Iris – Flag, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

It is a peculiarity of an Iris lover that he does not like to have an Iris called a Flag, although most persons call these flowers by that name. With the advent of new varieties, the Iris is gaining in popularity from year to year. A national society honors this flower and many cities have Iris clubs. The exquisite colors […]

Liatris – Blazing Star, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Liatris is a rather odd plant and merits a much more general use because it is very desirable and attractive. The Kansas Gay Feather (Lialris pycrtostachya) is the one most commonly grown and is one of the choicest ones to grow. It grows in long spikes, 4 feet to 5 feet tall, which are densely covered with slender, grass-like leaves […]

Lobelia, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Natives of our woods, in bosky places we find two exquisite wild Lobelias, the Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis, and the Great Lobelia, L. syphililica, a blue sort. Both sorts vary greatly in height, some growing 3 feet or 4 feet tall, other plants being hardly a foot tall. Some of the European catalogs list sorts of the Cardinal Flower which […]

Hesperis – Dames rocket, Damask-violet, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Sweet Rocket is one of our most fragrant flowers which grows almost wild, as it has escaped from the gardens. Hesperis matronalis has white, flesh, or lavender-colored flowers which grow in large clusters. The plants are about 3 feet high and are bushy. All of the flowers are very sweet-scented and this is especially noticed in the evening. They bloom […]

Perennials for Edging

Edging your garden provides a clean crisp look. Your garden borders will stand out when there’s a clean edge between the planting area and your landscape paths, driveway, sidewalk, and your lawn. Common edging, such as stone, wood, or brick, provide an optimal appearance keeping the plants in the garden bed while keeping the lawn out, but it isn’t always […]

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 […]

Mertensia – Virginia Cowslip, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

The Virginian Cowslip is one of the loveliest of the early spring blooming plants. In rambling through the fields and woods for Violets, large clumps of these flowers can be seen growing at random. Of the many species, this Virginian Cowslip, often wrongly called Blue Bells (Mertensia Virginia) is the showiest of all and the one which is most easily […]

Polygonum – Knot-Grass, KnotWeed, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

The Knot Weed is a very ornamental plant for any garden because the foliage is so beautifully tinted in Autumn. Some of the varieties grow very high and greatly resemble Bamboo in growth. Polygonum sochalinense is one of this type, attaining a height of from 2 feet to 12, feet, with leaves 12 inches long and sprays of greenish-white flowers. […]

Delphinium – Larkspur, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Delphinium – Larkspur Old John Parkinson, nearly 300 years ago, wrote “Wee call them in English Larkes heeles, Larkes spumes, Larkes toes or claws.” The Larkspur is surely one of the oldest old-fashioned flowers but it is becoming more popular today than ever. How choice are its colors! How suggestive is the word “lark” in christening this flower, as the […]

Iberis – Candytuft, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Iberis – Candytuft Candytuft, a low growing evergreen shrub, is, in reality, one of the best flowers in its class. It grows from 9 inches to 12 inches high and spreads out making low mats that are covered with flat, dense clusters of the purest of white flowers. This perennial Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) comes into bloom the last part of […]