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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cassia – American Senna, Indian Senna, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Cassia – American Senna, Indian Senna A hold perennial for large masses, Cassia marilandica is an attractive addition to the large perennial border. The flowers are pea-like, yellow, with a dark center and are borne in large clusters. The leaves are locust-like; that is, they are finely divided. The plants grow 4 feet to 5 feet tall and bloom in […]

Sweet Woodruff, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Galium – Sweet Woodruff, Waldmeister Sweet Woodiuff (Galium odorata) is a small growing, graceful, sweet scented herb. It has small, white flowers and deep green, whorled foliage. The flowers and leaves when dried have an odor like new hay and when laid among clothes, perfume them and keep away insects. It grows from 6 inches to 8 inches high and […]