Grasses, Ornamental, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Grasses, Ornamental Arrhenatherum bulbosum variegatum A dwarf, decorative grass of tufted habit growing only 8 inches high. The green and white leaves retain their clear color throughout ‘ the season. It is used where a white edging or border is desired. Arundo Donax-Giant Reed This is the tallest of the ornamental grasses, sometimes growing in rich, deep soil to a […]

Gypsophila – Baby’s Breath, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Gypsophila – Baby’s Breath, Chalk Plant, Gauze Flower, Fairies’ Breath The Gypsophila is one of the daintiest of the old-fashioned flowers with a misty grace which is not found in other flowers. The flowers themselves are tiny, white or blush-white and the plants are covered with myriads of these blossoms all during the Summer. The plant grows from 2 feet […]

Helianthus – Perennial Sunflower, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Helianthus – Perennial Sunflower These bold perennials are so diverse in their habits that it is hoped that the reader will not come to them with prejudice ‘ because some of its relatives are coarse and grasping in nature. Some of the sorts are actually dainty. All the sorts are tones of golden yellow and they are usually tall growers. […]

Heather – Heath, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Heather – Heath The American finds it almost unholy to write of Heather because his remarks may be read by a Scotchman who might wonder by what right an American obtained permission to discuss these bonny plants. There are a number of sorts of Heathers which may be grown in the northern United States, but many of the European sorts […]

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. […]

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. […]

Eryngium – Sea Holly, Ivory Thistle, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Eryngium – Sea Holly, Ivory Thistle This is a prickly plant in every feature-the leaves are prickly, the flower heads are surrounded by spreading, prickly floral bracts and the flower head itself is like a small Teazle. The beauty of this plant depends upon the blue-gray effect which it presents. They grow to a height of 3 feet and bloom […]

Pyrethrum – Pink Daisy, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

The form of the Daisy is admired by all, so that it is strange that more persons do not grow the lovely Daisies known as Pyrethrums. The flowers are bright in color and are borne on long stems. They might be called Spring Chrysanthemums, for they bloom principally in June. Many of the sorts are attractively doubled. The colors range […]