Hardy Hibiscus has started its show.
Some flowers are born for a close-up.
A native perennial I’ve loved since the moment I heard about it is the Compass Plant – Silphium laciniatum. I think my attraction was originally to the common name and then its striking height. It grows to about eight feet high in my garden some years, and its large basal leaves are said to point […]
The native Grey Dogwood is now blooming, getting ready to produce berries for birds in the fall.
Here’s a flowering shrub that’s native to much of North America – Physocarpus opulifolius. We call it ninebark because the bark, with as it ages, peels back in layers. Loved by pollinators, I’ve found it seeds easily in my back, wildish area, likely thanks to birds disbursing the seeds. For my conditions, the best thing […]
I have three Clematis in my garden: a rambling C. x durandii, which has just started to bloom, the C. viticella ‘Etoile Violette,’ which usually starts blooming around July 1st, and this C. texensis ‘Gravetye Beauty.’ In my experience, this last one doesn’t start to bloom until around the second week of July, but for […]
For 49 weeks a year I think tall bearded Iris are a waste of garden space. Dandelions love to grow in impossibly tight spaces between their rhizomes. Leaves get tatty and mottled by the end of July, and are unremarkable the rest of the growing season. You’re supposed to divide the rhizomes every few years. […]
Now blooming in Prince Edward County: Amelanchier canadensis.
Trilliums tend not to last in my yard. Neighbours north, west, east and south of me have woodlands bursting with them every spring and several times they have gifted me a bucket with a few of the flowers, dug deep with ample clods of dirt surrounding the deep rhizome-root. They survive for a few years, […]