Nodding onion. This nodding pink onion is native to shale barrens, so
to cope with dry soils and heat. Blooming in June and July, it is just
with attractive narrow blades.. The bulbs are edible. For full sun to
Propagate by seeds or division of clumps of bulbs.
‘Pink Star’. A
starburst of pale pink flowers on 2’
plants. In my garden it has spread to form sweeps of thin foliage and
flowers in July and August. Full sun or light shade. Easy to divide the
or even move them in bloom.
Chives. Yes, this is usually
classified as part of the herb garden, but the lovely lavender flower
pair well with coreopsis and sundrops. Both the flowers and the narrow
leaves are edible. At 18” it never needs staking. Propagate from seed
Garlic chives. The white flowers on 2’ stems also
hail from the herb garden but are so pretty they can go to the flower
Blooming in late summer, easy to grow from seed or bulbs, and like all
onions, of no interest to deer and rabbits.
foeniculum. Anise hyssop. Spikes of light purple flowers on
blooming all summer. This mint family perennial makes good tea and is
irresistible to butterflies and other pollinators. It does not spread
control like other mint family plants. From seed. Full sun, dry soil.
‘Bronze Beauty’. Blue
bugle. This easy to grow
groundcover sports dark purple basal foliage all winter, making it
the winter months. Then in April it sends up 10” spikes of blue just as
daffodils are blooming. Pick up rooted stems and move them to wherever
more. Sun or shade.
Thread-leaf bluestar. Many heads of
blue star flowers in May and June followed by great glowing yellow fall
The tall plants (3-4’) need no staking and perform well in dry, rocky
full sun or light shade.
Columbine. This cheerful red and yellow
native of dry, rocky woods and meadows has a deep taproot which makes
for dry slopes. Blooming in April and May, it attracts hummingbirds as
other pollinators. Blooms at 2’ with pretty meadow rue leaves. Grows
italicum f. pictum. Lords
and ladies. Mottled leaves
produced in the fall are attractive in the winter landscape, followed
flowers and spikes of bright orange berries in spring. Then the plant
dormant until another year. A winter ground cover, unpalatable to deer.
shade, 18” tall.
ginger. This native ground cover
produces purple spiky flowers at ground level, where ants seek out the
fleshy seeds. That’s how it spreads. At 6” tall, it has mat green
is great for dry shade. Divide the stems and replant runners.
European wild ginger. The shiny leaves of this
European counterpart to our native ginger is equally fine in the
garden. The plants do indeed smell like culinary ginger and were
used that way by early settlers. Maybe.
This small understory tree or shrub grows
15-20’ tall. It is found in low bottom woods and along streams. It’s
tropical species but is perfectly hardy. The tree sends out root
form thickets, so is not a good candidate for a lawn specimen. You need
different one for fruit, which is a green sweet custard type ripening
October. Sun or shade, moist soil..
angustum f. rubellum.
Lady in red fern. This gorgeous fern
grows 18-30” in shade or deep shade or even sun, with adequate
real beauty is the red stems in contrast to the lacy foliage. No pests
diseases. No deer.