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Featured Plants

Spigelia, Indian pink

Spigelia marilandica When plant guru Allan Armitage calls a plant “striking”, “wonderful” and “stop in your tracks”, you know you’re on to something. With bright red outside and pure yellow inside, this native perennial is rarely seen in gardens yet this may change when word gets out how easy, pest...

Pentas, Egyptian star flower

Pentas lanceolata Pentas thrives even during the hottest days of summer and deserves more space in summer annual gardens or containers. Blooming in shades of pink, red, violet and white, the starry five-petaled flowers grow in clusters atop dark green lance-shaped leaves. In drifts of similar...

Pennsylvania Sedge

Carex pensylvanica Unlike most sedges that prefer wet areas, this native groundcover is one of those rare finds that is excellent for dry locations in part shade. It forms soft grassy clumps of narrow bright green leaves about 10 inches high with a spread of 12-18 inches. Reddish brown thimble-...

Delphinium

Delphinium grandiflorum Gardeners can be a romantic, optimistic bunch who fall for plants that, though beautiful, are difficult and buy them anyway. This is true with delphiniums. Though they come in over 300 species of annuals, biennials and perennials, we are drawn to the brightly colored tall...

Purple Smokebush ‘Royal Purple’

Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ Purple-pink haze lights up in your garden when smokebush comes into bloom, especially when backlit by the sun. The flower itself is unspectacular; it’s the tiny pinkish hairs on the big 6-8 inch flowerheads that capture light for a long period June to August...

Lizard’s Tail

Saururus cernuus Ponds and bogs are the natural home of this native plant. Heart-shaped leaves are topped by 4 to 6 inch flower spires that last almost the entire summer. The fragrant blooms curve, suggesting a tail. Rising to a total height of 1 ½ to 4 ½ feet, lizard’s tail plants enjoy sun but...

Blanket flower, Gaillardia

Gaillardia x grandiflora Add sizzle to your summer garden in shades of orange, burgundy red, and yellow with this perennial flower. Its daisy-like flowers bloom from spring to early fall. Blanket flower is an easy-to-care for plant, handling drought and heat with ease. It can even grow in almost...

Peppers

Capsicum annuum What popular vegetable is really a fruit...comes in almost every color of the rainbow...was given its erroneous name by Christopher Columbus...the most popular variety of which contains none of the chemical for which the species is famous...is planted in almost every kitchen garden...

Reblooming Bigleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea Macrophylla ‘Endless Summer’ Many mophead, or big-leaf, hydrangeas died to the ground this harsh winter. The good news is that they usually regrow from the roots in one summer. The bad news is that, in most cases, there will be no flowers this year, because older varieties bloom only on...

Japanese Stewartia

Japanese Stewartia
Stewartia pseudocamellia Japanese stewartia is always a choice tree, but a special treasure for small city gardens or an accent plant near patio, window or walk. Four season interest begins when camellia-like white flowers with prominent orange anthers appear in June/July, a time when few other...

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