Virtues: We love plumleaf azalea (Rhododendron prunifolium) for its bright orange flowers and the fact that it blooms in late summer. This azalea is a native species that feeds hummingbirds.
Virtues: We love culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum) for its tall spikes of white or purple flowers that begin in early or midsummer and can continue until autumn. Veronicastrum is a USA-native perennial good at attracting butterflies and bees.
Echinacea coneflowers continue to command popularity, with fanciful new varieties appearing every year. One complaint, though, is that they don’t always seem to do well in subsequent seasons.
Virtues: We love the cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum) for its sunny yellow flowers that bloom from midsummer through autumn. This tall, wetland-prairie native tolerates damp soil.
Virtues: We love Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’ for its flashy flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Everything about this plant is showy, from its dinner plate–size flowers to its copper-tinged dark stems and foliage. Accent the border and low, wet spots of … Read Article
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: 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.
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 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
Virtues: We love Liriodendron tulipifera for its towering form filled with large, bright green foliage that turns a dazzling golden yellow in fall. In spring, high above the ground, showy cup-shaped greenish-yellow flowers bloom, resembling delicate tulip flowers.