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Convallaria majalis

Scientific name: Convallaria majalis Family: ASPARGACEAE Common names: “Lily of the valley” “May lily” “Our Lady’s tears” “May bells” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial Conditions: Zone: 3-8 Light: Part – full shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Fertile loamy clay Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 6-8″ W 8-12″ – groundcover Leaf and Stem shape: Wide linear… Continue reading Convallaria majalis

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Muscari armeniacum

Scientific name: Muscari armeniacum Synonym: Muscari colchicum, Muscari cyaneo-violaceum, Muscari polyanthum, Muscari steupii, Muscari svovitzianum, Muscari szovitsianum Family: ASPARAGACEAE Common names: “Armenian grape hyacinth” “blue bells” Plant Type: Bulb Conditions: Zone: 4-8 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Exposed or Sheltered Soil: Average, handles clay Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 6-9″ W 3-6″ Leaf and Stem shape: Narrow, arching… Continue reading Muscari armeniacum