Rose pink colored flowers. The clusters of flowers are excellent for cutting, though not scented like the annual sweet-pea. Long lived perennial plants that grow 8 to 12 feet tall, used for climbing on a fence or pole. Long blooming plants that will sprawl along the ground and twine onto other plants and objects. Use in borders or as a ground cover on slopes and embankments. They can be used as a trailing display over rocky ledges and walls, or grown up embankments and steep hills. Best plants in full sun to half day shade, adaptability to soil, even rocky ones. Best looking plants are grown in cool, fertile, organic soils where the summers are cool. Provide even moisture and regular fertilizer throughout the growing season. Seeds are large and easy to sow, but they have a hard seed-coat and are best soaked in hot water just before sowing. Plants will bloom the second year.
Here is a sweet pea that has a semi-dwarf habit. This selection of heavy-blooming plants comes in a mix of very fragrant flowers, the colors include - purple, red, rose, white, pink, blue, scarlet, cream, and salmon. Good choice for planting en mass without support, plants to climb on low shrubs and they are excellent in containers, baskets or window boxes. The flowers can also been used for long lasting bouquets.
This annual flower will bloom for more than two months with large sized (4 inches wide), cup shaped, rich pink colored flowers on stems that grow 18 inches tall. Best sown right were you want them to grow and flower in early to late spring, seedlings do not transplant well. Use in full sun in lien soils that are dry and well draining. Nice in large containers. This series is early blooming, has larger flowers on compact heavily branched plants that are more disease resistant. A good subject to use in a large container.
A popular alpine plant with spreading rhizomes. The leaves are a bright silver-gray in color and have a woolly appearance with a thick mat of silver hairs. The flowers are surrounded by large attractive silver bracts that form a starfish shaped 'flower' with the small yellow tinted flowers enclosed in the middle. Leontopodium alpinum is native to the Alps of Europe. Best grown in poor soils that are enriched with lime. The surface of the soil should be covered with sand/small rocks. Easy from seed but plants can be short lived.
Surface sow the small seeds of Leontopodium alpinum on top of a moist seed starting medium and use 55 to 65F, if after three weeks there is no germination, move to 32 to 39F for four weeks, then move back to 65F (65 F = 18.3 C). Grow seedlings out on the cool side, between 50 to 65F (65 F = 18.3 C) is best.
This is a carpet forming species that grows 4 inches tall when in bloom, the flowers form small clusters of felt in white. Like some moisture in the soil in the summer but dry over the winter-helps to offer it a little shade during the hottest times of the year.
Leontopodium souliei is native to the western grass lands of China. Sow the seeds of Leontopodium souliei on top of an already moist soil medium and keep moist and use 65-75F for 4 weeks, then move to the fridge for 5 weeks, after five weeks move to 45-55F for germination. Or sow in a large pot or tray and keep out side in a sheltered location in fall for germination in the spring.
Leonurus cardiaca is a weed that freely seeds it's self around, but apparently some people use it for 'medicinal' purposes. Coarse leaves are toothed and stems are square with somewhat bristly hairs. Flowers are pinkish-white with soft purple-white throats with darker dots. The flowers are born in sharply pointed calyxes that make this plant a pain to weed out with bare arms. Plants grow 3 feet or so tall, but when found growing in and around the woods they can reach a height of 4 or more feet. I find that this plant has a displeasing scent to it and in my mind I lump it in with catnip, as unpleasant and to be avoided as much as I can. Flowers in late July and August. This perennial will grow into a multi-branched clump from a semi-tap root. Thankfully it's easily extracted from the ground and not one to leave small parts around to come back to life like some other 'weeds' out there.
Leonurus cardiaca is native to Europe and naturalized in North America. Grow in full sun or part shade in most any soil except wet. Lightly cover Motherwort seeds, germination in 2 weeks at 65 F.
Leonurus japonicus is an annual or biennial, growing from taproots. The stems are upright, up to a height of 120 cm. The flowers are sessile and produced in verticillasters with reddish to purplish red flowers. Leonurus japonicus blooms from June to September.
