Beautiful Plant Varieties to Try
These plants have gorgeous flowers, foliage, or both. Check them out for some ideas of what to plant in your garden.
Moon Carrot Plant with White Flowers
Moon carrot (Seseli gummiferum, Zones 5–9) looks a little like Queen Anne’s lace, but with the volume turned up. It is a biennial I grew from seed. Last year it was just a clump of silvery lacy foliage, and this year it exploded into this display of white umbles. Since it is a biennial I don’t expect the plant to come back next year, but I’ve heard it tends to self-sow, so hopefully I’ll have new ones.
Silvery Textures in the Garden
Silvery Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’, Zones 3–8), with silver-spotted lungwort (Pulmonaria, Zones 3–8)
When most people think of planting milkweed for monarch butterflies, they imagine common milkweed (A. syriaca) with its big, rounded leaves.
Black Scallop Ajuga
As a secondary hue on the color wheel, purple is an excellent unifier when threaded through a garden. It plays nicely with other colors. My favorite use of purple is in its darkest (nearly black or deep burgundy) forms.
Plants for Gorgeous Summer Color
We’ve decided to celebrate the dog days of summer by talking about plants that really put on a show in August. When much of the garden is looking tired and bedraggled, these plants add a colorful punch to the scene. Some unexpected perennials and shrubs dominate our lists—
Beautiful Variations of Daisies and Others
‘Becky’ Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum ‘Becky’, Zones 5–9), ‘Magnus’ purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’, Zones 4–9), Royal Rembrandt Veronica (Zones 4–9), and ‘Zagreb’ coreopsis.
Success With Orchids Indoors - FineGardening
Success With Orchids Indoors These prized plants prefer filtered light, fluctuating temperatures, and not too much water