Hostas - Plantain Lily

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Hostas, commonly known as the plantain lily, own so many distinctive characteristics that it's difficult to pinpoint which of them has pushed it ahead of the day lily (Hemerocallis) as the most sought after herbaceous perennial for the home garden in the US.

A low maintenance plant, shade tolerant, and hardy in zones three through nine, there are currently over 2500 species of hostas available. Native to the Orient, hostas were first imported to Europe in the late 1700's and made their way across the Atlantic in mid 19th century.

One interesting fact about hostas is that they don't reach full maturity until between their fourth and eighth year. Moreover, with each season hostas clumps become larger and wider, colors become more intense and leaf patterns acquire wider variegations, dimples, and other traits like seer suckering.

Grown primarily for foliage, hostas leaves may be either solid in color or variegated and are enough to add a rainbow to any garden with colors that include white, ivory, gold, green and even blue. Moreover, a single cultivar may exhibit striking differences in its foliage, depending on the amount of sun it receives.

In addition, hostas bloom in summer with lavender to white lily-like flowers on tall spikes. Those hybridized from Hosta plantaginea not only carry 6-inch long white flowers but add a delicate fragrance to your flower garden as well.

However, as could be expected with a genus so rich in cultivars, hostas come in all kinds of sizes. The miniature " Baby Bunting " reaches only a few inches in diameter at maturity while some cultivars may span eight feet across.

Although widely available at nurseries and garden centers, most often hostas are propagated by lifting and dividing mature plants in late summer.

Hostas grow best in a location that receives morning sun and afternoon shade. Soil should be slightly acidic but rich in nutrients and organic matter. Plant hostas at least a foot deep. Because the shallow root clump spread horizontally and equal the diameter of the foliage, planting holes should be about 1 ½ the size you expect from the mature clump.

Hostas like water. Keep new plantings well watered for the first two weeks. After that, your hostas will benefit from a deep (1-inch minimum) weekly watering, which aids in healthy root development. Symptoms of inadequate moisture are leaf tip burning and drooping.

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Karma Lies 09.11.2008. 01:17

I Am A Newbie At Gardening And I Need Some Help? I have a client whose yard is pretty much bare except for a few little ground covers here and there. The soil is pretty hard and a little dry. It's on a slope, which is right in front of a little swamp. This garden is in Lake Oswego Oregon and I was wondering if hosta and plantain lilies would be good to grow in her garden?

Karma Lies

Admin 09.11.2008. 01:17

Hostas are the same thing as plantain lilies. Most varieties prefer at least partial shade, although certain ones will be fine with morning sun. They also mostly prefer a consistently moist soil, although once established, they are fairly hardy. The big factor is sun exposure. If they are not in a fairly shaded area, the combination of direct sun and hard, dry ground will do them in.

Hostas are also a favorite meal for snails and slugs. There are several iron phosphate-based baits that are non-toxic to pets and wildlife but fatal to slugs and snails.

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Yee 25.12.2012. 17:23

Why my hosta never grow in 6 months? In June I purchased a hosta from IL Hosta Society during their show & sale event in Chicago Botanic Garden. It is labeled "cloud burst". It has 2 plants with 3 leaves each. I transfered them to a 6" pot with all purpose potting soil. I keep it indoor. I water them once in 1-2 days. They look healthy. However it has been 6 months now and they never grow any new leaf. Are they not supposed to have more than 3 leaves per plant? Recently 2 of the leaves started to have yellow spots starting from the edge and one leave withered.

Yee

Admin 25.12.2012. 17:23

Your plant is most probably a cultivar of Hosta plantaginea, also known as H. subcordata, "Fragrant plantain lily."

These plaintain-lilies (not daylily which are hemerocallis) do best in partial shade and in moist sites. They are quite easy to maintain, so the yellowing and leaf drop is probably caused by too high of a pH. Purchase and slowly add some "cymbidium orchid mix" or equivalent (which is mostly sand and acidic compounds) to your existing soil and water it in. Too much water and too little light with this plant should not be the cause. Alternatively feed with an acidic-based fertilizer. NOTE: foliage goes dormant in winter!

