We have larger branched specimens this year in larger pots. These can be put outside in the yard or trimmed back for eventual bonsai usage. You can make the choice. A traditional form with new spring foliage emerging glossy maroon then fading to a bronzy crimson throughout the summer. Successful in containers. A basic ...
"Variegated Sweet Flag"-so called because the foliage is a close mimic of the boggy Iris crew. But this is an Aroid. Brightly cream-striped fanned leaves occasionally display the tell-tale small green spathe & spadix. Decorative accent plant for sunny boggy areas. Typically sent to you as a mossed division.
Fast clustering miniature selection with taller foliage than pusillus, while individual blades are elegantly slim in the overlapping foliar fans--much used as a bonsai companion. As with all the gramineus cultivars, this must be kept evenly moist in order to maintain lustrous foliage.
Interlacing ranks of short swpictures/ord-shaped glossy-grass leaves, each striped on its inner edge, form remarkable 4" cushions. Most certainly the prize cultivar of the species, this quite rare Japanese selection of this winter hardy "Sweetflag" is also beautiful as indoor pot plant as well as a choice mame bonsai c...
Bright white-striped leaves similar to A.g. variegatus--altho considered to be more compact and shorter as matures. An easily grown houseplant, always a star in a terrarium setting, equally happy in a damp area outside in our climate here.
Marvelous small tufts of bright golden chartreuse fans of tiny flat leaf blades; wonderful in small undrained containers; very showy golden tuffet in a terrarium as well.
"Golden Sweetflag" Elegant ranks of 6"+ sword leaves of bright yellow-ochre with emerald pinstripes. Striking indoors in a small blue bonsai pot; beautiful evergreen golden-grass effect when grown in a boggy spot outdoors; popular in aquatic tubs for the deck as keeps small stature. Japanese clone.
Lime-yellow stripes inside outer edge of each slim blade; from Japan, excellent as short grassy-tufted houseplant; or quite hardy in SE Ohio--a "Japanese Sweet Flag" which stays evergreen if given semi-aquatic conditions outdoors. Easy in aquatic culture--although the name translates as "Snow on the Mountain," this sub...
Elegant maroon polished stems hold aloft the semi-circle of dainty fronds of our native "Hardy Maidenhair Fern" which loves a hint of lime from time to time and grows best in high shade, unless the site never completely dries out. Use the tropical species offered in the TROPICAL SECTION for terrarium and houseplant sub...
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"Bishops Weed" or "Goutweed" Creeping rootstocks quickly form a deciduous carpet of biternate (thus called "Ground Elder") short leaves edged in white; perfect choice for ground-cover or for edging. White blossoms form rigid patterns in cute umbles much beloved by butterflies. Reliably beautifully variegated low ground...
"Yellow Buckeye" seedlings from a huge grandmother buckeye in the cemetery at the annexed village of Harmar in Marietta, the oldest organized city in Ohio (1788). Even older, Fort Harmar was build in 1785. We're talkin' older than Woody Hayes. These horse chestnut cousins have smooth outer skins with no spines, and gor...
Wonderful "Red Buckeye"--a shrubby tree with tropical appearing foliage topped in the spring with massive pyramidal panicles of showy rosy red blossoms. Prefers poor soil with shaded roots.
Celebrated at the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002, this new form emerges with crowns of crinkled purpled leaves transforming into richly aromatic rosettes of golden yellow foliage; fluffy lavender flower spikes. Needs perfect drainage.
Very large glazed glossy purple leaves form wide flat rosettes. Excellent evergreen giant groundcover in the Midwest--but high exposure to winter sun with freezing winter wind can damage these outsized leaves; nonetheless, they reliably remain undamaged in moist shady areas. A slowly carpeting selection of this sometim...
The clustering (not carpeting) marvelously 3-D "Spinach Bugleweed" forms a slowly-increasing flat mound of crinkly purple foliage; over which appear springtime tiny spikes of blue lipped flowers. Choice. Ross suggests this to more accurately be 'Mini Crisp Red,' while it is also sometimes sold as A.p. purpurea crispa i...