Plants have tall stems over 4 feet tall with many pinkish-purple flowers along the top 1/3 of the stems and interesting cut 'leaves.' An attractive plant best used in a dense thickly planted garden or wild area, as they self seed readily, its easily enough to remove young plants and they start blooming very early. Here in Minnesota Leonurus sibiricus are best grown as annuals that start blooming in June/July and they continue to flower until frost. Allow a few seedlings to grow next year. Perennials in warmer areas. This in one of those plants that will move around the garden from year to year. Works well with most other tall plants.
Lepechinia salviae is a shrubby perennial that is often mistaken for a Salvia. It has large, grey-green leaves with an arrowhead shape. The foliage is scented, sort of mint-like. The tube shaped flowers are loved by hummingbirds. The carmine-red, burgundy flowers arising from dark calyces on pink tinted stems, they start blooming in early summer and continue until fall or the end of the growing season. Grows 3 to 4 feet tall and about the same in width.
Native to Chile
Plants grow 24-30 inches tall and have nice white daisy flowers that are good sized, being up to 4 inches across. The single flowers put on a nice display in the garden and are good for cutting.
Marsh Blazing Star
This seed is for the wild species, thus the plants will be more variable than the cultivars. Tall, upright spike-like clusters of purples flowers, long lived clump-forming perennial which is native to moist low grounds, meadows and marsh margins. Stem leaves gradually decrease in size toward the top. Blooms in summer and is loved by bees and butterflies. A nice plant for the border and the wildflower garden. Cas be used as cut and dried material also.
Native to eastern North America. Lightly cover seeds and use 70ºF,Germination starts in 7 days and is spread out over a month or two. Might help to soak seeds in warm water for 24 hours.
Blazing Star or Gay Feather
Tall narrow spikes of purple -- violet flowers, blooming in mid-late summer. Great for cutting. Plants grow best in full sun but will do well in light shade too. In too much shade they might produce lax stems. Use in well drained but moisture retentive soils were they will live for many years and bloom over a long period. Plants grow 36-48' (48 ft = 14.6 m) tall and produce densely pacted spikes of flowers. This selection was developed for the cut flower trade, nice upright growth with many flowers. Plants bloom the second year.
Surface sow seeds, light needed for best germination. Germination in 3 weeks at F. 70.
Blazing Star or Gayfeather (lee-AT-tris: spih-KAY-tah)
Shorter growing plants, with flowering spikes growing from 15 to 18 inches tall from thick clumps with a number of spikes per plant with purple colored flowers and grassy basal foliage. Great for the front of the border or used in a strip garden along a fence or driveway. No staking is needed with this selection, even in half a day of shade. Great cut flower. An attractive selection for use in a mixed border with Purple Cone flowers, Coreopsis verticillate and upright sedums. Mid to late summer blooming. The flowering spikes are more club like than the taller forms of Liatris. Attracts butterflies and bees. Divide clumps in spring by digging-up the rounded bulb-like stems and cutting them into pieces with 2 or 3 buds each. The seeds are good sized and easy to handle and the seeds can be start in a cold frame in fall or sown in winter or spring. Best performance with a consistently moist, light, well-drained soil in a summing location. Plants will not bloom the first year but will blooming some the second year, long lived.
Sow seeds at 70F, germination starts in 2 weeks and is spread out over a month or two.
This seed mostly produces Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket' like plants, but there is some other Ligularia mixed in. A nice selection of plants, most will have tall spikes of yellow gold flowers, but some lower blooming daisy types can be expected too. Many have very attractive deeply cut foliage.
Takes about 5 weeks at 55- 60ÂºF,germination is erratic to 6 months or moreKeep seed tray moist for one year (do not allow to dry out).
A mix of both species and hybrids, all plants produced will have tall spikes of yellow to gold colored flowers. Foliage ranges from toothed to deeply cut. Large attractive plants for open shade of moister retentive soils.