Named after Nicolaus T. Host, Austrian botanist.

10 known species, all from China & Japan. Sometimes under the genus Funkia and Niobe.

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kimksmith1009 07.04.2008. 20:48

What is good ground cover to use in large areas with lots of sun? The hill in our back yard is very long, wide and steep that will not grow grass. Eventually we will terrace the hill but until we have the money I want to have something besides mud.

kimksmith1009

Admin 07.04.2008. 20:48

Recommended Ground Covers

Creeping Juniper Juniperus horizontalis
Creeping juniper is an excellent, woody, evergreen ground cover that grows 1 to 2 feet tall, depending on the variety. It is a vigorous grower capable of covering a large area. The leaves are needle shaped and green or blue-green in color. The foliage frequently turns a purple or slate color in the winter.

Creeping juniper withstands hot, dry situations and prefers full sun. It is an excellent plant for slopes and banks. The plants may be improved by clipping the ends of main branches for two or three seasons after planting to induce a dense branching system. Space plants 2 to 4 feet apart.

Varieties most commonly planted for ground covers include: Andorra (J. horizontalis 'Plumosa'), Bar Harbor (J. horizontalis 'Bar Harbor') and Blue Rug, (J. horizontalis 'Wiltonii').

Andorra is a flat-topped variety with a compact growth habit, reaching a height of approximately 18 inches. The foliage is a light grey-green, becoming a purplish plum color in the winter. Bar Harbor is a low, vigorous-growing plant, usually no more than 8 inches tall. The foliage is grey-green in summer, turning a slate color in winter. Blue Rug or Wilton Carpet grows flat on the ground. The foliage is an outstanding blue color that is retained all winter.

An additional juniper species that is an excellent ground cover is Shore juniper (J. conferta), with the blue-green cultivar, 'Blue Pacific', and the green cultivar, 'Emerald Sea'. Winter temperatures below -10F may cause damage in colder portions of Virginia.


Moss Pink Phlox subulata
Moss pink or creeping phlox is commonly used as a rock garden plant, but it also forms an effective ground cover on poor, bare soils where there is little competition. It forms a dense mat of moss-like foliage, which is covered in spring with masses of flowers in pink, purple, or white. In rocky areas, it will persist in the existing soil and drape itself over the stones. It is a plant for full sun and relatively dry soils. As plants age, they tend to develop dead spots. Periodic division to fill such spots may be necessary. In mild climates, the plants are evergreen, but where winters are cold and plants are exposed, browning may occur.


Baltic English Ivy Hedera helix 'Baltica'
A hardy selection recommended for areas with severe winter conditions.


Hosta, Plantain Lily Hosta spp
For partially shaded areas, hostas make effective ground covers. They appear most often in perennial borders as accent plants or edgings, but their large leaves provide a lush covering for the soil.

Hosta species vary in size and foliage color. Some have deep-green, yellow-green, blue-green, or grey-green foliage, while others are edged or variegated with white or cream. Hostas may also produce lily-shaped flowers in white or lavender. Flower stems may be 6 to 24 inches tall, and plant forms range from dwarf (3 to 4 inches) to tall (2 feet).

As a ground cover, hostas are best where the soil remains slightly moist. Excessively dry soil may cause the foliage to burn around the margins or partially die back. In full sun, leaf color is pale and leaf dieback may be more severe, especially during dry periods. In winter, the foliage of hostas dies back, leaving the ground exposed. However, new foliage develops quickly in spring and lasts well into the fall.


Pachysandra, Japanese Spurge Pachysandra terminalis
Pachysandra is a popular ground cover suitable for shaded landscape situations. This evergreen plant spreads by underground stems and attains a height of 1 foot. The foliage is tinged purple in spring, becoming bright green in summer and yellow-green in winter or when planted in sunny locations.

Occasionally, clusters of tiny, off-white blossoms appear above the leaves in early May, but they have little ornamental value. The plant is adapted to full or partial shade. When planted in full sun, growth is poor. It is one of the few plants that will grow under evergreens and in dense shade. The evergreen leaves commonly "burn" and turn brown in exposed places during the winter.

