Let’s get some sage advice from Duncan Crosbie’s book Tips From the Old Gardeners…
Charles Darwin identified the Pinguicula genus in the 1870s.
Prunella is a member of the mint family, so that tells us immediately that it is a vigorous, spreading plant.
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.
About 2,500 years ago, the Greek poet Sappho called the rose the “queen of flowers.”
The botanical name Digitalis is from the Latin for finger, and “folk” refers to fairies, hence the common name of folks' gloves or fairies' gloves.
Achillea is the botanical name for yarrow and was named after Homer’s hero of the Trojan wars--Achilles.
Witch hazel bark has traditionally been used by steeping it in water to make an astringent, which Native Americans used to treat a variety of ills.
Most of the larkspurs we grow in our gardens are annuals, but they readily self seed so they can become almost permanent residents of our gardens.
The native perennial fireweed produces spikes of magenta flowers July through September.