plant monday – trollius ‘cheddar’

Plant of the Week –
Common Name: globeflower
Botanical Name:  trollius x cultorum

Gracing gardens since the 16th century, these marvelous yellow-hued blooms inspired their name, which translates to “basin” in Latin or “globe” in German. Globeflowers are undemanding perennials that look best en masse and are the perfect choice for the waters’ edge, a boggy spot, or the border, given a moisture retentive, organic-rich soil and shelter from hot sun.

Tissue-like petals fashion an exquisite, nearly double, shallow open cup. Casting a soft feminine mood on the garden, the sumptuous blooms pose above an attractive mound of shiny foliage carved into small sections. A Dutch introduction, Cheddar deserves to find its way into more gardens, where it will flourish in damp open sites and make a great companion with other shade-loving perennials.

Description – perennial
Hardiness Zone – 3-8
Exposure – partial sun
Mature Height – 2ft
Bloom Time – early summer
Bloom Colour – yellow
Scent – none

photo credit – hayloft-plants.co.uk
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plant monday – cleome ‘rose queen’

Plant of the Week –
Common Name: spider flower
Botanical Name: cleome hassleriana

Rose Queen holds its fragrant 4-6 inch flower clusters and narrow seed pods aloft on tall, sturdy stem that will create a focal point in the back of a border all summer. Their airy effect also makes them useful as fillers among plants of similar height, such as dahlias. This South America native will thrive in ordinary soil and full sun with little care. The blooms will attract beneficial insects to your garden and will also attract butterflies and hummingbirds which will give you hours of enjoyment!

Cleome begins flowering in early summer when hot weather begins and doesn’t quit until the temperature drops in fall. These sun-loving annuals reach impressive heights and are easy to start from seed.

Description – annual
Hardiness Zone – N/A
Exposure – full sun
Mature Height – 4 ft
Bloom Time –  summer
Bloom Colour – rose pink 
Scent – very fragrant 

photo from Google images

plant monday – coleus ‘dipt in wine’

Plant of the Week –
Common Name: coleus
Botanical Name:  solenostemon scutellarioides

This coleus hybrid [from the ColorBlaze series] has large leaves of burgundy red with lighter veins running nearly the entire length. The bright gold at the base of each leaf extends to the petiole. These new, bigger, sun loving varieties have revolutionized contanier gardening and the brilliant colours explode in sunny locations. Flower buds should be pinched off as soon as they develop. If a coleus plant is allowed to seed, it has completed its life cycle and will die.
Coleus are tender to frost and will need to be overwintered indoors in cold climates. It’s a neat idea to bring them indoors for a house plant over the winter to add a bit of colour and cheeriness to the long, dull winters.

Description – tender perennial/annual
Hardiness Zone – 10 and up
Exposure – full sun to full shade
Mature Height – 12″
Bloom Time – until first frost
Bloom Colour – foliage is burgundy and lime-green
Scent – none

image from Sunny Side Growers

plant monday – pulmonaria ‘raspberry splash’

Plant of the Week –
Common Name: lungwort, bethlehem sage
Botanical Name: pulmonaria rubra ‘raspberry splash’

Raspberry Splash is a dazzling combination of pink and purple flowers rising in giant hanging clusters with silver-spotted, dark green leaves. Even when the blooms have passed, Raspberry Splash remains attractive throughout the season. This variety is characterized by its fairly upright growing habit, profuse flowering abilities and resistance to powdery mildew. It is one of the best cultivars available.

Pulmonaria is an underused perennial that grows well in shady gardens. It is especially attractive when planted among hostas, ferns and brunneras. Its flowers are among the most brilliantly coloured blossoms of all perennials.

Description – perennial
Hardiness Zone – 3-9
Exposure – partial shade
Mature Height – 12 “
Bloom Time – late spring
Bloom Colour – pink/purple
Scent – none

photo from Google images

plant monday – tiarella ‘spring symphony’

Plant of the Week –
Common Name: foam flower
Botanical Name: tiarella ‘spring symphony’

Spring Symphony is a reblooming, clump-forming variety that produces a mass of dainty flower spikes containing white stars that open below a tight, apple-blossom-pink poker of buds. These are underpinned by vivid green, fingered leaves etched in black along the midribs. The combination of dark veining and sprays of bridal-white flowers is especially beguiling and fresh in spring.

