COMMON NAME: ageratum GENUS: Ageratum SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: A. houstonianum. Blue hybrids: Blue Blazer, Blue Angel, Blue Mink, Blue Surf, Midget Blue, Florist's Blue. White; Album, Summer Snow, Mexican White. Purple: Royal Blazer. Pink: Fairy Pink, Pinkie. FAMILY: Compositae BLOOMS: summer and fall TYPE: annual DESCRIPTION: Ageratum hybrids vary in height from 5 to 24 inches. … Continue reading Ageratum.


COMMON NAME:  petuniaGENUS:  PetuniaSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:P. grandiflora-large flowers.P. multiflora-prolific bloomer.FAMILY:  SolanaceaeBLOOMS:  summerTYPE:  annualDESCRIPTION:  Petunia flowers come in quite an array of candy-store colors including red, pink, dark blue, light blue, purple, and yellow. The flowers are single or double and can be as wide as 7 inches across. The leaves are light green and somewhat … Continue reading Petunia

Pincushion Flower

COMMON NAME:  pincushion flowerGENUS: ScabiosaSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:S. atropurpurea-annual; 24 to 48 inches tall. S. fama-perennial; blue flowers. S. caucasica-blue flowers; 30 inches tall.FAMILY: DipsacaceaeBLOOMS: summerTYPE: annual or perennialDESCRIPTION:  Pincushion flower is rather exotic looking, grows to a height of 18 to 48 inches and has blooms 3 inches across. The flowers have an intricate form, … Continue reading Pincushion Flower


COMMON NAME:  pinksGENUS: DianthusSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:D. plumarius 'Spring Beauty'-mixture of double flowers; colors range from pink to rose, salmon, and white with interesting markings. D.p. 'Essex Witch'-dwarf variety; only 5 inches tall; rose-pink; easy to grow. D.p. 'Aqua'-white, double flowers on stalks 10 to 12 inches tall. D. caryophyllaceae-garden or florist carnation; 18 to 24 inches.FAMILY: … Continue reading Pinks


COMMON NAME: portulacaGENUS: PortulacaSPECIES: P. grandifloraFAMILY: PortulacaceaeBLOOMS: summerTYPE: perennial {grown as an annual}DESCRIPTION:  The creeping habit of portulaca makes it wonderful to use in rock gardens, hanging baskets or low flower beds. The plant rarely grows taller than 8 inches. The leaves are short and narrow but thick and fleshy. The blossoms look like single … Continue reading Portulaca

Red-Hot Poker

COMMON NAME: red-hot pokerGENUS: KniphofiaSPECIES: K. uvariaFAMILY: LiliaceaeBLOOMS: summerTYPE: perennialDESCRIPTION:  This unusual member of the lily family has a tall spike of orange and yellow flowers. The deepest shades of orange are found at the top of the flowering spike, and the color gets progressively lighter and turns to yellow toward the bottom. New strains … Continue reading Red-Hot Poker


COMMON NAME: roseGENUS: RosaSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:Types of roses: Old-fashioned-includes the older hybrids. Hybrid tea-large blooms. Floribundas-smaller blossoms borne in clusters. Modern shrub-large flowered. Climbers and ramblers-vigorous climbing habit. Miniature-tiny, with semi-double or double flowers.FAMILY:  RosaceaeBLOOMS: summerTYPE: perennialDESCRIPTION:  It is difficult to find any flower more beautiful than roses. The grace and elegance of the flower … Continue reading Rose

Saint John’s Wort

COMMON NAME: Saint John's wortGENUS: HypericumSPECIES: H. calycinum, H. bookerianum, H. patulumFAMILY: HypericaceaeBLOOMS: summerTYPE: perennialDESCRIPTION: Saint John's wort is a low-growing, partly woody perennial that produces bright yellow flowers from early summer until frost. The flowers, which measure 1 1/2 to 2 inches across, occur in groups of five to seven. The plant reaches a … Continue reading Saint John’s Wort


COMMON NAME: salviaGENUS: SalviaSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:S. splendens-popular bedding plant grown as an annual. S. superba 'Blue Queen'-perennial; short spikes of deep violet flowers. S. haematodes-perennial; to 36 inches; sprays of lavender flowers.FAMILY: LabiataeBLOOMS: summerTYPE: annual and perennialDESCRIPTION: Both annual and perennial salvias are characterized by attractive spikes of flowers. The bedding-plant salvia produces brilliant spikes of … Continue reading Salvia


COMMON NAME: spiderwortGENUS: TradescantiaSPECIES, HYBRIDS: T. andersoniana {hybrid of T. bracteata and T. virginiana}FAMILY: CommelinaceaeBLOOMS: summerTYPE: perennialDESCRIPTION: The three petals of the spiderwort blossom are gently scalloped and beautifully colored. Hybrids developed from two native North American species have resulted in flowers in shades of blue, pinks, reds, and white. The foliage is long, narrow, … Continue reading Spiderwort