Plant Selection Guides
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Azaleas and Rhododendrons are highly popular ornamental shrubs that can be very impressive in the rock garden. Mixed with herbaceous perennials or combined with other small woody plants, they help create a beautiful tapestry of shape, flower and foliage color.
Here is a selection of the best and most distinctive Japanese Silver Grasses that could become the highlight of your garden!
Kniphofias, commonly known as Torch Lilies or Red Hot Pokers, always make a bold statement in the garden with their brilliant show of bright-colored, dense, erect spikes resembling glowing pokers or torches. Blooming from late spring to early fall, depending on the varieties, their stately flowers are noted for their long-lasting display of reds, oranges, yellows or creams, adding eye-catching splashes of color to any border.
The flowers of Dinner Plate Dahlias make quite an impression! They are unbelievably large - up to 12 in. across (30 cm) - and will bloom continuously from July until the first touch of frostDahlias are absolutely breathtaking flowers. Flowering for months, they inject color and drama wherever you grow them: in mixed borders in the garden, in containers or window boxes on balconies and on patios
Pompon and Ball Dahlias feature relatively small, fully double, globe-shaped flowers with petals blunt or slightly rounded at their tips. How not to marvel at the perfect petal arrangement of these dahlias? They display an infinite swirl of florets with fold upon fold of incredibly flawless petals.
Anemone Dahlias feature an outer ring of flat ray petals arranged in a wreath and surrounding masses of tiny, elongated disk florets which form an intriguing floral pincushion. Collarette Dahlias are small to medium flowers with large flat ray petals surrounding an open center. Within the ray and surrounding the center is a wreath of shorter petals, often of a different color: this forms the “collar.”
Peony Dahlias are open centered flowers with two or more rows of large and voluptuous petals surrounding a disc. Orchid Dahlias are also open centered flowers with one ray of florets surrounding a disc (Single Orchid) or a fully double bloom showing no disc (Double Orchid). The florets involute for two-thirds or more of their length.
Combining late flowering Clematis with your roses would have the benefit of extending the season of interest of your roses. Blooming after the roses, the Clematis would use the roses as a support and their elegant blooms would stand out against the foliage of the roses.
Many clematis make terrific container plants, especially if trained up an obelisk or a small trellis. There are so many clematis varieties that finding the best one for your needs might be a daunting task. To assist you in selecting the right plant, here is a list of great clematis vines for your containers.
The Chicago Botanic Garden undertook an evaluation project to determine which clematis were suitable for cultivation in midwest gardens. Initiated in the spring of 1990 and continued through the fall of 1995, 64 species and cultivars were included in the project. Here is a list of Clematis varieties which performed extremely well and obtained good to excellent ratings.
Combining early flowering Clematis with your roses would have the benefit of advancing the season of interest of your roses. Blooming before the roses, the Clematis would use the roses as a support and their elegant blooms would stand out against the foliage of the roses.