Virtues: Polemonium reptans ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is an herbaceous perennial that thrives in part shade and will tolerate full sun. It’s a variegated selection of a wildflower native to much of eastern North America that pops up in moist woodlands. Continuously … Read Article
Virtues: Summer Wave Large Blue torenia is a low-maintenance flowering annual plant that thrives and blooms in the shade and tolerates the heat and humidity of summer. It does not need deadheading, it puts up with drought and it will … Read Article
Virtues: Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla) is loved for its textural, variegated leaves that can add color and interest to shade gardens. These two new cultivars, ‘Sea Heart’ (bottom image) and ‘Silver Heart’ (top image) offer improved heat and humidity tolerance. … Read Article
Virtues: We love ‘Mascotte’ bush bean for its long, slender, stringless pods bursting with refreshing, crisp, tantalizing flavor. The tasty beans grow profusely and rest above the lush, bright green foliage, making an easy and plentiful harvest all season long. … Read Article
Virtues: We love Iris hookeri for its purplish-blue flowers that bloom atop of upright, slim stems in late spring or early summer. Long, narrow, gray-green blades of foliage create a nice backdrop for blooms.
I want to make a tipi in my yard for my kids to use as a kind of fort. What are some plants that will quickly cover the teepee framework I’ve made out of long poles?
Virtues: We love Gaura lindheimeri ‘Sparkle White’ for its stunning, star-shaped, long-lived flowers tinged elegantly in blush pink. These drought-tolerant perennials bloom from late spring into fall. The tall, well-branched, slender flower stems add movement to the garden when they … Read Article
Virtues: We love Actinidia kolomikta ‘Arctic Beauty’ for its brightly variegated heart-shaped foliage, splashed in pink, white and green. In early summer, tiny, fragrant creamy-white flowers bloom, potentially followed by grape-size fruits that resemble a miniature kiwi and taste just … Read Article
Although technically not a true spinach, Red Malabar is a delightful choice for anyone who has issues with spinach bolting. Because this cultivar was brought to us from India, it has developed a tolerance to heat and does wonderfully well … Read Article
Virtues: We love Rhus trilobata ‘Autumn Amber’ for its lustrous, aromatic deep green foliage that changes into radiant shades of amber, yellow, orange and red in fall. In spring before the new leaves emerge, bundles of tiny yellow-green flowers bloom. … Read Article
Virtues: We love Asarum canadense for its velvety, heart-shaped rich green foliage that grows pleasantly low to the ground in shady locations—making the perfect groundcover for shade gardens under trees. In spring, a solitary dark, reddish-brown flower blooms close to … Read Article