From the garden of Charles & Linda Applegate comes this brightly basil toned vigorous groundcover topped with showy spires of white in the spring--Very slowly carpeting selection with extremely thickly tostled congested foliage unique among the "Bugleweeds"--just so in vogue currently! Our most popular Ajuga--especiall...
A very miniature tuffet (eventually a carpet if given a few years) of purple blushed cocoa bronze mouseear leaves; spikes of blue flowers (fading to dark blue purple) only 3" tall! From Valfredda nursery in Italy. Now we have a perfectly behaved "Bugleweed" appropriate for even small trough gardens and an excellent und...
Japanese selection of "Fiveleaf Akebia" with dark purplish- green palmately compound pinwheel leaves; fragrant clusters of unusual blossoms--chocolate purple pistillate and rose staminate. Odd violet-brown sausage pod opens to reveal a waxy fleshy pink interior with seeds. Very vigorous in our climate.
The ubiquitous "Mimosa Tree" from northern areas of India with wide spreading crown of elegantly arching limbs graced with intricately laced foliage and pink puffs of flowers. This is our local clone (Z6b) which rarely suffers winter killback unlike most more southern USA collections--tends to bloom from old growth eve...
Again, the ubiquitous "Mimosa Tree" from northern areas of India with wide spreading crown of elegantly arching limbs graced with intricately laced foliage and pink puffs of flowers. This clone is new and sports some of the darkest cranberry purple leaves during the summer. Not as hardy as the above clone, but worth th...
Attractive mounds of softly toned gray green foliage of somewhat hexagonal leaves; summer sprays of lime yellow blossoms are also used in dried flower arrangements. A traditional herb garden star perfect in the perennial border to tone down gaudier bedfellows. Z 3-8. Yes, this is the billowy gray toned perennial appear...
Heavily Clumping senescen hybrid with foot tall stems of showy light magenta pink balls of bloom early fall. A Mark McDonough selection of a very high performer. May remain evergreen in the deeper south.
Crop available mid summer. Small-leaved "Porcelain Vine" with deeply lobed leaves splashed with white and pink; by September this beautifully laced and frosted foliage will be accented by lilac to blue hard polished berries in attractive clusters. Handsome Asian vine
Rare "Narrow Leaf Bluestar" species with narrow needle leaves on erect wirestems; starry blue blossoms in showy clusters appear quite early on. Entire plant turns a brilliant bright yellow in early fall, creating quite a visual display as its last seasonal hurrah.
"Grapeleaf Anemone" Vigorous perennial elevating soft pink saucer-shaped flowers (sepals) on slim stems over the jagged foliage from September thru October. Now more properly Anemone tomentosa robustissima. A stunning show of masses of elegant billowy pink fall flowers Seems to perform best here in gravel laden moist s...
North American "Hercules' Club" named for the stout spiny short trunks bearing the lacy foliage & huge panicles of white blossoms (which have the same outline as the impressive inflorescence of Fatsias). Gives an immediate tropical effect to a temperate zone garden. Cheapest way to quickly create a very big effect. Nei...
Bright white globes of flowers on short stems over the tidy mounds of narrow leaves. Selection of "Sea Thrift perfect in trough designs or in the rockgarden. Needs Sandy soil and full sun to flourish.
Impressive "Purple Thrift" with dark burgundy foliage (in full sun & skree) topped with deep pink flower heads. A most distinctive reddish purple tuffet for your trough or rock garden.
A true gem for rockery or trough: the cute rosy red globes of "Thrift" blossoms resemble mini lollipops over the stiff tiny needle like leaves--each margined bright cream--packed tightly in ever increasing dense hemispheres. Too, too, cute. But remember not to coddle this gem as it needs very bright light in an exposed...
Compact grassy tuffets topped with spherical clusters of red blushed "Thrift" blossoms on long enough stems to work as a cut flower; but most valuable as a showy addition to the rockery, the larger trough or pathway liner. Prefers sweet soil.