Cardinal Flower Lobelia hybrida "Queen Victoria" Type: Perennial Exposure: Sun / Part Shade Water: Regular to Moist  This would be the definition of a showstopper. A bog plant in its natural habitat the cardinal flower produces a clump of upright stalks that will reach 4-5ft (1.2-1.5m) tall by 1-2ft (30-60cm) wide. The stalks are covered with leaves that emerge green-(ish) then mature to a striking reddish-maroon color. In late summer flower stalks are tipped with a brilliant red bloom…

Cardinal Flower Lobelia hybrida "Queen Victoria" Type: Perennial Exposure: Sun / Part Shade Water: Regular to Moist This would be the definition of a showstopper. A bog plant in its natural habitat the cardinal flower produces a clump of upright stalks that will reach 4-5ft (1.2-1.5m) tall by 1-2ft (30-60cm) wide. The stalks are covered with leaves that emerge green-(ish) then mature to a striking reddish-maroon color. In late summer flower stalks are tipped with a brilliant red bloom…

Wire Bush Corokia x virgata Sunsplash Type: Evergreen Shrub Exposure: Full Sun Water: Regular  This New Zealand native is frequently referred to as a structural plant because of the interesting branching habit. The bronzy stems have a twisty / wiry appearance and bear small sage green leaves bordered with creamy yellow that are an elongated spoon shape. Tiny yellow flowers arrive in summer. It can be very dramatic if selectively pruned for form then uplit and also very effective in…

Wire Bush Corokia x virgata Sunsplash Type: Evergreen Shrub Exposure: Full Sun Water: Regular This New Zealand native is frequently referred to as a structural plant because of the interesting branching habit. The bronzy stems have a twisty / wiry appearance and bear small sage green leaves bordered with creamy yellow that are an elongated spoon shape. Tiny yellow flowers arrive in summer. It can be very dramatic if selectively pruned for form then uplit and also very effective in…

Crocosmia Bulb Care: Tips For Growing Crocosmia Flowers

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Angel's Trumpet Brugmansia Type: Annual Exposure: Sun or Light Shade Water: Regular  In warmer climates such as their native South America these plants are evergreen or semi-evergreen large shrubs. Here in the Pacific Northwest they are treated as big tropical-looking annuals. Growing to 12ft (3.6 m) by 7ft (2.1m) around here these bold unique looking plants quickly establish themselves as a focal point in any garden.  The luxuriously large leaves can reach 1ft (30cm) long by 7in (18cm)…

Angel's Trumpet Brugmansia Type: Annual Exposure: Sun or Light Shade Water: Regular In warmer climates such as their native South America these plants are evergreen or semi-evergreen large shrubs. Here in the Pacific Northwest they are treated as big tropical-looking annuals. Growing to 12ft (3.6 m) by 7ft (2.1m) around here these bold unique looking plants quickly establish themselves as a focal point in any garden. The luxuriously large leaves can reach 1ft (30cm) long by 7in (18cm)…

Glory Bush Princess Flower Tibouchina urvillieana Type: Perennial (here) Exposure: Full Sun Water: Regular to Moist  Heres one of those tricky ones that is treated as a different type of plant depending on your zone. In its native Brazil its a broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree growing to 18ft (5.4m) tall. Here in zone [USDA] 8 it tends to die to the ground in the winter and grow from its roots again in the spring like a perennial. In colder climates its more an indoor / outdoor thing…

Glory Bush Princess Flower Tibouchina urvillieana Type: Perennial (here) Exposure: Full Sun Water: Regular to Moist Heres one of those tricky ones that is treated as a different type of plant depending on your zone. In its native Brazil its a broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree growing to 18ft (5.4m) tall. Here in zone [USDA] 8 it tends to die to the ground in the winter and grow from its roots again in the spring like a perennial. In colder climates its more an indoor / outdoor thing…

