Liverwort – Hepatica – Gardening

Hepatica Plant Care Today I went out my back door and noticed that one of my rosebushes was, unexpectedly, sporting a fresh new flower bud.  It was within a day or so of opening up–small, greenish and obviously defiant of the season.  The bud was an oddity on a rosebush that is itself an oddity.  When I bought the small […]

Echinops – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Echinops Echinops (ek-in-ops) From the Greek echinos, a hedgehog, opsis, like, referring to the spiky appearance of the flower heads which resemble a rolled-up hedgehog (Compositae). Common Name: Globe thistle. Hardy herbaceous perennial and biennial plants for the border. Species cultivated (All perennial) E. bannaticus, 2-3 feet, violet-blue globular heads of flowers, summer, Hungary. E. humilis, 3-5 […]

Aquilegia ( Dragonfly Columbine Hybrids )

Dragonfly Hybrids are strong stemmed with leaves that are 3-ternate that grow from 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long. They also have terminal flowers up to 3 inches across and spurs to 4 inches long. Columbine is a clumping perennial found in meadows, woodlands and mountainous regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Leaves are finely divided, ternate, bluish-green, divided into leaflets […]