, orange-red and lemon-colored flowers, often double. The commonest species is Trollius europaeus, but while all the cataloged species resemble each other in form, the seasons and the colors of the flowers […]

Edelweiss, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Edelweiss Everyone knows of the fame of the small Edelweiss of the Alps and every tourist who travels through Switzerland learns the mysterious story of how they grow under overhanging cliff’s which means the risk of life when one wishes to get them. But ideal plants can be grown in our own gardens just as easily as any other plant. […]

COREOPSIS – Flower of the year

COREOPSIS – FLOWER OF THE YEAR Coreopsis (said as core-e-OP-siss) is a popular flower—among the top ten perennials— with many new cultivars (cultivated varieties) to choose from in recent years. Coreopsis generally resist deer feeding, is drought tolerant once established, and being quite care-free are good for beginners and low-maintenance gardens. They’re popular, too, with pollinators, and provide seeds for […]

Growing Hostas, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Hosta  –  Plantain Lily Two sorts of flowers have been called Day Lilies-Funkia (or Hosta, as it is sometimes called) and Hemerocallis. Both are old favorites in the garden. The flowers of the latter group are orange and yellow Most of the Funkias are grown for their excellent foliage which is produced in clumps. The one most commonly grown in […]

Dianthus – Hardy Pinks, Sweet William, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Dianthus – Hardy Pinks, Sweet William, Carnation,  The Pinks and the Sweet Williams are still one of the old-fashioned favorites for the garden. There are many species and varieties, nearly all of which make dense tufts of grass-like growth. The Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) is gorgeous when in bloom. The early English writers used to tell us that the narrow-leaved varieties were called […]

Stokesia – Stokes Aster, Cornflower Aster, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Stokesia – Stokes Aster, Cornflower Aster Generally we do not think of a China Aster resembling a Cornflower, but it is true that the Stokesia resembles them both. Stokesia Iaevis (cyanea) is a low plant, seldom above 1 1/2 feet tall, and with light lavender blue, white, purple and rose colored flowers produced from early July to October. UTILIZE. They are […]

Daisies, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Daisies The word “Daisy”? was formerly written Day’s Eye, and the Daisies are really well named, for there is no season in the garden when some sort of Daisy is not in bloom. The Shasta Daisy, Chrysanthemum maximum, is like a field Daisy seen through a magnifying glass. Most of us like the bright, Daisy-like flowers and we are delighted […]