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: 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