Scotch Lovage or Scottish licorice-root Apiaceae:
Clusters of white flowers over thick, scalloped leaves. This carrot relative Blooms July â€“ September. Ligusticum scoticum is best in moisture retentive soils that are not wet. This plant is edible and has a flavour resembling parsley or celery. Plants resemble a small form of Angelica. Best in full sun to part shade,
Ligusticum scoticum seeds germinate very irregularly over a long period. Germination is best with lower temperatures, sow the seeds and thinly cover with soil medium and keep moist but not wet and keep around 35-40F. Seed trays should not be discarded prematurely. Constant moisture must be maintained because drying can kill the seeds, overly wet conditions can cause the seeds to rot.
(LIL-ee-um: ka-na-DEN-see) Liliaceae:
Lilium canadense grows 2 to 5 feet tall with down facing bell-like flower with wide flaring mouth. Lilium canadense has lance shaped, mid green leaves that are arranged in whorls around upright stems. The flowers are yellow, orange or occasional red, and are slightly scented. The trumpet shaped flowers have recurved petal tips and are spotted with dark red/maroon spots. Blooms in late spring to mid summer. Performed best in a moist but well-drained soil with a neutral to acid pH, in full sun or light shade.
Native to eastern North America, were it is found found in open woodlands, on wooded slopes, in savannas, in woodland openings, and growing in moist meadows.
Here is a dwarf growing lily with large trumpet shaped flowers that are shaped like Easter lily. The flowers are white with maroon outsides. Plants grow around 16 inches tall with stems that form crowded mounds of thin leaves. If started early will flower the first year.
Surface sow the seeds and tamp down well and sprinkle a thin lay of soil medium over them, use 65-74F with germination starting in two weeks and spread-out over a number of weeks.
'Martagon Lily' or 'Common Turk's Cap Lily' (lil-EE-um: mart-UH-gon) Liliaceae:
Turk's cap shaped, red colored flowers with red-brown and white markings. Shade tolerant plants that grow 4 to 5 feet tall and likes moist organic soils but well drained soils.
Martagon Lily or Common Turk's Cap Lily (lil-EE-um: mart-UH-gon) Liliaceae:
Lilium martagon does best in a humus enriched soil that is well draining and holds some moisture but is never wet. Takes a good amount of shade and can be grown in full sun too as long its not hot and dry in the spring. The tall stems grow 3 to 5 feet tall and have very fragrant, pure white flowers that are strongly reflexed. They have the classic Turk's-Cap type blossoms with 20-30 per stem in a cascading pyramidal shape. Easy to grow plants once established. They look nice coming up out a collection of Hosta or planted in drifts of three across the landscape. These seeds will produce plants with white flowers that especially stand out in the shade garden. Use in moist but well drained soils.
Delayed hypogeal germination. They will sprout their first true leaf only after a 3-month cold period. Soak seeds in warm water for 24 hours then use 4 weeks at 65-74ÂºF. After use 12 weeks at 32- 39ÂºF, move to 45-55ÂºF for germination
This clump-forming species has stiff upright stems with lance-shaped leaves. It blooms in summer, producing racemes with up to 30 large, nodding, fragrant, broadly trumpet-shaped yellow flowers. The flowers are flecked and spotted with maroon inside the throats. The outer sides of the tepals are tinted purplish brown. A lime-tolerant species that grows well in fairly heavy soils. Plants are drought tolerant and grow best under sunny conditions.
native to Turkey and the Caucasus Mountains.
The seed normally shows delayed hypogeal germination. Start with 90 Days warm (65F) and then move to 30-39F for 4 weeks, and then move back to 65F for leaf emergence.
