Red Stripes and Green LaceLady in Red Fern, Athyrium felix-forma ‘Lady in Red’, is strong-growing and dependable. Tough and easy to grow, this sultry beauty is the right choice for perennial borders and woodlands alike!A breathtaking flush of new fronds appears in the spring, with new leaves appearing throughout the season for a continuously fresh look. The lacy, light green foliage is held upright on dark, brilliant red-violet stripes (fern stems).Each plant of this slowly spreading fern should spread to 3′ in 5 years. Lady in Red Fern is a deciduous, easy-to-grow fern that makes a great blending plant for hosta and other bold-leaf plants in the woodland garden. Lady in Red Ferns prefers to be grown in part to full shade in average to rich, moist but well-drained soil that is neutral to slightly acid; provides seasonal cover for birds and other wildlife. Lady in Red Ferns make a good ground cover in shaded areas. The colorful fronds can be used in fresh arrangements. Ferns can be divided and transplanted in spring and early summer, planting the crown at the surface. They thrive even when other plants fail!Whether used in borders or as a background, ferns can add texture and color to any garden with their gracefulness and beautiful varying shades of green!*Red Stems and Green Lacy Leaves*Spreads Slowly*Part to Full Shade.
Helleborus Berry Swirl (Lenten Rose), Helleborus’ Berry Swirl’, is an evergreen perennial whose petals contain soft brushstrokes of orchid shades, some with creamy-white centers, and are finely lined with an orchid edging. Because Hellebores flower in early spring during the Lenten season, they are called the Lenten Rose. Berry Swirl Lenten Rose adds beauty and color to shaded areas in borders or under trees as winter comes to an end. The double flowers are 2-3”across and bloom for about 3 months. These hellebores were hybridized by Marietta O’Byrne of Oregon. She only chooses the most profuse bloomers, and Berry Swirl made the cut in her breeding work. Berry Swirl has true color and is a vigorous grower that produces large flowers. This plant needs good drainage and fertile humus rich soil; use in mixed beds or as an understory. These lovely plants tolerate clay, and are drought and deer resistant..
The Royal Fern, Osmunda regalis, is a tall, deciduous fern which usually occurs on moist bluffs, ledges and along streams (sometimes growing in the water). Royal Ferns typically grows in clumps to 2-3′ tall, but with constant moisture can reach 6′ in height.The broad fronds have large, well-separated pinnae (leaflets) which give this fern an almost pea-family appearance. Fronds typically turn yellow to brown in autumn.The Royal Fern is also known as the Flowering Fern and is deciduous. Spores are located in brown, tassel-like, fertile clusters at the tips of the fronds, thus giving rise to the additional common name of flowering fern for this plant.Need protection for wildlife in your yard? This large fern occasionally forms sizable colonies that provide cover for wildlife. And if you are looking for a plant that can thrive in wet areas along ponds, streams, water gardens or in bogs, the Royal Fern is an excellent choice for you.You can expect Royal Fern to grow well in shaded borders, woodland gardens, wild gardens or native plant gardens too.* Deciduous* Fall color* Clump forming .
The Crocosmia Emily McKenzie, ‘Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora emily mckenzie’, a spring planted corm, produces beautiful orange flowers with red centers. The flowers are very showy, and they make great cut flowers. The Crocosmia is also commonly known as Monbretia. Crocosmias are clump forming and bloom best in crowded conditions. This plant has attractive foliage. Hummingbirds flock to their blooms..
The Astrantia major ‘Venice’ (PPAF), Astrantia major, is a stunning pincushion Astrantia with deep ruby-red flowers that verge on burgundy. Astrantia thrives in full sun and well drained soils. It is characterized by its upright plant habit, green-colored stems and leaves, freely and continuous flowering habit and inflorescences with showy involucral bracts that are red purple in color. Mix it into the middle of the border where it can mingle among other flowers. It is an interesting clumping perennial for a woodland setting and is becoming increasingly popular. Cut flowers last a long while in bouquets and are easily dried for winter reminders of summer gardens. Though it can adapt to a little more sun than it prefers, it cannot abide drought. Bees & butterflies are very fond of the blooms..
