Pisum sativum

Scientific name: Pisum sativum Family: FABACEAE Common names: "Peas" Plant Type: Hardy annual Conditions: Zone: 2-11 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Average - fertile garden soil Moisture: Moist well drained, consistently moist Aesthetic: Plant Size: H & W 1-6', require climbing structure Flower: Fragrant Maintenance: Medium, requires staking or climbing structure Landscape use: Veggie garden … Continue reading Pisum sativum

Buddleja davidii

Scientific name: Buddleja davidii Synonym: Buddleja variabilis Family: SCROPHULARIACEAE Common names: "Butterfly bush" "summer lilac" "orange eye" Plant Type: Deciduous shrub Conditions: Zone: 5-9 Light: Full sun best - part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Average, tolerates clay Moisture: Moist well drained, handles drought Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 6-12' W 3-6' Leaf and Stem shape: Arching shoots with lance-shaped, … Continue reading Buddleja davidii

Styrax japonicus

Scientific name: Styrax japonicus Family: STYRACACEAE Common names: "Japanese snowbell" "snowflake flower" Plant Type: Deciduous tree Conditions: Zone: 5-9 Light: Full sun - part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Acidic humus rich Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H & W 20-30' Leaf and Stem shape: Finely-pointed ovate leaves turning yellow and orange in autumn Flower: Bell-shaped, … Continue reading Styrax japonicus

Iris germanica

Scientific name: Iris germanica Synonym: Iris mesopotamica, Iris 'Florentina' blue Family: IRIDACEAE Common names: "bearded iris" "common German flag" "common iris" "orris root" Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial Conditions: Zone: 3-10 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil:Alkaline, sandy loam, doesn't like clay Moisture: Well drained, dry, needs to dry out in the summer Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 2-3' W 1-2' Leaf and … Continue reading Iris germanica

Viola odorata

Scientific name: Viola odorata Family: VIOLACEAE Common names: "Violets" "sweet violet" "English violet" "florist's violet" "garden violet" "March violet" "sweet pansy" Plant Type: Evergreen perennial Conditions: Zone: 3-6 Light: Full sun - deep shade Exposure: Sheltered or exposed Soil: Average - any Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 2-4" W ∞ infinite spread Leaf and Stem … Continue reading Viola odorata

Valeriana officinalis

Scientific name: Valeriana officinalis Family: CAPRIFOLIACEAE Common names: "Valerian" "garden heliotrope" "All heal" Plant Type:  Herbaceous perennial Conditions: Zone: 4-7 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Average - rich loam Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 3-5' W 2-4' Leaf and Stem shape: Odd pinnate toothed lance shaped leaves, aromatic when bruised Flower: Cymes of … Continue reading Valeriana officinalis

Actaea racemosa

Scientific name: Actaea racemosa Synonym: Cimicifuga racemosa, Cimicifuga racemosa var. racemosa Family: RANUNCULACEAE Common names: "Black snakeroot" "Bugbane" "Black cohosh" Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennial Conditions: Zone: 3-8 Light: Partial shade best Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Fertile organically rich Moisture: Moist well drained, tolerant of poor drainage but will not survive a drought Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 3-7' W Leaf and Stem shape: Bright green, … Continue reading Actaea racemosa

Hyacinthus orientalis

Scientific name: Hyacinthus orientalis Family: ASPARAGACEAE Common names: "Hyacinth" Plant Type: Bulb Conditions: Zone: 3-7 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Organically rich, fertile soils Moisture: Moist well drained, avoid excessive winter wet Aesthetic: Plant Size: 8-12" H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Glossy, broadly strap-shaped leaves Flower: Highly fragrant flowers with recurved petals in all … Continue reading Hyacinthus orientalis