Ornamental Pear Pyrus calleryana Type: Deciduous Tree Exposure: Full Sun Water: Regular  This non-fruiting variety of pear is grown for its lustrous green leaves early spring flowers and fall foliage color. The profuse white flowers appear more or less with the new leaves in the spring. Time of bloom varies slightly across the different varieties as does the hue of the fall foliage color and mature size. Most will grow to between 30-50ft (9-15m) high and 20ft (6m) wide. Check with your…

Ornamental Pear Pyrus calleryana Type: Deciduous Tree Exposure: Full Sun Water: Regular This non-fruiting variety of pear is grown for its lustrous green leaves early spring flowers and fall foliage color. The profuse white flowers appear more or less with the new leaves in the spring. Time of bloom varies slightly across the different varieties as does the hue of the fall foliage color and mature size. Most will grow to between 30-50ft (9-15m) high and 20ft (6m) wide. Check with your…

I Liked this Instagram: Jelena Witch Hazel Hamamelis x intermedia "Jelena" Type: Deciduous Shrub or Tree Exposure: Sun / Part Shade Water: Regular Witch Hazels are prized for their vibrant fall foliage and unique blooms which have been compared to mop heads and shredded coconut. This variety will grow to 12 - 15ft (3.6-4.5m) high and wide with a dramatic spreading growth habit. In autumn the leaves turn a showy orange / red which is followed by the fragrant coppery / orange flowers which…

I Liked this Instagram: Jelena Witch Hazel Hamamelis x intermedia "Jelena" Type: Deciduous Shrub or Tree Exposure: Sun / Part Shade Water: Regular Witch Hazels are prized for their vibrant fall foliage and unique blooms which have been compared to mop heads and shredded coconut. This variety will grow to 12 - 15ft (3.6-4.5m) high and wide with a dramatic spreading growth habit. In autumn the leaves turn a showy orange / red which is followed by the fragrant coppery / orange flowers which…

St. Johns Wort Hypericum calycinum Type: Evergreen Shrub / Groundcover Exposure: Sun / Part Shade Water: Regular  This vigorous grower is ideal for erosion control on banks due to its habit of quickly spreading by underground stems. Growing to only 1ft (30cm) high it features bright green foliage (yellowish-green in shade) and bright yellow 3in (7.5cm) blossoms with prominent stamens. These persist through summer into autumn. For a seamless groundcover set plants 18in (45cm) apart. Its very…

St. Johns Wort Hypericum calycinum Type: Evergreen Shrub / Groundcover Exposure: Sun / Part Shade Water: Regular This vigorous grower is ideal for erosion control on banks due to its habit of quickly spreading by underground stems. Growing to only 1ft (30cm) high it features bright green foliage (yellowish-green in shade) and bright yellow 3in (7.5cm) blossoms with prominent stamens. These persist through summer into autumn. For a seamless groundcover set plants 18in (45cm) apart. Its very…

How to Care for a Gaura Plant my fave!!

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Pink Guernsey Lily Nerine Bowdenii Type: Perennial from Bulb Exposure: Sun / Part Shade Water: Regular This deer resistant fall blooming bulb has light green strap-shaped leaves that will reach about 1 ft (30cm) long before dying back in winter. From summer until frost lightly fragrant pink blooms with darker pink accents are held atop 24in (60cm) leafless stems. Each bloom is about 3in (7.5cm)and funnel-shaped with 6 frilly petals that curl back at the tips. Taller forms as well as…

Pink Guernsey Lily Nerine Bowdenii Type: Perennial from Bulb Exposure: Sun / Part Shade Water: Regular This deer resistant fall blooming bulb has light green strap-shaped leaves that will reach about 1 ft (30cm) long before dying back in winter. From summer until frost lightly fragrant pink blooms with darker pink accents are held atop 24in (60cm) leafless stems. Each bloom is about 3in (7.5cm)and funnel-shaped with 6 frilly petals that curl back at the tips. Taller forms as well as…

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