'Just Plum Happy'
This everblooming daylily is a member of the Happy Ever
Appster(R) family of daylilies. All Happy Ever Appster daylilies are offspring
of the popular 'Happy Returns' daylily and were developed by Dr. Darrel Apps,
famous daylily hybridizer. 'Just Plum Happy' flaunts 6-inch-wide, bright
rose-pink blooms with purple centers on stems 12 to 16 inches tall from
June to frost above a clump of deep green, strappy leaves 18 to 24 inches wide.
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola’
Brightly variegated golden foliage with green stripes near
the leaf margins give this Japanese forest grass its distinctive look. Too much
shade can cause the golden portion to fade to lime green. This slow-growing may
not reach a mature size for three years, but it is definitely worth the wait.
The large blooms of this perennial are a spectacular
violet-blue with a white throat and darker venation on plants 1 to 2 feet tall
and wide. The attractive foliage weaves itself through neighboring plants.
Grow in borders, containers, or rock or cottage gardens. 'Rozanne' is most
effective en masse.
Epimedium × rubrum
Early in the season, the thin, heart-shaped leaves of this
plant have a red tinge, which turns to bronze in fall. Plant red
epimedium along a path, where its delicate foliage and tiny spring flowers
can be admired.
Calamagrostis × acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
Versatile, attractive and care-free ornamental grass with
wheat-like appearance. Slender, upright, deep-green, lustrous foliage becomes
effective by early spring and lasts all the way until winter. A cool season
grass, 'Karl Foester' is upright and clump forming, with purplish-green,
feathery plumes to 6'. It distinctively blooms in early summer rather than fall
and must have winter chill to bloom. Long lived -- 25 years or more.
Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’
'Blue Fortune' produces spikes of powder-blue flowers held
over large, deep green foliage. The plant stands approximately 36 inches tall
with a mature width of 18 inches. Peak bloom occurs in midsummer when
butterflies are plentiful.
This rhizomic, mat-forming and aggressive perennial frows to
2 feet tall and wide with ferny, finely-textured, green foliage. Flowers are
produced in flat corymbs in early to late summer.
This tender perennial climber is evergreen in Zones 10 and
warmer. Cheerful, 1.5-inch flowers in shades of orange and yellow cover this
fast-growing vine. The blossoms have a simple form: 5 petals surrounding a
brownish purple center. Where grown as an annual, plants can reach 8 feet; when
grown as a perennial, 20 feet.
Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Sedona'
'Sedona' coleus has leaves blessed with shades of pink and
orange, giving the plant a bronzy appearance.
A rare and graceful beauty, this plant is not a true
foxglove, but its flowers are similarly shaped and hang in clusters. They come
in shades of white and pink with pale violet stripes highlighting the inner
throats. This plant’s soft coloring brings the delicacy typical of spring-blooming
plants into the summer garden. The gray-green foliage has a distinctly nutty
fragrance and is deer resistant. As a large-scale plant, South African foxglove
holds its own when planted among shrubs and is best complemented by plants with
deep purple foliage. It also makes a good cutting flower.
Ricinus communis ‘Carmencita’
'Carmencita' castor bean is a shrub, usually grown as an
annual, that grows to 6 to 10 feet and is well branched, with dark
bronze-red foliage and bright red female flowers. Grow in a cool greenhouse or
use as a specimen foliage plant in the summer outdoors.
Plectranthus forsteri 'Green on Green'
As the name implies, this plectranthus has green leaves with
lime green edges. Some of the leaves are entirely lime green. It looks great
mingling around the feet of perennials, shrubs, and annuals.
Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty'
This cultivar of pearl millet has wide, deep purple foliage
and stems. It forms a 5-foot-high specimen with tight cylindrical flowers of
purple-brown seeds—a favorite of many birds. This plant makes a stunning
container specimen. In the mixed border, its foliage contrasts nicely with
Broad, deep-green leaves nearly a foot long and panicles of
flowers the color of a Granny Smith apple make this Nicotiana a great companion
for many other garden plants. It looks especially handsome with dark-foliaged
trees or shrubs like purple smoke bush ( Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’) or
‘Diabolo’ ninebark ( Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’). It is also good with
grasses. N. langsdorffii comes into its own as a moderator wherever colors
clash. That chameleon-like quality makes this nicotiana’s propensity to
self-sow most welcome; no matter where its progeny appear, they look great.
Lantana Luscious® Berry Blend
A beautiful hot-colored annual that's sure to fire up any
container display you include it in.
Gomphrena globosa 'Purple'
A bushy, hairy-leaved annual, globe amaranth bears round
purple flower bracts on thick stems in summer and early fall. This
plant is useful as summer bedding or in a border or cutting garden. It is
fairly drought tolerant and very heat tolerant. It grows to about 2 feet tall.
Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost'
This hybrid produces masses of pure white bracts above
finely textured, apple green foliage. It adds stunning texture and color
to a border in partial shade.
This vigorous 5- to 6-foot plant sports fascinating foliage
colors. Spring leaves emerge an intense purple and are soon striped with green,
yellow, pink, and red. Vivid orange flowers appear in summer on this quick
Caladium bicolor 'White Queen'
A tuberous-rooted perennial most often grown as an annual or
a houseplant, 'White Queen' has large frosted-looking white leaves that have
green margins and bright red veins that "bleed". A great plant
for full shade, it can also be grown in sun if provided with consistently moist
soil. Greenish-white flower spathes appear in spring and are followed by white
berries, but the foliage is the main show. Its arrow-shaped leaves light up a
dark spot and work well as bedding or in containers. It can also be grown as a
houseplant and tubers can be overwintered indoors.
Calibrachoa 'Callie Rose Star’
This rose-and-cream Calibrachoa is one of a kind. The unique
markings on the petals and the plant's mounding habit make it a standout in
hanging baskets and containers.
This is one of the exceptional Big Sky™ series ( E. paradoxa
crossed with E. purpurea ), bearing fragrant, russet-orange petals and
reddish-brown central cones. These hybrids have all inherited the large
green leaves, strong branching stems, wide flower petals, and profuse blooming
tendencies of E. purpurea .
Camassia leichtlinii ssp.suksdorfii 'Blue Danube'
Spikes of violet, star-shaped flowers top stems reaching
from 2 to 4 feet in late spring. The species is native to western Oregon. 'Blue
Danube' would be beautiful in a border, meadow, or containers. Camassia make
good cut flowers.
Lycoris radiata (Red spider lily)
Red spider lily’s brilliant red flowers remind me of an
azalea’s ball truss. Blooms fade quickly in hot weather, but a higher degree of
shade helps them last a while longer. Depending on where it grows in the
Southeast, red spider lily blooms from early September to mid-October. After
the bloom stalks fade away, foot-long, strap-shaped leaves emerge and last
through winter. Red spider lily is an heirloom bulb that is easily passed from
hand to hand. Replant offsets as the leaves die in spring.
Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun'
This 2005 All-America Selections® winner is a cultivar
of our native blanket flower. It covers itself in large reddish flowers with
yellow edges up to a month earlier than other gaillardia. Growing to just about
a foot tall and wide, it is beautiful at the front of a border.
Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers'
The unique, finely quilled, 2-inch-wide flowers are what
make 'Henry Eilers' stand out from the rest of the coneflowers. The petals sit
separate from one another, forming a brilliant, golden yellow starburst around
a dark brownish purple cone. The blooms grow on strong, upright, 4- to
5-foot-tall stems in late summer, and are produced in such abundance that you can
cut some for bouquets and you'll never even notice they are missing from the
garden. The stems are covered with a soft, hairy down, while the leaves have a
pleasing vanilla-and-anise scent.