Nepal Lily (LIL-ee-um: nap-ahl-EN-see)
Here is an attractive lily with a scented flowers. The scent is variable called pleasant or unpleasant, depending on who is doing the smelling. Grows around 30 inches tall and has 3 to 5 flowers per stem. The flowers are large and heavy, trumpet shaped with bent back tips. The flowers are yellow-gold to greenish-white and the throats are dark speckled to solidly dark maroon. This species is not the easiest lily to grow: it needs a rich soil that has moisture and part shade, like other lilies that grow in moist soils; it has stolons the move the bulb around as it adjusts its growing location to suit its needs. Give it a location with rich, moisture retentive organic soils that are not wet but do not dry out during the growing season. The bulbs are hardy to zone 5 but they must be dry in the fall and winter. Some people value this attractive lily enough that they dig the plants out in the fall and store the bulbs in dry peat moss over winter and replant in spring.
Native to India, western China and Tibet
A tall plant often over 6 feet, with large, trumpet shaped pure white colored flowers. Plants blooming late summer into late fall with 6 or more flowers per stem. The flowers tend to face downward and are scented. Best in full sun, but will grow in some shade if given support. Self seeds and seedlings look like thick grass blades the first year.
Zones 10-11. Others zones when grown in a large pot and/ or stored frost-free over the winter.
Soak seeds in warm water for 24 hours. Thinly cover and use 38 to 50F with germination spread-out over a few months. Best germination when soils are cool instead of warm.
Regal lily or Kings Lily
Plants have trumpet-shaped flowers held out horizontally at the top of the stems in clusters of 2-20. The flowers are 6 to 7 inches long with the white petals on the inside with a yellow base and pink to purple tinted on the outside. In a few years this seed will produce plants with wide, oval, wine red bulbs up to 5 inches wide. Best used in the ornamental garden. Were they have no special requirements regarding soil type if it is rich and well draining in the fall and winter. They can be used from lightly shady to full sun exposure. Plants will grow 3 to 6 feet tall.
Native to western China. Soak seeds in warm water for 24 hours then use 30 days at 65-74F, Note that the leaves form a few weeks after the seed germinates. If no germination use 4-8 weeks at 32- 39F, move to 50-60F for germination.
Turk's Cap Lily
Soak seeds in warm water for 24 hours then use 8 weeks at 55-65ºF, If no germination use 4 weeks at 32- 39ºF, move to 50 -60ºF for germination. The seed normally shows delayed hypogeal germination. Start with 90 Days warm (65F) and then move to 30-39F for 4 weeks, then move back to 65F for leaf emergence.
Lilium szovitsianum is a hardy lily species with large, nodding, light canary yellow flowers. Resembles Lilium monadelphum, with thick, recurved tepeled flowers that have a waxy texture. The flowers are also pleasantly scented. Grows 3 to 6 feet tall and mature plants produce more than 20 large flowers. Grow in full sun to part shade, soils should be well draining but heavy. Resents drying out.
Very nice cutting material with deep blue colored flowers. Grows around 18 inches tall. The large leathery basal leaves contrast nicely with the airy clusters of tiny, delicate flowers on nearly leafless much-branched stems. Long blooming, with flowers from spring through fall. Survives with minimal water and withstands hot sun. Great butterfly plant also. A good subject for a beach planting.
Native to the Canary Islands. Limonium perezii seeds germinate in two weeks at 68F, very thinly cover seeds with soil medium and keep moist but not wet.
Plants come in a wide mix of colorful, snap-dragon like flowers. Plants grow 8 inches tall and have thin blue-green colored leaves and bloom the same year sown. Nice for small pots or as a colorful rock garden subject. Buy some if you like small plants with a lot of color.A large number of the plants produce flowers in bright bi-colors like: pink and purple, violet and purple, white and purple, yellow and orange, white and red plus others. Blooms the first year.
Sturdy plants that have more upright stems, plants that grow 30 inches tall, producing baby snap-dragon like flowers in a deep rose red color. Nice for cut flowers.
Annuals for full sun in well draining soils.
50 pelleted seeds
'Blue Flax' or 'Prairie Flax' (LY-num)
This Flax is upright growing with much branched stems. Perennials with narrow leaves and an abundance of cup-shaped, blue flowers that bloom late May to September. A fast-growing perennial that re-seeds itself and has moderate water requirements. It displays a moderate tolerance to salt and alkali soils too. Grow in light, well drained soils in full sun.