Established plants are usually planted 1 foot apart in the spring. Clipping the tips of vigorous growing shoots in the spring will induce the plant to become denser. The plants should not be cut all the way to the ground. Place pachysandra in a moist, highly organic, well-drained soil for best establishment. A planting of this ground cover is usually a uniform height throughout.


Yucca Yucca filamentosa
Yucca is a rugged plant able to take almost any situation. The plant is normally around 2 to 3 feet tall with all the leaves arising from a central point at ground level in a rosette fashion. The leaves are long, pointed, and rigid. In summer, the plant produces a flower stalk about 4 to 6 feet high with a large head of pendulous, creamy-white flowers. Yucca is used as an accent plant and is frequently used in modern ground plantings. The plant is suited best to hot, dry situations.


Liriope, Lilyturf Liriope muscari, L. spicata
The liriopes or lilyturfs are very versatile grass-like ground covers that adapt to a wide range of conditions, including drought and salt spray. Most cultivars do well in heavy shade or full sun, although some cultivars, especially the variegated ones, are better used in shade. Liriopes are used as ground covers under trees and shrubs, on slopes and banks, and even as low edging plants along paved areas and in front of foundation plantings.

The two species are separated by the size of their leaves. L. muscari has a longer and wider leaf, and the clumps it forms are generally taller (up to 2 feet). The spikes of lilac-purple flowers formed on it in the summer generally only stand as tall as the leaves, while the spikes of lilac to almost white flowers on L. spicata generally stand up above the smaller clumps of leaves. Blue-black berries are formed on both after the flowers and are somewhat ornamental.

Liriopes spread readily, filling in areas quite quickly. There are many named cultivars of L. muscari, with several white and yellow variegations and several inflorescence variations.

A related genus, Ophiopogon, generally called mondo grass, is less hardy (only into Tidewater and central Virginia) and bears its flowers buried well down into the foliage.


Sedum Stonecrop, Sedum spp
Over 300 species and 500 cultivars of sedums exist; ranging from tiny mats only a few inches high to plants 2 feet tall. They are used as mass ground covers, in rock gardens, on slopes, between stepping stones, and even in containers.

Most sedums are spreading or creeping plants that will root from broken branches or fallen leaves. Related to the cacti, their thick, waxy, generally evergreen leaves mean that they do not require large amounts of water. Most sedums are very drought tolerant and will rot if kept too moist or if air circulation is poor.

Generally, all sedums will be hardy throughout Virginia. They are best used in full sun where they produce flowers ranging from tiny, yellow-green stars to large masses of small, pink to wine-colored flowers. Foliage color will also vary, from various shades of green to blues and bronzes.


Ornamental grasses (numerous genera, species, and cultivars)
The group of ground covers increasing most rapidly in popularity at present is the ornamental grasses. With heights ranging from under 1 foot (blue fescue) to over 10 feet (fountain and maiden grasses), the ornamental grasses will generally have a member that can fit any landscape situation.

Often used strictly as ground covers and for erosion control on slopes, ornamental grasses also make outstanding specimen plants when used as individual plants in the landscape. In addition to a wide range of heights and spreads, there is tremendous variation in leaf size and color. Leaf colors range from pale greens to bright blues and blood reds, with many types of both vertical and horizontal stripe patterns.

Most of the ornamental grasses require full sun and will produce a wide variety of flowers, ranging from small, bottlebrush arrangements to large, showy plumes. Flower colors range from pale yellows and pinks to deep maroons. Many of the flower spikes persist well into the winter giving added landscape interest, though the leaf clumps will generally die to the ground and regrow each spring.

Additional ground covers to consider include bearberry, hypericum, candytuft, goutweed, santolina, ferns, many plants often classified as perennials (such as daylilies), and woody shrubs (dwarf yaupon holly, cotoneasters, etc.).




