The aptly named Bat Face Cuphea

23 10 2011

Bat Face Cuphea (Cuphea llavea), also known as St. Peter’s plant, Tiny Mice and Bunny Ears, is a tender tropical evergreen perennial that prefers partial to full sun and blooms from spring through fall. Bat Face Cuphea attracts hummingbirds and bees and is drought resistant and heat-tolerant. Photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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‘Miyazaki’ Spotted Toad Lily

16 10 2011

I planted two Toad Lily ‘Miyazaki’ plants (Tricyrtis hirta ‘Miyazaki’) in my garden last year and almost missed them blooming this fall. I photographed these blooms at Green Spring Gardens this morning. These unusual perennial plants originated from Japan and the blooms resemble orchids. These self-seeders bloom in late summer to early fall, prefer part sun, are drought resistant, and thrive in Zones 4-8.

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Blooming in my garden: Gaillardia

15 05 2011

Gaillardia or Blanket Flower (Gaillardia grandiflora) is a hardy and drought-resistant perennial that loves full sun. They make great cut flowers and are good for garden borders, mass plantings, raised beds and meadow gardens. This hybrid is Gaillardia ‘Goblin’, a low-growing, compact variety that reaches just 8-12″ tall and blooms early summer to fall (if you deadhead regularly, that is!).

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