'Blue Flax' or 'Prairie Flax' (LY-num)
This Flax is upright growing with many branched, stems, growing 12 to 16 inches tall. Perennials with narrow leaves and an abundance of cup-shaped, blue flowers that bloom late May to September. A fast-growing perennial that re-seeds itself and has moderate water requirements. It displays a moderate tolerance to salt and alkali soils too. Grows best in lite, well draining soils in full sun. Flowers open on sunny days and tend to close up in late afternoon, blooms heavily for many weeks.
Cardinal Flower (low-BEE-lee-a: kar-dih-NAL-iss) Campanulaceae:
Lobelia cardinalis grows 3 to 4 feet tall and has bright scarlet red flowers. The flowers are produced in spikes in late summer. Loved by many for its bright color and late blooming. This plant does best in constantly moist soils in full sun to bright shade. They resent dry hot soils, but do not thrive in heavy wet soils for long. A magnet for hummingbirds, and butterflies. Flowering can start in late July and goes on to Mid October. In the garden give them water during dry periods in the summer. Will self sow if the soil is moist. Can be short lived but well worth the effort to start new plants every few years. The plants purchased from nurseries with dark stems are hybrids that are not as winter hardy. The seeds are small and the seedlings grow slowly, so care should be taken during watering. Planting out and transplanting should be done with concern not to damage the roots.
Native to most of North America, excluding the north western states of the USA. Surface sow the seeds, they are very fine. Keep between 65 and 75F. Cover the pots or trays with clear plastic or glass to keep the medium moist, keep in a sheltered location out of hot, direct sunlight but give light as light helps promote germination. Germination normally starts in 2 or 3 weeks. If no or little germination move to 30-39F for 4 weeks.
Great Blue Lobelia or Blue Cardinal Flower Campanulaceae:
Bright blue flowers on 24 to 36 inch (30 in = 76.2 cm) tall stems. Plants will grow well on damp to wet soils or in normal garden soils that do not become overly dry. Attractive plants, blooming in late summer. Plants form low growing rossets of leaves that give rise to showy upright spikes of flowers that bloom over many weeks. In the north, grow plants in full sun to light shade, in the south - grow plants in part to half day shade.
Surface sow seeds, and use 65 to 75F (75F = 23.9C), after two or three weeks if no germination move to 30 to 39F (39F = 3.9C) for four weeks, then back for 65 to 75F (75F = 23.9C). Keep plants moist during the growing season for best flowering.
Plants grow 4 to 8 feet (8 ft = 2.44 m) tall with large clusters of bright red colored flowers at the ends of long stems with felty textured leaves. Grow in full sun in well draining soils, plants do not like damp soils especially in winter, this species unlike most others in the genus likes it hot and dry. Blooms mid to late summer. Loved by Hummingbirds.
Seeds are on the small side, so surface sow and use 68 to 76F (76 F = 24.4 C) with germination in a few weeks, use a well draining soil medium, waterlogged soils can cause root rot.
Native to Chile.
Seedbox (lud-WIG-ee-uh: al-tern-ee-FOH-lee-uh) Onagraceae:
grows 20 to 36 inches tall. This species is a beautiful North American native wildflower with small but beautiful bright yellow flowers and attractive seedpods. The flowers only last for a day each but the yellowish sepals remain, and after flowering the plants have interesting seed pods. It is a host plant for the banded sphinx moth. Best in moist to wet soils.
Lupinus albus is an annual lupine with white flowers. White lupin is an annual legume that has a long history of cultivation around the Mediterranean and along the Nile valley where it is used for human consumption, green manuring and as a forage crop.
Native to the Mediterranean.
Plants grow 1.5 to 3 feet tall and have slender blue colored flowers, blooming in late spring and early summer. Grow in well draining soils in part shade to full sun. A long lived Lupin with hand shaped leaves that have silver colored hairs.
