I would not be without Verbena bonariensis in my garden. It’s an annual, but it attracts birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds...and bees.
The genus name honors Pierre Magnol, French botanist (1638-1715).
African violets are native to eastern Africa and were collected in the wild during the late 19th century by Baron von Saint-Paul.
“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
Callicarpa americana makes a good hedge on the outskirts of a garden, as well as excellent ornamental focal points in borders.
If you yearn for more fragrance in your garden, here are some suggestions for ornamental sweetshrubs that you could plant this fall.
Some of their names are almost as lovely as the flowers themselves!
In my zone 5 garden, Corydalis has self-sown in a rock wall and down cracks in the side of a set of cement stairs...
Many gardens don’t have room for such big plants! But in those that do, Joe Pye weed is sure to please both humans...and butterflies.
Their flowers have two lips, a bit like snapdragon blooms, and there are approximately 250 species in the genus.