Aromatic Aster (Aster oblongifolius)

Scientific Name: Aster oblongifolius Common Name: Aromatic Aster Description of facts and concepts: Short, mounds of blue flowers bloom in September and October. These plants are highly drought tolerant and grow to 18” tall. Seed or division information: Easy from seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): September W3 Garden Name: Sunny…

Barrens Stonecrop (Sedum (Hylotelephium) telephiodes)

Scientific Name: Hylotelephium telephiodes Common Name: Barrens Stonecrop Description of facts and concepts: Soft pink flowers in late summer Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): October W1 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Pink Height: 36″ Spread: 24″ Family: Stonecrop Soil Type: Base to Acidic Neutral…

Bearberry, Kinninnick (Arctostaphyllus uva-ursi)

Scientific Name: Arctostaphyllus uva-ursi Common Name: Bearberry, Kinninnick Description of facts and concepts: This circumpolar evergreen groundcover produces tiny flowers and red berries. Grows in very poor soil. Seed or division information: Root cuttings in early spring or fall Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): April W4 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower:…

Beebalm (Monarda didyma)

Scientific Name: Monarda didyma Common Name: Beebalm Description of facts and concepts: With white, pink, lavender, or bright red flowers, beebalm attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds with its long, tubular flowers. In full sun and moist soil, it blooms in July and August, growing to  3-5’. Seed or division information: Divide the surface runners in…

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata)

  Scientific Name: Gaillardia aristata Common Name: Blanket flower Description of facts and concepts: Short lived low perennials bloom most of the summer with bright petals of red, yellow and orange. Seed or division information: Easy from seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W4 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Red,…

Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)

Scientific Name: Liatris spicata Common Name: Blazing Star Description of facts and concepts: Upright flower spikes of pale purple and white bloom in July and August and are highly attractive to butterflies. Surviving in very dry sites, this plant grows 2’4 tall. Seed or division information: Easy from seeds  or offsets Date of flower’s bloom…

Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)

Scientific Name: Rudbeckia fulgida Common Name: Brown-Eyed Susan Description of facts and concepts: Many yellow ray flowers, attracts bees and butterflies Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W2 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Yellow with black center Height: 2-3′ Spread: 24″ Family: Aster Soil…

Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba)

Scientific Name: Rudbeckia triloba Common Name: Brown-eyed susan Description of facts and concepts: A densly branched, hairy, short-lived perennial or biennial, with coarse leaves. Seed or division information: Self-seeds readily Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W2 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 20″ Spread: 18″ Family: Aster Soil Type:…

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

   Scientific Name: Asclepias tuberosa Common Name: Butterfly Weed Description of facts and concepts: Blooming in June and July, the bright orange clustered flowers attract bees as well as butterflies. Monarch butterfly caterpillars particularly feed on the leaves of this 1-3’ plant and accumulate toxins from its sap as a defense strategy. Seed or division…

Catmint (Nepeta faassenii)

Scientific Name: Nepeta faassenii Common Name: Catmint Description of facts and concepts: A European hybrid, catmint provides early flowers for bees and wasps. Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): May W4 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Lavender Height: 18″ Spread: 24″ Family: Mint Soil Type:…

Chives (Allium schenoprasum)

Scientific Name: Allium schenoprasum Common Name: Chives Description of facts and concepts: Leaves and flowers in salads, vegetables, poultry, fish, eggs, and butters, Lavender flowers in June. Seed or division information: Seeds. Divisions of the small bulbs Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W2 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Purple Height:…

Dwarf Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutis pygmaeus)

Scientific Name: Penstemon hirsutis pygmaeus Common Name: Dwarf hairy beardtongue Description of facts and concepts: This short plant is great for rock gardens and borders. Seed or division information: Seeds and stem cuttings Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Lavender Height: 6-8″ Spread: 10″ Family:…

Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana alata)

Scientific Name: Nicotiana alata Common Name: Flowering tobacco Description of facts and concepts: The white fragrant flowers open at night to attract moths. Larval host plant of the tomato hornworm Seed or division information: Scatter seeds in early spring. Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W1 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower:…

Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Scientific Name: Solidago canadensis Common Name: Goldenrod Description of facts and concepts: A spreading, aggressive native plant with showy spikes of yellow flowers. Not the plant which provokes hay fever; ragweed does that. Seed or division information: Seeds and spreads by stolons Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W4 Garden Name: Sunny Garden…

Heath Aster (Aster (Symphiotrichum) ericoides)

Scientific Name: Aster (Symphiotrichum) ericoides Common Name: Heath Aster Description of facts and concepts: This plant provides a dense groundcover with half inch white daises with golden centers. Its grows well in poor, dry soils in full sun and flowers in September. Seed or division information: Easy from seeds, or divisions in early spring Date…

House Leek, Hen And Chicks (Sempervivum calcareum)

Scientific Name: Sempervivum calcareum Common Name: House leek, Hen And Chicks Description of facts and concepts: Long-lived succulents will multiply and live for years if dry enough. Individual crowns die after flowering. Seed or division information: Offsets may be pulled off and planted at any time Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W4…

Ironweed (Veronia novaeboracensis)

  Scientific Name: Veronia novaeboracensis Common Name: Ironweed Description of facts and concepts: The tall purple flowers of this plant bloom on upright stems in August and September. Thriving in full sun and dry to average soils, ironweed is commonly found in pastures since it is unpalatable to cows. Seed or division information: Seeds are…

Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum)

  Scientific Name: Eupatorium fistulosum Common Name: Joe Pye Weed Description of facts and concepts: This perennial grows from 5-12’ and features tiny, dusty pink flowers in huge scapes from July to September. Seed or division information: Divisions in early spring Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W1 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color…