Day: May 3, 2017


COMMON NAME:  iris GENUS:  Iris SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: There are over 200 known species of iris. Some of the most popular garden irises include {in order of succession of bloom}:  I. reticulata, Dutch, dwarf bearded, Siberian, Spuria, Louisiana, Japanese. FAMILY:  Iridaceae BLOOMS:  spring-summer TYPE:…

Flowers That Heal

Garden flowers offer us more than their beautiful colors and smell; many contain healing properties that have been used for thousands of years. As we begin planning our gardens, we reflect on the relationship between the plants to which we tend and our own…

Lily of the Valley

COMMON NAME:  lily of the valley GENUS:  Convallaria SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: C. mabalis fortunei ‘Giant Bells’-up to fifteen large bells; grows 8 to 10 inches tall; suitable for forcing; will bloom approximately three weeks after being planted. FAMILY:  Liliaceae BLOOMS:  spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Flower…

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