This attractive small-scale groundcover has glossy, near black, scalloped leaves and a dense growing habit. The deepest foliage color is achieved when plants are in full sun and cooler temperatures. From mid to late spring, short spikes of deep blue flowers stand upright above the low, spreading foliage.
Unique, tri-colored foliage in shades of burgundy, green and cream. 3" tall violet-blue flower spikes bloom May-June creating added interest. Ajuga is a ground-hugging, creeping plant that is quite useful as a groundcover. It comes in a variety of foliage and bloom colors and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds!
Tiny lavender-pink flowers appear in spring in torch-like flower spikes that rise from the rosette centers well above the foliage to 12" tall. Beautiful foliage in rich greens, burgundy or colorful variegations, makes this plant an excellent groundcover or edger.
This is a very cute and easy little alpine plant, ideal for shady parts of the rock garden. It forms a low cushion of evergreen leaves, bearing short stems of starry magenta-purple flowers in late spring and early summer. Though short-lived, this will self seed where happy, particularly into crevices and rock walls. Also nice in alpine troughs or gravel scree gardens. Protect from hot afternoon sun in warm-summer regions. In cool areas this will tolerate a fair bit of sun if the soil remains moist. Also known as Alpine Balsam.
Bittersweet plants can kill trees and are difficult to eradicate from your landscape. But during the fall season bittersweet vines put on a display few other plants can rival, as the deep yellow skin of their berries bursts to reveal an orange jewel within. And not to be outdone by the berry, bittersweet plant's fall foliage blankets its victims in yellow splendor.
This southern native has very narrow, needle-like leaves that line the stems like bottle brushes. Surprisingly, they are soft as silk to the touch. From late spring through early summer, 2-3 inch wide clusters of small, light blue, star-shaped flowers are borne above the short mound of ferny foliage. After blooming, it quickly grows to reach a height of about 3 feet.
The Annabella series has fine garden character with delicate lacy foliage. They branch well, yielding a profusion of rose colored blossoms in spring. After a bold splash of color, the flowers mature to attractive seed heads.
A nice spreading anemone, forming a large mound of attractively cut foliage with plenty of violet-pink flowers in late summer. One of the most adaptable and hardy of the Japanese Anemones. Tolerant of sun and drier conditions.
Charming pale pink flowers measuring up to 3 in. across dance in the wind on tall scapes above attractive, rich green foliage from late summer into fall. The leaves resemble small grape leaves and form a mound about 1 ft. tall.
A delightful late spring bloomer with delicate charm and an iron constitution. Pure white flowers, measuring nearly 2 in. across, are borne singly on bare stems above the attractive dark green, divided foliage. For added ornamental value, the lovely blossoms leave behind interesting white, woolly seed heads as they fade.
An excellent large pop of color for partial to full shade gardens. Sun King Aralia emerges mid-spring with bright gold compound leaves up to three feet long that contrast with the reddish-brown stems. A few hours of sunlight each day will result in the foliage remaining golden yellow, while deeper shade will produce a range of chartreuse to lime green colors. In mid to late summer, clusters of tiny white flowers will produce inedible purple fruit. Forming a large clump, this deer resistant perennial is paired well with blue Hosta, purple leafed Heuchera, and other woodland plants.
A textural dream come true with its frothy curled silver foliage. Use it as a vigorous groundcover in hot, sunny areas to plant under taller perennials. 'Seafoam' will occasionally bloom with attractive silver and yellow flower spikes.
Mary Washington Asparagus is perhaps the easiest grown of all summer vegetables. Once it is established, the original planting usually produces for 20 years! Produces abundant, giant-size asparagus with tender tips. Plant 6" deep in rich soil for best results. Mary Washington is fast growing, extremely hardy and rust proof.
Colouful and compact collection of alpine daisies originating from the mountains of Western Europe. Flowers late spring through to early summer in shades of Dark Blue, Light Blue, Pink and White. Later flowering can be encouraged by pinching new growth in early spring.
Alpine Asters form a low clump of bright green leaves. Branching stems of single daisy-shaped, yellow-eyed flowers appear in late spring and early summer. This strain blooms in shades of rose and pink. Easy.
Aster 'Lady in Black' is an elegant 3-4' mound of purplish- black strappy leaves smothered in red-centered tiny white daisies in late summer and early fall. Will thrive in average soil in sun or part shade, but shows best foliage coloration in full sun. Thousands of flowers per plant - a butterfly's dream!
Clusters of soft pink flowers. 'Pink Bouquet' forms a compact dome covered with soft rose-pink daisies from late summer into autumn. The yellow-centered flowers are complemented by bright green, lance-shaped foliage, and are highly attractive to butterflies and other small, pollinating insects.