Flowering Annuals, Perennials & Bulbs

Iris Revealed

from Loose Dirt newsletter

Talk about comeuppance.  I pride myself on being a garden generalist, and here goes my favorite editor, asking for specifics.

Heady Hedychium and more Gingers

My first appreciation of white butterfly ginger had nothing to do with its heady fragrance, its waxy petals, nor its fasty growth.  Instead, I remember well what happened when I hopped each stalk down in the name of drama.

Roses for Everyone

My goal is to make you a smart rose grower, not a rosarian. There’s whole societies for that, and I offer them to you if want to truly specialize. I want to teach you some history, help you recognize the different kinds of roses, not just because it’s interesting,

A project with purpose and beauty to boot

o celebrate the people of Holland who rescued so many Jews from the nightmare that was the Holocaust, we plant tulips. Why tulips? Because just as the Dutch people nurtured us, they nurture the tulip bulb. They plant them everywhere, celebrate them, and export millions worldwide.

Turf you can Live With

When you consider how many millions of human beings depend on growing grains for survival, it’s amazing to think that there are more turfgrass plants on earth than any other kind. But in fact, none of the vast cultivated acreages of corn, rice, wheat, and other edible grasses begins to equal the total 
number of these purely decorative types.

Daffodils for the Deep South

Early flowers
Mt. Hood, pure white                           
Unsurpassable, giant yellow

Darling Dianthus

Hard to classify in botanists’ parlance as strictly annuals or perennials, the Dianthus family offers fragrant spring flowers on neat plants with green or blue gray leaves. The ‘Pinks,’ as they’re called, are best grown as annuals where summers are cool and winters hard, except for those few perennial alpine varieties. From zones 3 and south to zone 9, popular varieties can be grown as annuals or short lived perennials.

An Autumn Bouquet

It's a Monday in late fall, with skies gray like Eeyore’s coat. With a cool night to come, I'm gathering flowers, the last of some for this year. Here’s what adorns the table now:

Colorful bulbs for shade

A rose is a rose - did Shakespeare write that first, or did he overhear it like the rest of us?  Every garden looks better with roses, so far as I'm concerned, and every rose looks better with other plants growing with it. That brings up the question of what to plant with them in the garden.