Vancouveria hexandra

Scientific name: Vancouveria hexandra Family: BERBERIDACEAE Common names: "Inside-out flower" "American barrenwort" Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial Conditions: Zone: 5-7 Light: Part shade - Full shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Organically rich acidic soil Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: 1-1.5' H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Basal leaves, each leaf with 3-lobed, heart-shaped leaflets Flower: Drooping … Continue reading Vancouveria hexandra

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

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

Melissa officinalis

Scientific name: Melissa officinalis Family: LAMIACEAE Common names: "Lemon balm" "balm leaf" "balm oil plant" "barm leaf" "bee balm" "dropsywort" "honey plant" "pimentary" "sweet balm" "sweet Mary" "tea balm" Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial Conditions: Zone: 3-8 Light: Full sun - part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Average, tolerates clay Moisture: Well drained, dry - medium, enjoys some … Continue reading Melissa officinalis

Origanum vulgare

Scientific name: Origanum vulgare Family: LAMIACEAE Common names: "Oregano" "pot marjoram" "English marjoram" "grove marjoram" "wintersweet" Plant Type: Woody based deciduous perennial Conditions: Zone: 4-10 Light: Full sun best - part shade Exposure: Sheltered, hot location Soil: Rich sandy loam, no clay Moisture: Well drained - dry, some drought tolerance Aesthetic: Plant Size: 1-2' H & … Continue reading Origanum vulgare

Thymus vulgaris

Scientific name: Thymus vulgaris Family: LAMIACEAE Common names: "Thyme" "English thyme" "common thyme" "wild thyme" Plant Type: Semi-evergreen subshrub or perennial Conditions: Zone: 5-9 Light: Full sun only Exposure: Sheltered, may require some winter protection Soil: Sandy-gravely soil, no clay Moisture: Well drained - dry, drought tolerant but enjoys some watering Aesthetic: Plant Size: 6-12" H & … Continue reading Thymus vulgaris

Soleirolia soleirolii

Scientific name: Soleirolia soleirolii Synonym: Helxine soleirolii , Soleirolia green Family: URTICACEAE Common names: "Baby's tears" "mind-your-own-business" "mother of thousands" "angel's tears" "bits and pieces" "bread and cheese" "Corsican creeper" "Corsican curse" "friendship plant" "helxine" "Irish moss" "Paddy's wig" "Pollyanna vine" Plant Type: Evergreen perennial groundcover, invasive Conditions: Zone: 9-11 Light: Semi shade best but handles a wide range, … Continue reading Soleirolia soleirolii

Vaccinium macrocarpon

Scientific name: Vaccinium macrocarpon Family: ERICACEAE Common names: "Cranberry" Plant Type: Evergreen shrub Conditions: Zone: 2-7 Light: Full sun best - light shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Acidic peaty soils Moisture: Moist - average Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 6-12" W 18-24" Leaf and Stem shape:  Carpets of green foliage, small rounded leaves Flower: Pink nodding flowers followed by red edible … Continue reading Vaccinium macrocarpon

Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Scientific name: Vaccinium vitis-idaea Family: ERICACEAE Common names: "Lingonberry" "cowberry" "northern mountain cranberry" Plant Type: Evergreen shrub Conditions: Zone: 3-8 Light: Full sun - semi-shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Acidic humus rich sandy loam Moisture: Moist well drained - dry Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 6-12" W 2-3' Leaf and Stem shape: Small leathery, narrowly elliptic to ovate leaves … Continue reading Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Gaultheria shallon

Scientific name: Gaultheria shallon Family: ERICACEAE Common names: "Salal" "shallon" Plant Type: Evergreen sub-shrub, groundcover Conditions: Zone: 5-9 Light: Part sun - deep shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Acidic humus rich Moisture: Moist well drained, size indicates moisture, can tolerate some dryness Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 3-6' W 2-3' Leaf and Stem shape: Heart-shaped or ovate leaves borne on … Continue reading Gaultheria shallon