COMMON NAME:  nasturtiumGENUS: TropaeolumSPECIES: T.major; T. minorFAMILY: TropaeolaceaeBLOOMS: summerTYPE: annualDESCRIPTION:  Very colorful, five-petaled blossoms grow on short or trailing plants. The leaves are round and attractive. Blossom colors include red, pink, and yellow and hues in between.CULTIVATION:  Nasturtiums are very adaptable and can grow in poor soils and under drought conditions. They need well-drained soil … Continue reading Nasturtium



COMMON NAME:  petuniaGENUS:  PetuniaSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:P. grandiflora-large flowers.P. multiflora-prolific bloomer.FAMILY:  SolanaceaeBLOOMS:  summerTYPE:  annualDESCRIPTION:  Petunia flowers come in quite an array of candy-store colors including red, pink, dark blue, light blue, purple, and yellow. The flowers are single or double and can be as wide as 7 inches across. The leaves are light green and somewhat … Continue reading Petunia


COMMON NAME:  phloxGENUS:  PhloxSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:P. paniculata-includes varieties in many colors ranging from white to pink, purple, and red. P.p. 'White Admiral'-white. P.p. 'Bright Eyes'-light pink with dark pink centers. P.p. 'Vintage Wine'-claret red; blooms late in summer. P.carolina-only in white and pink; no problem with reversion. P.c. 'Miss Lindgard'-mildew resistant; blooms June and July. P. … Continue reading Phlox

Pincushion Flower

COMMON NAME:  pincushion flowerGENUS: ScabiosaSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:S. atropurpurea-annual; 24 to 48 inches tall. S. fama-perennial; blue flowers. S. caucasica-blue flowers; 30 inches tall.FAMILY: DipsacaceaeBLOOMS: summerTYPE: annual or perennialDESCRIPTION:  Pincushion flower is rather exotic looking, grows to a height of 18 to 48 inches and has blooms 3 inches across. The flowers have an intricate form, … Continue reading Pincushion Flower


COMMON NAME:  pinksGENUS: DianthusSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:D. plumarius 'Spring Beauty'-mixture of double flowers; colors range from pink to rose, salmon, and white with interesting markings. D.p. 'Essex Witch'-dwarf variety; only 5 inches tall; rose-pink; easy to grow. D.p. 'Aqua'-white, double flowers on stalks 10 to 12 inches tall. D. caryophyllaceae-garden or florist carnation; 18 to 24 inches.FAMILY: … Continue reading Pinks


COMMON NAME: portulacaGENUS: PortulacaSPECIES: P. grandifloraFAMILY: PortulacaceaeBLOOMS: summerTYPE: perennial {grown as an annual}DESCRIPTION:  The creeping habit of portulaca makes it wonderful to use in rock gardens, hanging baskets or low flower beds. The plant rarely grows taller than 8 inches. The leaves are short and narrow but thick and fleshy. The blossoms look like single … Continue reading Portulaca

Red-Hot Poker

COMMON NAME: red-hot pokerGENUS: KniphofiaSPECIES: K. uvariaFAMILY: LiliaceaeBLOOMS: summerTYPE: perennialDESCRIPTION:  This unusual member of the lily family has a tall spike of orange and yellow flowers. The deepest shades of orange are found at the top of the flowering spike, and the color gets progressively lighter and turns to yellow toward the bottom. New strains … Continue reading Red-Hot Poker


COMMON NAME: roseGENUS: RosaSPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:Types of roses: Old-fashioned-includes the older hybrids. Hybrid tea-large blooms. Floribundas-smaller blossoms borne in clusters. Modern shrub-large flowered. Climbers and ramblers-vigorous climbing habit. Miniature-tiny, with semi-double or double flowers.FAMILY:  RosaceaeBLOOMS: summerTYPE: perennialDESCRIPTION:  It is difficult to find any flower more beautiful than roses. The grace and elegance of the flower … Continue reading Rose

Saint John’s Wort

COMMON NAME: Saint John's wort GENUS: Hypericum SPECIES: H. calycinum, H. bookerianum, H. patulum FAMILY: Hypericaceae BLOOMS: summer TYPE: perennial DESCRIPTION: Saint John's wort is a low-growing, partly woody perennial that produces bright yellow flowers from early summer until frost. The flowers, which measure 1 1/2 to 2 inches across, occur in groups of five … Continue reading Saint John’s Wort


COMMON NAME: salvia GENUS: Salvia SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: S. splendens-popular bedding plant grown as an annual. S. superba 'Blue Queen'-perennial; short spikes of deep violet flowers. S. haematodes-perennial; to 36 inches; sprays of lavender flowers. FAMILY: Labiatae BLOOMS: summer TYPE: annual and perennial DESCRIPTION: Both annual and perennial salvias are characterized by attractive spikes of flowers. … Continue reading Salvia