Beneficial Insects! · Perennial

Veratrum nigrum

Scientific name: Veratrum nigrum Synonym: Veratrum ussuriense Family: MELANTHIACEAE Common names: “Dark flowered white hellebore” “Black false hellebore” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial Conditions: Zone: 5-8 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Sheltered from cold and wind Soil: Fertile humus rich, doesn’t like clay Moisture: Moist well drained, cannot dry out Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 4-6′ W 2-3′… Continue reading Veratrum nigrum

Beneficial Insects! · Perennial

Veronicastrum virginicum

Scientific name: Veronicastrum virginicum Family:PLANTAGINACEAE Common names: “Culver’s root” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial Conditions: Zone: 3-8 Light: Full sun best Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Moderately fertile humus rich Moisture: Moist – wet, well drained, never allow to dry out Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 4-7′ W 2-4′ Leaf and Stem shape: Whorls of narrow, dark green, pointed leaves Flower: Tall… Continue reading Veronicastrum virginicum

Beneficial Insects! · Fragrant Flowers · Herb Garden · Perennial

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

Mediterranean · Tree

Cedrus libani

Scientific name: Cedrus libani Synonym: Cedrus libani subsp. libani Family: PINACEAE Common names: “Cedar of Lebanon” Plant Type: Evergreen conifer tree Conditions: Zone: 6-7 Light: Full sun Exposure: Exposed or sheltered Soil: Average, grows best in deep acidic loam Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: 40-60′ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Tiered branches, with whorled dark green needles in… Continue reading Cedrus libani

Conifer · Shrub · Tree

Chamaecyparis pisifera

Scientific name: Chamaecyparis pisifera Family: CUPRESSACEAE Common names: “Japanese false cypress” “Sawara cypress” Plant Type: Evergreen conifer tree or shrub Conditions: Zone: 4-8 Light: Full sun best – part shade Exposure: Sheltered from strong winds Soil: Average – fertile, humus rich Moisture: Moist well drained, tolerant of some drought Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 50-70 W 10-20′… Continue reading Chamaecyparis pisifera

Attracts Hummingbirds! · Beneficial Insects! · Tree

Cercis canadensis

Scientific name: Cercis canadensis Family: FABACEAE Common names: “Eastern red bud” Plant Type: Deciduous tree Conditions: Zone: 4-8 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Average Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 20-30′ W 25-35′ Leaf and Stem shape: Heart-shaped leaves after flowers Flower: Clusters of small, pea-like, pink flowers on bare branches in… Continue reading Cercis canadensis

Beneficial Insects! · Drought Resistance · Edible · Mediterranean · Perennial

Cynara cardunculus

Scientific name: Cynara cardunculus Synonym: Cynara cardunculus Cardoon Family: ASTERACEAE Common names: “globe artichoke” “cardoon” “prickly artichoke” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial Conditions: Zone: 7-9 Light: Full sun, will not grow in shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Fertile soil with good mulch Moisture: Moist well drained, tolerant of some drought Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 3-6′ W 2-3′ Leaf and Stem shape: Clumps of… Continue reading Cynara cardunculus