The Stachys ‘Big Ears Lamb’s Ear’, Stachys byzantina ‘Helen von Stein’, is known for its soft, fuzzy, silvery green foliage. With spikes of purplish pink small flowers, it has a wonderful effect on any garden. ‘Big Ears Lamb’s Ear’ is a little bit larger than the average Lamb’s Ear, with a plant height of 10” and a spread of 18-24” and blooms in mid-summer. (Lamb’s Ear is not known for its flowering, but however its foliage.) It may not look extremely good in the summer time, but will recover in the fall.‘Big Ears Lamb’s Ear’ needs to be planted in full sun in a well-drained area. It is useful in the border or as a ground cover. It will add texture and color in rock gardens and looks wonderful with Veronica ‘Goodness Grows’, Tradescantia ‘Concord Grape’ or other purple blooming perennials..
New farm-to-florist favorite!Do you like having a flower garden that you can admire from your window as well as one that provides you with armloads of unique flowers to bring inside? You need to plant Dalmatian Peach Foxglove this year!This statuesque beauty is grown abundantly by flower farmers in the local farm-to-florist movement across the country. The towering stems are covered in soft peachy-apricot blooms that seem to glow from the inside out. This is an excellent addition to gardens and bouquets. It has recently been a striking new sight in floral wedding work. This salmon-peach-pink beauty is a must-have in any cutting garden.If you’re familiar with growing foxgloves, the first thing you’ll notice about Dalmatian Peach is that while most foxgloves are biennials, this new hybrid will flower the first year! Not only that, but it will also produce the second year if left in place. And it freely seeds for continued flowers.Don’t wait until everyone is growing these. Be the first in your neighborhood (or even at your local farmer’s market) to have these freckled beauties blooming. Order yours today!* Beautiful color* Strong flowering* Blooms first year * Attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies* Fantastic cut flower.
Lenten Rose Onyx Odyssey, Helleborus Winter Jewels ‘Onyx Odyssey’, is a dramatic and elegant beauty. ‘Onyx Odyssey’ is slate purple to near black in color, boasting 15 to 20 petals held in successive layers. Each flower can measure up to 3″ across, and the petals retain much of their coloration and remain on the flower; as the petals surround the swelling seed pod, the interest is extended long past the initial bloom time.The foliage of Helleborus ‘Onyx Odyssey’ emerges purple in early spring and matures to a lovely shade of green. This evergreen foliage provides year-round interest It often flowers during the Christian season of Lent, from which it gets its common name, Lenten Rose. Helleborus is a hardy, easy to grow perennial that thrives in a partially sunny to full shade location and are great companions to hosta. They are tolerant of heat and humidity.Helleborus are enjoyable to grow because they are low-maintenance and disease/pest-free. As with many ornamental perennials, adequate soil preparation is the key to long term health and vigor. Helleborus are deep rooted, stout plants, and are well-known for their thick, shiny green foliage. Trim back last year’s foliage in the spring..
Unique Miniature with Months of Fragrant BloomsViolet Etain, Viola ‘Etain’, is a newer variety that is becoming very popular because of its long bloom time. The large 1.75″ lemon yellow flowers of ‘Etain’ have beautiful contrasting lavender margins and are incredibly fragrant. It blooms from May through October!Violet Etain is a carefree, low-maintenance miniature variety that produces a multitude of tiny, pansy-like blooms! ‘Etain’ is a clump-forming type, unlike many other violets which are ground covers. Violets grow best in cool, moist, shady environments. In the north, plants can tolerate full sun but prefer partial to full shade. Shade from deciduous trees is ideal because the plants growing below receive full sun in the spring, followed by protection from the harsh summer sun once the trees get their leaves. If plants are cut back after the first bloom cycle, they will likely bloom again in the fall. Violet Etain performs beautifully in containers and is an excellent choice for window boxes.* Large 1 3/4″ Lemon Yellow Flowers* Blooms May Through October* Rebloomer .
The Heliopsis ‘Summer Sun Sunflower’, Heliopsis helianthiodes, is a great combination of large, orange-yellow flowers with dark green foliage.Blooming from July till frost, this Heliopsis grows to 4’ tall with a plant spread of 18-24”. This easy to grow perennial attracts butterflies and is deer resistant.‘Summer Sun Sunflower’ needs to be grown in full sun, but can tolerate some afternoon shade. It can be planted in average, well-drained soil, but do not allow it to dry out. A wonderful addition to island beds or in the back or borders or as cut flowers.‘Summer Sun Sunflower’ may be slow to appear in the spring, but the blooms persist long after other perennials have completed their show..
