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Syringa vulgaris (Common Lilac)

Prized for its delightful fragrance, Syringa vulgaris (Common Lilac) is a mainstay of the spring landscape in northern and colder climates. Easy to grow, tough as nails, deer resistant and relatively free from major pests, Common Lilacs are one of the most effective flowering shrubs. Tailored to meet the needs of all gardens, this species counts 2000 cultivars.

Asclepias (Milkweed)

Mostly native to the U.S. and Canada, Asclepias include over 100 species of evergreen or deciduous perennials adorned with clusters of small, interestingly shaped blooms that are irresistible to butterflies. Attractive and easy to grow, they shine in many perennial gardens and are a key component of butterfly gardens, cottage gardens, or prairies and meadows.

Eryngium (Sea Holly)

Attractive, Sea Holly plants (Eryngium) are striking ornamental perennials grown for their arresting, thistle-like, silvery or blue tinted flower heads adorned with a ruff of showy bracts. Blooming in summer and sometimes into fall, they are useful in rock gardens, coastal gardens and in borders where their steel blue flowers and foliage complement the vibrantly colored summer flowers.

Hardy Orchids, Bog Orchids, Arethusa, Calopogon, Platantherea, Pogonia, Spiranthes

Pretty Hardy Orchids for the Bog Garden

Stars of the bog garden, there are quite a few species of hardy terrestrial orchids that can turn a slow-draining, waterlogged spot into a beautiful attraction. With hardiness zones ranging from zone 3 through 9, they add an unexpected touch of exoticism in the landscape.

Dwarf Nymphaea, Dwarf Waterlily, Dwarf Water Lily, Miniature Nymphaea, Miniature Waterlily, Miniature Water Lily, Hardy Nymphaea, Small Ponds, Container Gardening

Dwarf and Miniature Hardy Water Lilies

Dwarf and Miniature Hardy Water Lilies are ideally suited to growing in small ponds, tubs or container gardens in a sheltered, sunny site. Blooming from early summer to early fall, they grow mainly in 6-18 in. of water (15-45 cm).

Medium to Large Nymphaea, Medium to Large Waterlily, Medium to Large Water Lily, Hardy Nymphaea, Medium Ponds, Large Ponds

Medium to Large Hardy Water Lilies

Medium to Large Hardy Water Lilies are ideally suited to growing in large or medium-sized garden ponds in a sheltered, sunny site. Blooming from early summer to early fall, they grow mainly in 12-36 in. of water (30-90 cm).

Heavy Blooming Nymphaea, Heavy Blooming Waterlily, Heavy Blooming Water Lily, Hardy Nymphaea, Medium Ponds, Large Ponds, Small Ponds

Profuse Blooming Hardy Water Lilies

These hardy water lilies are profuse bloomers that work well in small, medium or large ponds. To promote more blooms, make sure you follow these rules

Shade Nymphaea, Shade Waterlily, Shade Water Lily, Shade Aquatic Plants, Shade Pond Plants, Hardy Nymphaea, Hardy Water lilies, Hardy Waterlilies

Shade Tolerant Hardy Water Lilies

Most water lilies typically need a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight in order to produce their spectacular blooms. However, some will flower in part shade with between 4-6 hours of sunlight daily. None grow in deep shade with less than 3 hours of sunlight each day.

Prickly Wild Rose, Arkansas Rose, Early Wild Rose, California Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Dwarf Rose, Small-Leaved Rose, Shining Rose, Nootka Rose, Swamp Rose, Prairie Rose, Virginia Rose, West

Pretty Native American Roses

There are about 20 rose species native to the United States. Despite their remarkable charms, they represent less than 2 percent of the rose market and seem to be overlooked by landscapers and gardeners. Although not as showy and spectacular as the European and Asian species and hybrids brought to the United States in the past centuries, we believe these native roses should have a place in today’s landscapes.

Amaryllis, Amarylis Bulbs, Hippeastrum, Hippeastrum Bulbs, Large Flowering Amaryllis, Double Amaryllis, Galaxy Amaryllis, Diamond Amaryllis, Single Amaryllis

Glamorous Large-Flowering Amaryllis

The Large Flowering Amaryllis group is the most popular group with single flowers up to 8-10 in (20-25 cm). Their cultivars belong to the Galaxy group. Each bulb usually produces 2-3 stems and 4-6 flowers per stem. These exquisite Amaryllis tend to grow up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm). Depending on temperature, they bloom 6-10 weeks after planting.

Spring bulbs, Spring bulbs, Hyacinthoides, Iris reticulata, Muscari, Scilla, Allium, Anemone, Chionodoxa, Galanthus, Tulipa, Narcissus, Spring Garden

Brighten Up Your Garden From January Through May with Colorful Flower Bulbs

Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus: these are the spring bloomers everyone knows. But there are hundreds of other, lesser-known beauties to plant in fall. Some are small and delicate, others tall and ungainly. All are fabulous. Wait till you see them!

Erythronium (Dog Tooth Violets)

A member of the Lily family, Erythronium (Dog Tooth Violet) are charming bulbous perennials grown for their nodding, lily-shaped flowers adorned with gracefully reflexed petals in spring. Equally attractive is their foliage of elliptic leaves, often copiously marbled with purple-bronze.

Amaryllis, Amarylis Bulbs, Hippeastrum, Hippeastrum Bulbs, Hippeastrum, Cybister Amaryllis, Spider Amaryllis, Exotic Amaryllis

Fascinating Cybister and Exotic Amaryllis

More and more popular, the Cybister Amaryllis are truly spectacular with their exotic, orchid-like flowers. They feature long, ribbon-like, spidery petals and splashes of bright color such as deep reds, soft green, copper, dark pink, creamy white and burgundy. They are unlike any other Amaryllis group and their cultivars belong to the Spider group.

Daffodils for Naturalizing, Daffodils that come back, Best Daffodils, Best Narcissus, Naturalizing Bulbs, perennial Bulbs

Great Daffodils that Come Back Every Year

Naturalizing bulbs is a terrific way to brighten up lawns, prairies or meadows in spring. They also make gardening easy. Once planted, there is nothing left to do: these bulbs can stay right where they are and produce flowers year after year. What could be better?

Tulips for Naturalizing, Tulips that come back, Best Tulips, Naturalizing Bulbs, perennial Bulbs, Perennial Tulips

Pretty Tulips that Come Back Every Year

Many tulips are not strongly perennial and their floral display tends to decline from season to season. They bloom well the first year, but then peter out after a couple of years. But if you select the right tulip varieties, plant them in the right spot and provide the proper care, you can be rewarded with a magnificent spring display year after year.

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