Iris

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:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  The bearded irises are composed of standards {petals that … Continue reading Iris

Tulip

COMMON NAME:  tulip GENUS:  Tulipa SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: The most commonly used hybrid tulips are Darwin, Darwin hybrid, cottage, breeder, multi-flowered, and lily flowered. Popular species tulips include T. kaufmanniana, T. fosteriana, T. praeslaus, T. greigil, T. kolpakowskiana, and T. pulchella. FAMILY:  Liliaceae BLOOMS:  late spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Though there is tremendous variation in … Continue reading Tulip

Peony

COMMON NAME:  peony GENUS:  Paeonia SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: P. lactiflora {Chinese peony}-many hybrids; single or double. P. suffruticosa {TREE PEONY}-shrub; does not die back in winter. FAMILY:  Ranunculaceae BLOOMS:  late spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Peony greets spring with offerings of very large, beautiful blossoms in pinks, white, and shades of red. The foliage is neat and … Continue reading Peony

Late Spring Flower ~ Wallflower

COMMON NAME:  wallflower GENUS:  Cheiranthus SPECIES:  C. allioni, C. cheiri FAMILY:  Cruciferae BLOOMS:  late spring-summer TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Wallflowers come in lovely shades of orange, apricot, and yellow. Plants grow to a height of 14 to 18 inches. Numerous flowers occur at the ends of spikes. Leaves are long and narrow. CULTIVATION:  Wallflower plants cannot … Continue reading Late Spring Flower ~ Wallflower