Common Invasive Ground Covers
Beware of the "vigorous" ground cover. Sometimes, this term is applied to a plant that can be extremely aggressive in its growth habit even to the point of being considered invasive. Invasive plants exhibit rapid growth and maturity, are highly successful at self-propagating, and have the ability to compete and crowd out other plants. All this leads to a high cost for you in removing or containing such a plant. Ranking in parenthesis indicates the invasiveness level in natural areas and native plant habitats attributed to the ground cover by the Virginia Native Plant Society and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.


Ajuga, Carpet Bugleweed Ajuga reptans
Ajuga is a good ground cover, forming a dense carpet of foliage over the soil. This semi-evergreen plant grows rapidly by producing mats of foliage in rosettes. As runners develop from the mother plants, take root, and produce new plants, it can become invasive. (Low)

The foliage grows about 4 inches high with upright clusters of blue flowers reaching 6 to 8 inches. The plant flowers in early May to mid-June. Ajuga will flourish in almost any soil with good drainage. It gr

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Charvet J 27.06.2008. 22:11

What are some good shade container plants to grow in Northern California? Array

Charvet J

Admin 27.06.2008. 22:11

I'm in N. Cal. too and here are some ideas for you:

Abutilon - flowering maple
Aconitum - monk's hood
Ajuga -carpet bugle
Anemone
Astilbe - false spirea
Begonia
Bergenia
Campanula - bell flower
Catharanthus
Coleus - look for shade ones as a lot of the new ones are for sun
Dicentra - bleeding heart
Digitalis - foxglove
ferns
Fuchsia
Glechoma hederacea 'Variegata' - ground ivy
Hedera - ivy
Helleborus - lenten rose
Heuchera - coral bells
x Heucherella (Heuchera x Tiarella) - foamy bells
Hosta - plantain lily
Hydrangea
Impatiens
Lamium - dead nettle
Lamiastrum - yellow archangel
Liriope
Lobelia
Pansy
Phormium - flax lily - look for variegated ones
Polemonium - Jacob's ladder
Primula - primrose
Pulmonaria - lung wort
Tiarella - foam flower
Torenia - wishbone flower
Trollius - globe flower
Viola
some ornamental grasses

Hope this helps you some. When planting in containers, it's nice to have a mix of colors and textures. Also vary the bloom season and add variegated plants so that there is always something of interest.

Are you planting mixed containers or one pot per plant? Mixed containers need a little more care because you have to be sure they are all happy. Match like plants together - don't put drought tolerant plants with ones that like moisture. Be sure to fertilize once a year too and add soil if they pot is low.

Have fun!

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Kaustaub 09.11.2007. 17:44

What perennial can I plant on a shady porch in Phoenix AZ? I'm looking for a perennial that will thrive in the shade of my porch here in Phoenix Az.
It won't get frosted and even is shaded by a deciduios tree in the hot summer months.
I'd like something that might fruit or flower under these condistions.
Any suggestions?

Kaustaub

Admin 09.11.2007. 17:44

I'll try and help:

Abutilon (flowering maple)-flowering shrub, bell-shaped flowers
Choisya (Mexican orange blossom)-flowers and fragrant shrub
Daphne-flowering shrub, fragrant blooms followed by dark berries
Fuchsia triphylla Gartenmeister or Firecracker-hardy to zone 9 with large tubular flowers, Firecracker has variegated foliage
Viburnum (snowball bush)-flowering shrub
Heuchera (coral bells)-perennial, many foliage colors available and has pink or white flowers on a stalk
Tiarella (foam flower)-perennial, many foliage colors as well and has white or pink flowers on a stalk
x Heucherella-combo of the two, varying foliage and flowers
Bergenia cordifolia (heartleaf bergenia)-perennial with waxy flowers and tall flower stalks
Alstroemeria (peruvian lily)-perennial, nice flowers that are good for cutting, many color choices available (heavily used in the cut flower trade)
Hosta (plantain lily)-perennial, color options are endless! Has tall flower stalks with bell-shaped flowers
Pulmonaria (lung wort)-perennial, lance shaped leaves with flowers on stalks-foliage is green with silver markings
Pelargonium peltatum (ivy geranium)-a standard but sure is pretty!
Geranium (cranesbill)-true geraniums, many flower colors to choose from-one of my favorite group of plants! Try Rozanne or Jolly Bee and you won't be disappointed!
Viola/Pansy-perennial/annual, good fillers
Hedera (ivy)-perennial, great for pots and a good selection of foliage options

Then there is the whole world of annual color that I didn't even touch! You can use those to mix in and create pretty colorful pots year round by changing them out with the season!

