Beginning at the End
This past weekend Toronto hosted garden bloggers from around the world. For me, the Garden Bloggers Fling was a wonderful opportunity to meet some many of the bloggers I feel I know well, but have never actually met. The final event of the three day Fling was a buffet dinner held at the Toronto Botanical Garden. As well as great food and good company, there were marvellous plant combinations to be seen in the gardens. Here are a few highlights: Blue Star, Amsonia tabernaemontana var…
10 Best Plants For Your Autumn Garden
As temperatures cool and apples ripen, our gardens can start to look a bit shabby. The wilted flowers don’t really help the look of your beds at all. But even though the vibrant pinks and yellow hues may have left for the season, that doesn’t doom you to brown! There are still plenty of options...
Blue Star (Amsonia tabernaemontana)
This choice North American native was discovered in 1759 and named for Charles Amson, an 18th-century Virginia doctor and scientific traveler. Blue Star (Amsonia tabernaemontana) was likely not cultivated as a garden plant until the mid-1800s, but was recommended by Peter Henderson by the end of the century. It has since become a popular flower for the perennial border and the cut-flower garden.
White Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Hardy, North American perennial with flattened clusters of small white flowers rise on slender stems up to 4 feet above lacy, fern-like, fragrant, medium green foliage. Although its growth may need to be kept in check, White Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) makes a fine addition to cottage gardens, butterfly gardens, and meadows, works well as a cut flower for fresh and dried arrangements, and is not attractive to deer due to its aromatic foliage.
Oriental Poppy Perry's White
About Perennial Poppies: Every perennial gardener knows that absolutely nothing makes the spectacle of bloom that is made every year by the big perennial poppies. With crepe-like flowers up to 8 or even 10" across, "oriental poppies" make the biggest show of the year in perennial gardens everywhere. The basic common one is always orange, but today, hybrids of all kinds of shades are available. Growing Poppies: First of all, there are only a few types of poppies of interest to gardeners and…
Green Lavender Cotton (Santolina rosmarinifolia)
Green Lavender Cotton, also known as Holy Flax, is native to the western and central Mediterranean regions and has been cultivated in gardens since the late 17th century. It is well-suited as a groundcover and for edging perennial beds and intricate, geometric knot gardens. It's yellow flowers can be cut during or after they bloom to encourage fresh growth of the aromatic, deep green foliage, which is not attractive to deer.
Horehound: Pictures, Flowers, Leaves & Identification | Marrubium vulgare
Horehound: a bushy plant producing numerous annual, quadrangular and branching stems. It grows between 30 and 40 cm high, crinkled leaves Blooms from April to October depending on location, flowers do not appear until second or third year. edible weed for fevers, malaria and especially for coughs. known more for its medicinal purposes than a food source. Although horehound can be consumed, it is highly recommended that this is not done on a regular basis, only once in awhile.
Genista tinctoria Dyer's Greenweed, Common Woadwaxen, Broom PFAF Plant Database
Genista tinctoria is a deciduous Shrub growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone (UK) 2 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to September, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile. It can fix Nitrogen. It is noted for attracting wildlife. Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and…