Soak seeds in warm water for 24 hours, Change the water after 12 hours with fresh water. Lightly cover seeds and keep at F 65 for 2 weeks then move to 29-39F for 5 weeks, move to 65F for germination in Germination in 2-45 days.
Bush Lupine or Tree lupine
A fast growing perennial that reaches 4 to 5 (7) feet tall with white flowers in 6 inch long spikes. Nice dark green colored foliage. Plants are short lived, maybe 5 years but will self seed if allowed to. Hardy to 15 F.
This species tends to be a self sowing annual, Lupinus elegans 'Pink Fairy' is a shorter growing selection of the species growing from 16 to 24 inches tall. It has near white flowers with tinted rose-red guard petals, as the flowers age the tinting increases and the flowers become more pink and reddish. the flowers are arranged into crowded displays, which put on a showy display, blooming from the bottom upwards. The oddly bicolor blooms and short height make this an interesting filler plant in the sunny garden. Best effect when planted in groups of five or more plants with each spaced-out about 10 inches apart. The seeds are large and easy to handle and they should be direct sown where the plants are to be grown in the garden. Cover the seeds with 1/4 inch of soil in spring or early summer. To speed up and produce a more uniform germination rate, it is helpful to soak the seeds in warm water for 12 hours just before sowing.
Mexican lupine is native to Mexico and Guatemala.
Pearl Lupine or Andean Lupin or Indian Lupin
Large, fragrant flowers in a mixture of dark blue and light pink to yellow. Use in flowerbeds and bouquets, long vase life, annual flowering the first year. The spikes of flowers that change color as they age. Grows 3 feet tall. Nice in clusters of 3 or 5 plants spaced out 18 inches apart, long blooming plants with showy flowers that are fragrant. Loved by butterflies and good for cutting. Called 'Pearl Lupin' because the seeds look like round, white pearls. Lupinus hartwegii is incorrect. Lupinus cruckshanksii A. Gray or Lupinus mutabilis var. cruckshanksii (Hook.) D. Don.
Annuals. Sow in place of growth or start in deep plugs, plants have tap roots that do not like to be broken during transplanting. Soak seeds in warm water for 24 hours, change the water after 12 hours with fresh water. Lightly cover seeds and keep at F 65, germination in 2-15 days.
Nootka lupine (loo-PIE-nus: noot-kuh-TEN-sis) Fabaceae:
Lupinus nootkatensis has softly hair leaves with blue flowers with white flags. An attractive short lupine that grows 12 to 30 inches tall. Grow in full sun in well draining soils. Plants can self seed proficiently under ideal conditions and will form large, very colorful colonies. This species is native to the western costs of Alaska and Canada. Best in full sun in soils that are cool and nitrgen poor.
The Gallery series produces very dwarf plants with flowering height of 18 inches (18 in = 45.7 cm). The nice compact clump habit produces 6-8 inch (8 in = 20.3 cm) flower spikes. A great selection for pots and along a pathway or front of the border.
Heat treated seeds, in the past some lupin seeds have contained a virus that was passed from the parent plants to the seeds, the virused seeds produced slower growing plants. The Gallery series produces very dwarf plants with flowering height of 18 inches. The nice compack clump habit produces 6-8 inch flower spikes. A great selection for pots and along a pathway or front of the boarder.
The Gallery series produces very dwarf plants with a flowering height of 18 inches. The nice compact clump habit of this strain produces a number of 6-8 inch flower spikes. A great selection for pots and along a pathway or front of the boarder.
Bluff Lupine or Varicolored Lupine or Many-colored Lupine (loo-PIE-nus: VER-suh-kuh-lor) Fabaceae:
Lupinus versicolor is a low growing lupine species, around 12 inches tall, that blooms from late spring into mid summer. The small leaves are covered in silver hairs, and the flowers are a multicolored mix of purples and yellow-creams. An attractive rock garden subject, forming low, spreading mats, with interesting foliage and showy flowers.
