Ajuga

COMMON NAME:  ajugaGENUS:  AjugaSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:A. pyramidalis-10 inches tall with blue flowers; does not spread. A. reptans 'Alba'-spikes of white flowers grow only 6 inches tall; foliage is dark green. A.r. 'Burgandy Glow'-creeps extensively; flowers are blue; foliage has unusual coloration-new growth is bright burgandy, older leaf growth is creamy white and dark pink.FAMILY:  LabiataeBLOOMS:  late … Continue reading Ajuga

Bellflower

COMMON NAME:  bellflowerGENUS:  CampanulaSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:C. glomerata 'Joan Elliott'-clustered bellflower; deep violet-blue; May-June. C. medium 'Caerulea'; blue. C. rotundifolia 'Olympica'-bluebell of Scotland; blue; June-September; 12 inches. C. carpatica 'China Doll'-lavender blue; 8 inches. C.c. 'Wedgewood Blue'-5 to 6 inches. C.c. 'Wedgewood White'-white; 8 inches.FAMILY:  CampanulaceaeBLOOMS:  late spring, summerTYPE:  biennial and perennialDESCRIPTION:  There are many kinds of bellflowers. Most have … Continue reading Bellflower

Bleeding Heart

COMMON NAME:  bleeding heartGENUS:  DicentraSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:D. eximia-fringed bleeding heart; deep red pink. D. spectabilis-bleeding heart; 30 inches tall; May-June. D.s. 'Alba'-white bleeding heart; not as hardy as the pink.FAMILY:  FumariaceaeBLOOMS:  late springTYPE:  perennialDESCRIPTION:  Exquisite heart-shaped flowers are borne on gracefully arching racemes. Different species range in height from 18 inches {eximia} to 30 inches … Continue reading Bleeding Heart

Candytuft

COMMON NAME:  candytuftGENUS:  IberisSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:I. sempervirens 'Autumn Snow'-blooms spring and fall; 9 inches. I.s. 'Purity'-7 inches. I.s. 'Pygmea'-4 inches. All the preceeding are perennial forms. Annuals are often found in pink and lavender tones: I. amara and I. umbellata.FAMILY:  CruciferaeBLOOMS:  springTYPE:  Perennial and annualDESCRIPTION:  Dark, evergreen leaves and a shower of white spring flowers make candytuft a nice … Continue reading Candytuft

Fritillary

COMMON NAME:  fritillaryGENUS:  FritillariaSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:F. imperialis-large {3 feet}; red or yellow. F. meleagris-April; 12 inches; white or checkered purple and maroon.FAMILY:  LiliaceaeBLOOMS:  springTYPE:  perennialDESCRIPTION:  The largest of the fritillaries is the Crown Imperial {F. imperialis}. It has unusual large red or yellow flowers {sometimes as many as eight to ten to a stem} and … Continue reading Fritillary

Gazania

COMMON NAME:  gazaniaGENUS:  GazaniaSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:hybrids developed from G. rigens and G. longiscapaFAMILY:  CompositaeBLOOMS:  late spring-summerTYPE:  perennial {often grown as an annual}DESCRIPTION:  Gazania is characterized by large, bright, dasiylike flowers. Blossom colors include shades of yellows and reds, white, and cream. The leaves have an unusual silvery cast and are beautiful blowing in the breeze. Plants … Continue reading Gazania

Globe Flower

COMMON NAME:  globe flowerGENUS:  TrolliusSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:T. asiaticus 'Byrne's Giant'-lemon yellow; 24 to 30 inches. T. cultorum 'Prichard's Giant'-large flowers; 30 inches. T. ledebourii-orange flowers; 30 inches.FAMILY:  RanunculaceaeBLOOMS:  late springTYPE:  perennialDESCRIPTION:  Globe flower has large buttercup-shaped yellow or orange flowers, usually measuring 2 inches across. The plant grows 24 to 30 inches tall. The foliage is … Continue reading Globe Flower

Iris

COMMON NAME:  irisGENUS:  IrisSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:There are over 200 known species of iris. Some of the most popular garden irises include {in order of succession of bloom}:  I. reticulata, Dutch, dwarf bearded, Siberian, Spuria, Louisiana, Japanese.FAMILY:  IridaceaeBLOOMS:  spring-summerTYPE:  perennialDESCRIPTION:  The bearded irises are composed of standards {petals that stand upright} and falls {petals that hang … Continue reading Iris

Lily

COMMON NAME:  lilyGENUS:  LiliumSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:Many of the 200 species of lilies are native to the United States. Plant breeders have done extensive hybridization work on the lilies to make them hardy and free flowering. Lilies are now available in every color except blue.FAMILY:  LiliaceaeBLOOMS:  late springTYPE:  perennialDESCRIPTION:  Lilies are one of the most beautiful … Continue reading Lily

Lily of the Valley

COMMON NAME:  lily of the valleyGENUS:  ConvallariaSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:C. mabalis fortunei 'Giant Bells'-up to fifteen large bells; grows 8 to 10 inches tall; suitable for forcing; will bloom approximately three weeks after being planted.FAMILY:  LiliaceaeBLOOMS:  springTYPE:  perennialDESCRIPTION:  Flower stalks are arching and hold ten to fifteen fragrant, white, bell-shaped blossoms. The stems are strong, which helps … Continue reading Lily of the Valley