I hope this helps some. Good luck!

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????? X ? 10.05.2012. 12:21

What are some plants that would thrive in damp heavy soil and low to medium sun? My new yard is mud. Ug. Mud and left over kudzu. Im hoping the landlady didnt herbicide everything because I want a little garden. Are there any easy to care for plants-even groundcover-that can take the damp soil (even sodden) and low sun? I know bamboo can. Ornamental grasses? Euergreens? Annuals? Ideas? I mean-it really is mud... :( But I enjoy a challenge! :)

????? X ?

Admin 10.05.2012. 12:21

Hey Madam X. Ken here with The Home Depot in the Chicago area.
I don?t know where you live but here are a few plants that will work for your criteria.

Caltha palustris ? Marsh marigold
Cyperus ? Sedges
Primula japonica ? Primrose
Filipendula ? Meadowsweet
Hosta ? Plantain lily
Mimulus cardinalis ? Scarlet monkey flower
Trasdescantia virginiana ? Spiderwort
Woodwardia fimbriata ? Giant chain fern

I hope this helps. Good luck and take care.

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Ohman 27.05.2008. 14:45

Need suggestions on container's flowers do not require sun? It's for my front door porch. No direct sun at all.

Ohman

Admin 27.05.2008. 14:45

Here are a few suggestions:

Coleus-has lots of different foliage colors
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0oGkyGjRzxIuV8B6wdXNyoA?ei=UTF-8&p=coleus&fr2=tab-web&fr=yfp-t-375

Fuchsia-lots of choices
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0S0206mRzxIgyoAxy2JzbkF?p=fuchsia&fr=yfp-t-375&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Ferns

Vinca minor (periwinkle)-to allow to trail
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0S020m2RzxIFjYAaVOJzbkF?p=vinca+minor&fr=yfp-t-375&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' (creeping Jenny, moneywort)-to trail with gold leaves
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0S0207GRzxIgDMAvgWJzbkF?p=lysimachia+aurea&fr=yfp-t-375&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Bacopa/Sutera-to trail, available with white, pink, lavender or blue flowers
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0S020nVRzxI2UMAheCJzbkF?p=bacopa&fr=yfp-t-375&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Lobelia-provides an abundance of flowers
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0S020nnRzxI00YAUB.JzbkF?p=lobelia&fr=yfp-t-375&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Impatiens-lots to choose from
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0S02032RzxI1UQBFveJzbkF?p=impatiens&fr=yfp-t-375&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Heuchera (coral bells)-lots of foliage colors to choose from
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0oGkik9SDxIjIQAybdXNyoA?ei=UTF-8&p=heuchera&fr2=tab-web&fr=yfp-t-375

Lamium maculatum (dead nettle)-to allow to trail
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0S020o_SDxI1cMAlXyJzbkF?p=lamium&fr=yfp-t-375&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Torenia (wishbone flower)-pretty
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0S020tkSDxI5UoAKoSJzbkF?p=torenia&fr=yfp-t-375&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Begonia-lots of choices
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0S0202USDxIW0wBa2mJzbkF?p=begonia&fr=yfp-t-375&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Hedera (ivy)-good for filler

Hosta (plantain lily)-good foliage options
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0S020u1SDxI_FMAjaSJzbkF?p=hosta&fr=yfp-t-375&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Best of luck! :)

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Ken C 15.08.2006. 21:52

Where can I find a good guide to what flowers are in bloom each month? Looking for a guide that will tell me what perennials bloom in April, May, June, etc.

Ken C

Admin 15.08.2006. 21:52

I gotcher guide right here! You must have missed yesterday's question....