Tiarellas are commonly known as foam flowers due to their frothy blooms. They take their generic name, tiarella, from the crown-shaped fruit; it literally means little tiara. They are closely allied to heucheras and both are members of the saxifrage family. Generally, however, tiarellas prefer moister soil and more shade than heucheras. Most tiarellas are plants for humus-rich soil in shade or semi-shade. Some are tight clump-formers, others spread a little and some are rampant. Spring Symphony would mingle well with other dainty woodlanders and a must for every garden !

Description – perennial
Hardiness Zone – 4-9
Exposure – partial shade
Mature Height – 10″
Bloom Time – spring
Bloom Colour – pink
Scent – none

photo from Google images

plant monday – camellia ‘kramer’s supreme’

Plant of the Week –
Common Name: camellia ‘kramer’s supreme’
Botanical Name: camellia japonica

Kramer’s Supreme has magnificant, deep red, peony-like flowers. The flowers are finely scented and are borne in autumn and mid-spring. Slow growing, upright to spreading shrub or small tree with age. Oval, glossy, leaves that stay green throughout the year and has profuse winter to spring blooming flowers in milder climates. A true heritage plant, and favourite of Southern gardens.

This very popular shrub is used in borders and in formation hedges. Use it for specimen plants on the lawn and for colourful accents near outdoor living areas. Camellias are especially attractive and easy to grow when planted under a canopy of live oaks and pine trees that provide broken shade. It is tolerant of urban conditions if maintained, and can also be used in containers.

Description – shrub
Hardiness Zone – 8-10
Exposure – filtered sun
Mature Height – 12 ft+
Bloom Time – late winter
Bloom Colour – red
Scent – slight fragrance 

photo credit – headleenursery.com

plant monday – butterfly plant ‘ice ballet’

Plant of the Week –
Common Name: milkweed, silkweed, butterfly plant
Botanical Name: asclepias incarnata

These plants were made famous for attracting the Monarch butterfly, but the Butterfly Plant will also attract all sorts of butterflies, honeybees and even hummingbirds. They are herbaceous perennials with an upright spreading habit of growth with flowers of all colours. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
Ice Ballet has lightly-scented white flat-top flowers at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall. Its narrow leaves remain grayish green in colour throughout the season. A relatively low maintenance perennial and look beautiful in any garden.

Description – perennial
Hardiness Zone – 3-9
Exposure – full sun
Mature Height – 3 ft
 Bloom Time – summer
Bloom Colour – white
Scent – slight fragrance 

photo credit – northscaping.com

plant monday – peony ‘garden treasure’

Plant of the Week –
Common Name: peony ‘garden treasure’
Botanical Name: paeonia itoh

Oh my, this peony is a stunning beauty. Introduced in 1984 by Don Hollingsworth, the peony ‘Garden Treasure’ is a hybrid of P. lactiflora x P. lutea. Intersectional peonies, a crossbreed of herbaceous and tree peonies, have woody stems that you cut back in the fall after frost, since these stems rarely resprout. Because this category of peonies is still new, the hybrids are still expensive to buy.

Garden Treasure has heavily substanced petals of soft, lemon-yellow that open wide to reveal a perfectly detailed center accented with red. Side buds on long stems develop in rotation, a leading example of extended flowering period among peonies, up to four weeks in cooler climates. Bush is vigorous, of medium height, arching but stiff stems make a widely spreading silhouette. Well-grown plants may form up to a five-foot wide mound at maturity, yielding four to five dozen blossoms over an extended period.

Description – perennial
Hardiness Zone -3-8
Exposure – full sun
Mature Height – 30″+
Bloom Time – late spring
Bloom Colour – yellow
Scent – very fragrant 

photos from Google images