April 10, 2020

Archives for September 2012

Sunchokes: Root-Bound and Reaching for the Sun

• By Janine Pineo • Once upon a time, I did not know what that sunshine-yellow flower was that grew with abandon at my grandmother’s house. It was just “the yellow daisy” and I wanted some in my … [Read more...]

A Beauty of a Berry

Ever see a plant and think, "That can't be real?" Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst' is one such plant when its berries are in full color. Known as purple beautyberry, the shrub produces clusters … [Read more...]

Worth the Wait

Just when you thought the show was over in the woods, up pops Kirengeshoma palmata to blossom in late summer. Known as Japanese yellow waxbell, this native of Korea and Japan prefers partial shade , … [Read more...]

Whichever Way the Wind Blows

• By John F. Chisholm • The mood of this farm varies with the wind direction.  Blue-ribbon weather the other day made me realize it.  The smiles and waves of friends and acquaintances proved it.  I … [Read more...]

Rolling in Clover

Some plants achieve great things in a year, but few can boast the growing power of Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Gibraltar.' This member of the legume family produces masses of pink-purple pea-like blooms in … [Read more...]

Greek for Tortoise

What's in a name? For Chelone glabra, your clue could come from the blossom, too. White turtlehead is native to eastern North America, a perennial that can reach up to 4 feet in height, with its … [Read more...]

Some Years You Get Just What You Planted

• By Janine Pineo • After contemplating the swaying buds of Mexican sunflowers high above my head -- and wondering if frost would hit before they bloomed -- I glanced down at the waist-high okra … [Read more...]

Splash of Colors

Persicaria virginiana 'Painter's Palette' has showy green leaves splattered with color: white, yellow and a bit of pink. Hardy to Zone 4, this herbaceous perennial forms a mound up to 2 feet wide and … [Read more...]

Lucky Seven

Heptacodium miconioides is a curious plant. Its name Heptacodium translates to seven flowers, which is what you'll find in each whorl of its fragrant, creamy-white flowers: seven. It is the source of … [Read more...]

Not from Jerusalem, Not an Artichoke

There's nothing more difficult than a common name that seemingly has nothing to do with the plant at which you are looking. Such is the case with Helianthus tuberosus, better known as Jerusalem … [Read more...]