The malva plant is a mainstay in my cutting garden. There are both pink and white flowering malvas, and the blooms look like miniature hollyhocks.
There are old-fashioned spiraeas with lacy white flowers such as ‘Bridal Wreath’ that are quite large, as well as many new dwarf cultivars on the market.
In the Midwest, May is the month when our bearded iris bloom, and they are often combined in beds with the multi-petaled peony, another May-flowering perennial.
Most of us prefer tulips in a vase when they are closed or just partly open, rather than splayed outwards, wide open, just before the petals fall.
This is NOT about co-existence, it is about gardens that are completely over run by animals that create serious health and traffic hazards.
Learn about the classic Spiraea 'Bridal Wreath' on this Focus on Flowers.
Deer will eat any plant if they are hungry enough. However, like us, they find some foods more appetizing than others.
Abelias are not only beautiful but practical. They are great as shrub borders and foundation plantings and are even deer resistant. Learn more...
Catnip, also known as Catmint, is aptly named. Cats love it, and it is a member of the mint family. This plant's botanical name is Nepeta.
A flemish botanist took the bulbs to the Netherlands and they became a status symbol in the gardens of wealthy Dutch families.