This species is an endemic shrub of California.
Maltese Cross (lick-nis: chal-ce-DON-i-ka)
Plants grow three to four feet tall and have dense heads of bright scarlet flowers. One of the, if not the, brightest true red flowers, blooming in early to mid summer. Long lived-doing very well in a moist sandy loam soil in full sun to light shade. A classic garden plant that still commands attention. Germination in less than three weeks at 68F. Surface sow seeds, light needed for best results.
Native to eastern Russia.
Unusual pink bronze flushed, rose colored, 'Maltese Cross' shaped flowers. Plants grow 3 to 4 feet tall and bloom in July. Full sun in good soils that are moisture retentive but not wet. In a shady location they need major staking.
The species is native from Eastern Russia. Germination in less than two weeks at 68F . Surface sow seeds, light needed for best results.
Good sized, white colored flowers with nochted petals. The flowers have five petals and have a round pin-wheel look to them, with each petal is deeply noched in the middle with rounded edges. Plants grow 8 to 15 inches tall and have short narrow leaves that are low growing.
Native to northern Chine, Mongolia and Siberia. Were it is found growing in open woodlands, rocky grasslands and on hill sides. Surfaces sow seeds and use F 70, germination in 4-20 days. Once seeds start to germinate sprinkle a little seed mix over the top of them. If no germination move to 30-39F 4 weeks then back to F 70. If you have less than 50% germination - Allow the medium to dry out and store dry for a month or two then water again. Keep your seed trays/pots for a year after transplanting out your seedlings. Some seeds respond to cycles of drying.
[Silene viscaria] Caryophyllaceae:
Lychnis viscaria 'Snowbird' is a low growing selection. Plants forming mats of foliage with flowering stems growing 12 to 20 inches tall. The flowers are in spike like displays are are a bright white color. Can be used as a cut flower. Blooms late spring and early summer.
Surface sow the seeds with germination in a week at 70F.
Plants have 16 inch tall stems with dark purple-red flowers above very low growing clumps of thin evergreen foliage. Very showy in the landscape planted in groups of 7 or more plants spaced about 8 inches apart.
Haage Campion (hah-GEE-ah-na)
This Hybrid has large orange to red colored, Maltese cross shaped - flowers on shorter growing plants that reach a height of 10-15 inches tall. Very showy in the front of the border were they will bloom best in full sun in well draining but moisture retentive soils. Blooms in Late June and July. I like them along a fence or mixed in amongst Catmints and Sedum's. After flowering plants can be cut down or you can leave the seeds heads on till they dry and use them as dried cut flowers in a small dried flower arrangement. Plants tend to go dormant in late summer and will return next spring. they are noticeable from a good distance.
(The roots are not so hardy in the north (Zones 3-4) - so plants grow in to thick short clumps after 2 or 3 years and should be divided if you want taller plants)
To germinate the seeds of Lychnis x haageana start with 3 to 4 weeks at 68ÂºF, if no germination move for 3 to 4 weeks to 30-39ÂºF, then move back to 68ÂºF
Wolfberry or Goji Berry or Chinese Matrimony Vine Solanaceae:
Lycium chinense is a deciduous vine-like shrub with light purple flowers and red berries. The multi-stemmed sprawling branches grow to 3-6 feet long, but sometimes longer and they sometimes produce thorns.
This species is native to China, were it has had a long history of medicinal uses, it is found naturally on slopes, along roadsides, and in disturbed areas.
Lysimachia atropurpurea has long, thin shaped foliage which is silver tinted. Plants with spikes of dark wine-red colored flowers. Grows 18 to 30 inches tall. Nice cut flowers or attractive plants for large containers, a unique display. Does best in moist but well draining soils, were it will spread-out slowly to form wide clumps. In drier soils the plants should be grown in some shade. Plants can be added with good effect to a 'Black Garden' for its dark colored flowers, which are produced in midsummer. The plants keep blooming till early fall.