Roscoea Spice Island, Roscoea purpurea ‘Spice Island’, thrives in humus rich moist soil in a cool sheltered site. It will go dormant if soil dries out, and it is not recommended for hot humid conditions.This hardy ginger forms clumps of dark leaves with deep red undersides on thick, deep red stems. Compared to ‘Brown Peacock’ it is taller and has larger and broader leaves with thicker red stems.’Spice Island’ is late to come out of dormancy and may not emerge until May or June. If you like orchids, we recommend this ‘Spice Island’ that produces orchid-like flowers that are a lavender purple color. Use it as a tropical element or in mixed shade beds.Exhibiting an impressive and stunning tropical display as a container plant, ‘Spice Island’ also works well at water’s edge. ‘Spice Island’ offers a bit of tropical finery for you in a shaded container or border.* Orchid-like flowers* Hardy* Tropical element.
The Aster Honeysong Purple, ‘Stokesia laevis’, has leathery, strap-like leaves that form a clump at the base with huge true royal purple daisy-like flowers with a hint of red at the end of the stem. The powdery blue flowers bloom from July until frost and have a plant height of 14” and a plant spread of 18-24”.This aster is an exciting introduction from the late hosta guru, Alex Summers and his son, Alan, of the former Carroll Gardens. Stokesia ‘Honeysong Purple’ boasts large, vivid, dark purple flowers with a contrasting reddish-pink center on a nice, compact grower. This is truly one of the most stunning colored stokesia on the market!‘Honeysong Purple’ Aster will do best in well drained soil, and a full sun area with morning shade; should not stay wet while in dormancy. This aster is wonderful for summer color in beds, borders or containers, and it makes a beautiful vase of lovely cut flowers. Deadhead after the first initial flowering in order to increase bloom time.* Powdery blue flowers* Container plant* Deadhead .
Lenten Rose Royal Heritage Strain, Helleborus x hybridus ‘Royal Heritage Strain’, includes a wide range of sumptuous colors. Purple, near-black, white, pale green, yellow, pink, rose, and red flower colors are possible, some are spotted or brushed with a contrasting color on the 2″ wide blooms. Royal Heritage™ Strain brings the varied and lovely world of Helleborus right into your garden. It supplies a wider range of colors and a better adaptability than older varieties. Helleborus Royal Heritage™ Strain was the 2005 Perennial Plant of the year award winner. It often flowers during the Christian season of Lent, from which it gets its common name, Lenten Rose. Helleborus is a hardy, easy to grow perennial that thrives in a partially sunny to full shade location and are great companions to hosta. They are tolerant of heat and humidity. Helleborus are enjoyable to grow because they are low-maintenance and disease/pest-free. As with many ornamental perennials, adequate soil preparation is the key to long term health and vigor. Helleborus are deep rooted, stout plants, and are well-known for their thick, shiny green foliage. Trim back last year’s foliage in the spring..
Pink Heart Blooms and BloomsBleeding Heart ‘Candy Hearts’, Dicentra ‘Candy Hearts’ PP#14,692, is part of a new generation of bleeding hearts that are nothing like your grandma’s old fashioned bleeding hearts!This exceptional, dwarf variety blooms from mid spring until a hard frost. The pendulous flowers accent the lacy, blue-grey foliage and are shaped like cute little rose-pink hearts.Dicentra ‘Candy Hearts’ remain compact and attractive all season long! The delicate fragrance is an added bonus for the senses!With its elegant long stems and famous heart-shaped flowers, Dicentra is perfect for a border or patio container, and will thrive in a partially shaded spot. This really is a shade lover, delighting in full to part shade conditions.This plant will perform in the full sun but will tend to disappear in mid-summer when it has all the sun it can handle. It usually pops back up the following spring.It is best to plant it in fertile but well-drained soils. ‘Candy Hearts’ prefers consistently moist, humus-rich soils that are similar to a great woodland soil — full of organic matter and richly fertile.The simplest way to mimic this is to add several shovels of compost around the base of the plant every spring.This charming, yet stunning Bleeding Hearts, will literally light up your shady areas in your garden!* Heart-shaped flowers* Dwarf variety* Shade.
The Oriental Lily Stargazer, ‘Lilum ‘Stargazer’, has extremely large pink flowers with white edges and spots of red that are fragrant, producing 4-5 flowers per stem. The dark green foliage makes a great contrast with its flower color. ‘Stargazer’ has a plant height of 36” and is one of the most popular Lily’s on the market today. Cutting the pollen off the middle of the flower, not letting it touch the flower, will increase the bloom time on Lily’s. Blooming in mid to late June, ‘Stargazer’ should be planted in full sun and in a well drained soil. Proven to be resistant to rots and virus, it should not be left out of the perennial garden..