This is a handout I used in my business. If you are south of Zone 4, you'll have more choices.


BLOOM SEQUENCE FOR PERENNIALS IN MAINE GARDENS

SPRING (APRIL-MAY)
Dutch bulbs
Ajuga reptans (Bugleweed)
Aurinia saxatile (Basket of gold) (also called Alyssum saxatile)
Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding heart)
Doronicum magnificum (Leopard?s bane)
Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)
Phlox subulata (Creeping phlox)
Primula x polyantha (Primrose)
EARLY SUMMER (JUNE)
Anthemis tinctorius kelwayii (Kelway daisy)
Aquilegia hybrids (Columbine)
Centauria montana (perennial bachelor?s button)
Delphinium
Dianthus species (Pinks)
Dictamnus alba (Gas plant)
Geranium sanguinium (Cranesbill geranium, bloody cranesbill)
Hesperis matronalis (Dame?s Rocket)
Iris x Germanica (Bearded iris)
Iris sibirica (Siberian iris)
Lupinus polyphyllus (Lupine)
Malva (White mallow, rose mallow, high mallow)
Paeonia lactiflora (Peony)
Papaver orientale (Oriental poppy)
Polygonum bistortum (Bistort)
Saponaria ocymoides (Soapwort)
Salvia supurbum (Salvia)

MIDSUMMER (JULY TO MID-AUGUST)
Aruncus sylvestris (Goatsbeard)
Astilbe arendsii (Astilbe)
Campanula rotundifolia (Blue bells of Scotland)
Chrysanthemum maximum ?Alaska?, ?Agleya?? (Shasta daisy)
Campanula glomerata suburba (Clustered bellflower)
Coreopsis grandiflora (Tickseed)
Coreopsis verticillata (Threadleaf coreopsis)
Digitalis (Foxglove)
Gaillardia grandiflora (Blanket flower)
Galium verum (Lady?s bedstraw)
Gypsophila paniculata (Baby?s breath)
Helianthus (False sunflower)
Hemerocallis ssp. & hybrids (Daylily)
Liatris spicata (Gayfeather)
Lilium hybrids (Asiatic lily)
Lychnis chalcedonica (Maltese cross)
Lythrum ?Morden?s Pink? (Loosestrife)
Monarda didyma (Bee balm)
Trollius ledebouri (Double buttercup)
Sedum ellacombianum, spurium)

LATE SUMMER (MID-AUGUST TO SEPTEMBER)
Aconitum (Monkshood)
Agastache foeniculum (Anise hyssop)
Aster (New England, New Belgium, alpine, dwarf asters)
Astilbe Taquetti hybrids
Boltonia asteroides (Boltonia)
Cimicifuga ramosa atropurpurea
Dahlia, dinnerplate
Echinacea purpurea (Purple coneflower)
Helenemium autumnale (Helen?s Flower)
Helianthus (False sunflower)
Kirengeshoma palmata (Yellow bellflower)
Lilium hybrids (Oriental lily)
Phlox paniculata (Garden phlox)
Physostegia virginiana (Obedient plant)
Polygonum aubertii (Silver lace vine)
Rudbeckia fulgida, R. hirta (Black-eyed susan, gloriosa daisy)
Sedum ssp., especially Sedum spectabile ?Autumn Joy?& Sedum sieboldii (Stonecrop)
Solidago canadensis (Goldenrod)

ONGOING (LONG-BLOOMING, OR FOLIAGE OF INTEREST ALL SUMMER)
Ajuga reptans (Bugleweed, esp. ?Burgundy Glow?)
Artemesias (Silver King, Silver Queen, Silver Mound, Silverado)
Delphinium ?Tom Pouce,? ?Blue Elf?
Dicentra luxuriant (Everblooming bleeding heart)
Edelweiss
Euphorbia polychroma (Cushion spurge)
Helictotrichon sempervivens (Blue oat grass)
Hosta (Plantain lily)
Lamium (Dead nettle)
Lysimachia nummularia (Creeping Jenny)
Nepeta mussini (Catmint)
Phalaris arundinacea picta (Ribbon grass)
Sempervivum (Hens & chicks)
Stachys byzantina (Lamb?s ear)
Thymus species (Thyme)

