This tough perennial thrives in part to full sun and any soil. Totally drought-resistant once established. Spreads in nicely to fill a hillside or tough spots in the garden. 2-3′ tall with bold orange blooms floating above grass-like foliage. Fantastic cut flower in arrangements.
Ostrich Fern / Matteuccia struthiopteris June 21, 2017
This NATIVE fern grows 3-5′ high and readily spreads where happy.
Can form a dense groundcover if the ground is moist.
Can take full sun if moisture is abundant, otherwise part to full shade.
Beautiful fronds uncurl in spring. Statuesque presence in the shade border all summer.
Golden Aaron’s Beard / Hypericum ‘Brigadoon’ March 25, 2016
This marvelous little plant glows golden. It loves a spot in part sun, and is a great edging plant. The golden color brightens your garden from spring and lasts almost all winter before it ought to be sheered back to the ground to promote new growth. Truly one of my favorite foliage plants in the garden. Part sun, 10″ high, fantastic in cut arrangements.
One of the most colorful bloomers in the late summer garden, bees flock to the spikes of pale purple flowers for one more shot pollen before autumn comes. Spreads at a medium rate into a large mass of color, for a smashing display in your flower bed.
Full to part sun, 24″ tall.
Black Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides Viridescens) September 28, 2015
Fuzzy flower spikes that are a smoky purple-black color emerge in late summer and contrast nicely with the fine, deep green foliage. Pennisetum alopecuroides Fountain Grass makes a wonderful accent in the sunny landscape, or plant it in drifts for a massed effect. The ornamental grasses will dance and sway in the breezes. Completely drought-proof once established.