Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea purpurea)

Scientific Name: Echinacea purpurea Common Name: Purple cone flower Description of facts and concepts: Blooming in July and August, this eastern US native has roots which are used for a tea which is said to strengthen the immune system. Seed or division information: Seeds or plugs Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W2…

Pussytoes (Antennaria virginica)

Scientific Name: Antennaria virginica (virginiana) Common Name: Pussytoes Description of facts and concepts: Evergreen groundcover, foodplant of the American Lady butterfly Seed or division information: Seeds, or divide whole plants in early spring. Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): April W2 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: White Height: 3″ Spread: 12″ Family:…

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Scientific Name: Salvia officinalis Common Name: Sage Description of facts and concepts: Growing to 3’, sage blooms with pink or blue flowers. Delicious in stuffing or with meat, in bread, or as a tea. European. Seed or division information: Seeds. Difficult to transplant when large. Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W4 Garden…

Santolina (Santolina chamaecypayrssus)

Scientific Name: Santolina chamaecypayrssus Common Name: Santolina Description of facts and concepts: A natural air freshener and insect repellent, used in short hedges Seed or division information: Seeds. Difficult to transplant when large. Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 16″ Spread: 12″ Family:…

Self-Heal, Heal All (Prunella vulgaris)

Scientific Name: Prunella vulgaris Common Name: Self-Heal, Heal All Description of facts and concepts: Long used as a medicinal plant, the leaves and flowers are edible. It is native in Europe, Asia and North America. Seed or division information: Seeds and rooted stem divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W2 Garden Name:…

Shale Barrens Buckwheat (Eriogonum allenii)

Scientific Name: Eriogonum allenii Common Name: Shale barrens buckwheat Description of facts and concepts: Silver leaves and bright yellow flowers on the only buckwheat easy to grow in the Eastern US. Good for a green roof. Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W3 Garden Name: Sunny…

Shale Barrens Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata brittonii)

Scientific Name: Phlox subulata brittonii Common Name: Shale barrens moss Phlox Description of facts and concepts: This tiny ground cover thrives on dry slopes and on channery Seed or division information: Cuttings in fall Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): April W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Pink, white Height: 3″ Spread:…

Shrubby Cinquefoil (Potentilla (Dasiphora) fruticosa)

  Scientific Name: Dasiphora fruticosa Common Name: Shrubby cinquefoil Description of facts and concepts: Suckering dioecious deciduous shrubs with good foliage and long-blooming flowers. There are 130 named color forms. Seed or division information: Easily roted from cutting or layering Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W4 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of…

Smooth Aster (Aster (symphiotricum) laevis)

Scientific Name: Symphiotricum laevis Common Name: Smooth Aster Description of facts and concepts: This plant’s large, cone-shaped clusters of single blue flowers bloom in September and October. Even at 4’ it needs no staking and grows in dry to moist soils in full sun. Seed or division information: Easy from seeds or divisions Date of…

Smooth Phlox (Phlox glaberrima)

  Scientific Name: Phlox glaberrima Common Name: Smooth Phlox Description of facts and concepts: Skippers and swallowtails are common visitors to this phlox, found in wet open woods. Smooth phlox blooms in June and July with red-purple flowers. Seed or division information: Divisions or stem cuttings Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W1…

Stiff Coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

Scientific Name: Coreopsis palmata Common Name: Stiff Coreopsis Description of facts and concepts: A good plant to stabilize dry, sunny slopes. Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W4 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 2-3′ Spread: 24″ Family: Aster Soil Type: Base to Acidic Sandy…

Stonecrop (Sedum spectabile)

Scientific Name: Sedum spectabile Common Name: Stonecrop Description of facts and concepts: Native to Europe, these large deep pink flowers on 2’ stems bloom in September. Its fleshy leaves conserve water making it hardy in dry soils. The Genus is now known as Hylotelephium Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions in spring, and easily…

Summer Savory (Satureja hortensis)

Scientific Name: Satureja hortensis Common Name: Summer savory Description of facts and concepts: Use with green beans, soups, eggs, and vinegars. The flavor resembles thyme and marjoram. Seed or division information: Sow fresh seed each spring. Will self-sow. Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: White…

Sundrops (Oenothera tertragona)

Scientific Name: Oenothera tertragona Common Name: Sundrops Description of facts and concepts: This evergreen perennial is native to eastern North America. Sundrops form 2’ tall clumps in full sun and dry, sandy soils. Blooming in May and June, it is pollinated by bees and butterflies. Seed or division information: Divide the surface runners in spring…

Threadleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata)

Scientific Name: Coreopsis verticillata Common Name: Threadleaf Coreopsis Description of facts and concepts: Fine foliage and flowers all summer makes this a great plant for dry, sunny slopes. Seed or division information: Seeds or plugs Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): May W4 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 1-2′ Spread:…

Thyme (Thymus officinalis)

Scientific Name: Thymus officinalis Common Name: Thyme Description of facts and concepts: Blends flavors and can be used as an antiseptic; thymes consist of hundreds of culinary and ornamental types. Use with meat, fish, and sausage. Seed or division information: Divide rooted branches. Or cuttings. Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W4 Garden…

Wild Pink (Silene carolinia)

Scientific Name: Silene carolinia Common Name: Wild Pink Description of facts and concepts: Semi-evergreen leaves and early spring flowers on this barrens plant Seed or division information: Seeds or cuttings Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): April W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Pink Height: 12″ Spread: 10″ Family: Pink Soil Type:…

Wild Senna (Cassia (Senna) marylandica)

Scientific Name: Senna marylandica Common Name: Wild Senna Description of facts and concepts: Lots of bright yellow flowers are followed by fibrous seed pods which feed the birds. Seed or division information:  Seed Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 5-6′ Spread: 36″ Family:…