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ornamental

Autumn Fern

Dryopteris erythrosora There is no denying that a blanket of ferns in a woodland garden is a beautiful sight. Autumn fern provides an extra ornamental value. Early in spring, new copper-red fronds, which are very autumnal in color, emerge from the center of the plant. Mature fronds are a deep,...

Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis Rosemary plants shaped like little pine trees make popular holiday decorations. An ancient Mediterranean plant, rosemary needs lots of sunlight--full sun if possible. In winter, keep it cool (50-60 degrees) and water sparingly. Ironically, it also needs humidity, so spritz it...

Little Bluestem

Photo by Sara Tangren
Photo by Sara Tangren Schizachyrium scoparium (Andropogon scoparius) This native grass is coming on strong as gardeners switch to plants both ornamental and beneficial. In fall, its bluish blades give way to bright gold and reddish tones. Don’t cut back this ornamental grass before winter and it...

Feather Reed Grass ‘Karl Foerster’

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year, ornamental grass ‘Karl Foerster’ provides three generous seasons of interest. Sturdy green blades emerge early from winter dormancy, growing to 4-5’ tall. Inflorescences (flower stalks) shoot up higher in summer, feathery...
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