Perennials

Mountain Mint | Pycnanthemum muticum

by Risa Edelstein on September 28, 2010

in Native Plants,Perennials

Still blooming in my garden now with its silvery flowers, Mountain Mint or Pycnanthemum muticum is a wonderful native that‘s a magnet for pollinators.  More specifically, its nectar attracts predatory wasps who need large quantities of sugar for their endless hunting of pests in the garden.  With its 4-sided stem, you can tell it is […]

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1. Dwarf Crested Iris, 2. P5310244, 3. iris cristata, carter caves state natural area, franklin county, tennessee 2, 4. Crested Dwarf Iris (iris cristata), 5. Iris cristata 5, 6. Iris cristata ‘Eco Bluebird’, 7. Iris Cristata, 8. Iridaceae : Iris cristata – Crested Iris, 9. Why I like it?  I use it as a low […]

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Spike It To Me

by Risa Edelstein on March 5, 2010

in Perennials

1. Sanguisorba canadensis, 2. Persicaria amplexicaulis1, 3. Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’ Lamb’s Ears, 4. Stachys byzantina, 5. Digitalis ferruginea, 6. Rusty Foxglove, 7. P32- Dictamus albus, 8. Delphinium exaltatum, 9. Three bees on one stalk on Agastache “Purple Haze”, 10. Thermopsis villosa (syn. T.caroliniana), Carolina lupine, 11. Baptisia alba (WHITE WILD INDIGO) 03, 12. Verbena […]

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Is Anyone Out There a Plant Hunter?

by Risa Edelstein on January 28, 2010

in Perennials

A good friend of mine gave me this foxglove last year which I adore.  She got it from someone at Tower Hill and it seeds all over her garden so she had some extra.  I’m pretty sure it is Digitalis ferruginea which I often see and love in many English garden magazines.  I like it […]

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10 More Underused Shade Plants

by Risa Edelstein on January 20, 2010

in Perennials,Shade Gardening

If the first 10 plants I listed were not enough, here are 10 more – some of them my favorites, especially the Hellebores.  I've seen or planted all of these and I know that they are available commercially – so try and few this season in your woodland gardens. Helleborus orientalis/Lenten Rose – early to […]

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10 Underused Shade Plants

by Risa Edelstein on January 13, 2010

in Perennials,Shade Gardening

Enough, I say, with the green hostas and pachasandra. You'd think plant selection was limited with the types of landscapes we see in every neighborhood. I understand that shade gardens are somewhat perplexing for people since most nurseries use sun-loving plants as eye-candy and hide away all of the shade plants.  But there truly is […]

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Mountain Mint is Also Trending

by Risa Edelstein on January 8, 2010

in Native Plants,Perennials,Rants & Raves

Mountain Mint on the NY High Line. Another plant I fell in love with this year is Mountain Mint or Pycanthemum muticum.  Yes because it is a native.  Yes because it has great foliage.  Yes because it is fragrant.  But mostly because my planting idol, Piet Oudolf, used it on the High Line.  And it […]

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Heuchera x Villosa is Trending

by Risa Edelstein on January 5, 2010

in Native Plants,Perennials

Heuchera x villosa 'Brownies' mixed with grasses and Persicaria at the NY High Line This year, Heuchera Villosa is trending in my designs.  By that, I mean that every year I seem to get hooked on a few plants that regularly end up in my planting plans for that season.  Two years ago it was […]

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Spring will be here soon so it’s time to consider what your garden will showcase as early as March & April.  Bloodroot starts to make its appearance in mid-April and just watching it come through the leaf litter, twisting and turning, makes the garden worthwhile.  You don’t see this in a lot of yards because […]

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