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muqtada 09.08.2007. 02:10

What flora do you recomend for a small 10 by 10 garden? Thanks a lot for giving my question a look. It means a lot to me.
I appreciate you taking the time to answer this question.

muqtada

Admin 09.08.2007. 02:10

Here are some ideas
You can create a garden of blues & purples like this Monet garden:
http://monet.xaper.com/Garden_at_Giverny.html

Sometimes you can use just a few plants with stones or a fountain as a focal point.
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=ush-ans&va=landscaping+ideas&sz=

Easy-care perennial rock garden:
http://www.bbg.org/gar2/topics/design/2006sp_rockgarden.html
Aurinia saxatilis 'Citrina' (basket of gold)
Cerastium tomentosum (snow in summer)
Dianthus gratianopolitanus (cheddar pink)
Phlox subulata (moss phlox)
Sagina subulata (Irish moss)
Sedum telephium ssp. ruprechtii 'Hab Gray' (stonecrop)
Sempervivum tectorum (hens and chicks)
Sisyrinchium angustifolium
Yucca filamentosa (Adam's needle)
Zauschneria californica (California fuchsia)

A fragrant garden:
http://www.bbg.org/gar2/topics/design/2002su_fragrance.html
Abelia x grandiflora 'Compacta' (Abelia)
Cytisus x dallimorei 'Lena' (Broom)
Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Feuerhexe' (Clove pink)
Dianthus 'Tiny Rubies' (Clove pink)
Hosta plantaginea 'Aphrodite' (Plantain lily)
Lantana camara 'Miss Huff' (Hardy lantana)
Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' (Lavender)
Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina' (European honeysuckle)
Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen' (Oregano)
Rosa 'Aloha' (Climbing rose)
Salvia officinalis (Sage)
Thymus vulgaris 'Argenteus' (Silver thyme)
Valeriana officinalis (Garden heliotrope)

Private gardens:
http://www.carolynbates.com/gardens/private/priv_gardens.htm

Front Yard Landscaping Ideas:
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?p=front+yard+landscaping&rs=3&fr2=xpl&_adv_prop=image&ei=UTF-8&fr=ush-ans&vf=

Backyard Landscaping:
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Landscape Designs: (Click on each picture for more detail & info)Here are some formal designs:
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Good luck! Hope this helps.

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Becki Lee 05.09.2009. 17:07

Different types names of Lilies lily flower? I would like to know how many types of lilies there are and the names of them all and pics if poss?

Thanks.

P.S - They have to be white lilies.

Becki Lee

Admin 05.09.2009. 17:07

There really are a lot of plants with the name "lily", here are some:

common name - botanical name
African Lily - Agapanthus
Arum Lily - Zantedeschia aethiopica
Cuban Lily - Scilla peruviana
Blackberry Lily - Belamcanda chinensis
Blue Water Lily - Nymphaea capensis
Day Lily - Hemerocallis
Foxtail Lily - Eremurus
Ginger Lily - Hedychium
Glory Lily - Gloriosa rothschildiana
Guernsey Lily - Nerine bvowdenii
Kaffir Lily - Schizostylis coccinea
Lily, Asiatic - Lilium (probably what you are looking for)
Lily of the Nile - Agapanthus
Lilyturf - Liriope muscari
Paradise Lily - Paradisea lusitanica
Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria
Pineapple Lily - Eucomis
Plantain Lily - Hosta
Scarborough Lily - Cyrtanthus elatus
St. Bernard's Lily - Anthericum liliago
Sting Lily - Blumenbachia hieronymi
Turk's Cap Lily - Lilium martagon

The most common are oriental and asiatic lilies. Here are some links to bulb catalogues that you can browse:
http://www.dutchbulbs.com/store/lilies
http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/lilium.html
http://www.lilybulb.com/

Hope this helps you! Good luck.

Admin

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