Perennials

Learn about how to grow Christmas cactus to flower this winter in your home. Listen to Podcast: This common flowering houseplant is native the southeastern, coastal mountains of Brazil. It flowers in May in the Southern hemisphere in response to the shorter day lengths. Europeans starting breeding this plant in the 1800’s and now it’s one of our most treasured symbols of the holidays. It’s the Christmas cactus. Christmas cactus is actually a misnomer. This plant can bloom from November to March and it’s not really a cactus. Christmas cactus […]

Learn about chrysanthemums, including varieties and how to plant and grow them. Listen to Podcast: This common flower symbolizes fall as much as pumpkins and corn stalks. It’s been grown for thousands of years in China and Japan not only for its beauty, but for medicinal and culinary uses. A Chinese proverb says, “If you want to be happy for a lifetime, grow chrysanthemums.” Chrysanthemums have come a long way as far as their plant shape. Earlier varieties were so daisy-like with an irregular shape that English humorist P.G. Worehouse […]

Learn how to grow clematis including information on varieties. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript Clematis spp and hybrids   Other Name Virgin’s bower   Sun Requirements full, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring to fall depending on the variety, in colors including white, pink, blue, red, yellow and bi colors   Mature Height x Spread 6 to 20 feet x 2 to 5 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, deer resistant   This romantic, fast growing vine comes in a wide variety of flower colors, shapes and […]

Learn about growing columbines including information on varieties. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript Aquilegia spp and hybrids   Other Name Granny’s Bonnet   Sun Requirements Part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring in colors such as white, yellow, blue, purple, red, orange, and bi colors   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 3 feet x 6 to 24 inches   Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, drought tolerant, deer resistant   Often one of the first spring wildflowers to appear in our woodlands, columbine is […]

Learn about growing the part shade loving coral bells for its beautiful flowers and colorful foliage. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How To Grow: Coral Bells   Heuchera spp and hybrids   Other Name alum root   Sun Requirements Part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Late spring to mid summer in colors such as white, red, pink, and coral   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 2 feet x 1 to 2 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, native, deer resistant   Coral bells […]

Listen to this podcast on growing and caring for cordyalis perennial groundcover.   This spring blooming ground cover often carpets areas under deciduous trees and in gardens with its pink or white blooms. This tuberous plant has been used in Chinese medicine from chronic pain relief. What is this spring beauty? It’s corydalis. Corydalis is a poppy family wildflower related to bleeding hearts that grows wild in open areas but also can be cultivated in the garden. The most common and hardiest type has pink or white flowers. I often […]

Listen to this podcast on how to grow and care for cyclamen flowers.   This houseplant and, sometimes garden plant, originated in the Middle East and has spread throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Its name is derived from the Greek, “Kuklos”, which means circle, referring to the shape of the tubers and leaves. It’s a beauty, but also was use medically to treat depression. The tubers were even fed to pigs, hence the common name, pig bread. What’s this flower? It’s the cyclamen. This time of year you’ll see […]

Learn about dahlias, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Dahlias Dahlia hybrids   Other Name garden dahlia   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color late summer into fall in colors such as pink, salmon, white, cream, red, and bi-colors   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 5 feet x 1 to 3 feet   Added Benefits attract beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant   If you’re looking for a big showy flower to cap off the […]

Hemerocallis spp and hybrids Other Name Tawny daylily   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Early summer to late summer in colors such as orange, yellow, pink, red, purple, cream and bi colors   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 4 feet x 1 to 4 feet   Added Benefits drought tolerant, edible   If you’re looking for a carefree, low maintenance perennial flower to grow, consider the daylily. This plant is hardy and tough and almost always flowers as long as you give […]

Delphinium spp and hybrids   Other Name larkspur   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Early to mid summer in colors such as blue, pink, white, rose, and purple   Mature Height x Spread 2 to 6 feet x 1 to 2 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, deer resistant   There is no more stately a flower than the delphinium. This English garden standard has spiky flower stalks that can reach 6 feet tall depending on the variety. They are breath taking when grown in […]

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