Lindera benzoin, commonly known as spicebush, is a native multi-stemmed, understory shrub that can grow as wide as it is tall.
The evergreen shrub Pieris floribunda is native to the Southeastern United States and is related to rhododendron and mountain laurel.
What is there not to like about a pretty, serviceable and deer-resistant plant that endures hot, dry conditions?
There are over 900 species of salvias, and it is the largest genus in the mint family.
As I look at my fall garden, I am reminded of the plants that persist year after year regardless of both neglect and challenging weather conditions.
The plant will grow in relatively poor soil and once established is drought tolerant. All parts of the plant are poisonous so immune to foraging deer.
Like chrysanthemums, marigolds are such serviceable flowers, and as one becomes a seasoned gardener “serviceable” becomes a most welcome descriptor.
Many of us in the Midwest are planting even more peonies than ever. These easy-care plants do have some problems. One is buds that never develop into blooms.
Perovskia has a handsome branching habit and looks airy with small grey leaves in spring, blue flowers in summer, and white skeletal branches in fall & winter.
Although their early spring blooms are especially treasured, hellebores are stalwarts in the garden during all seasons.