Landscape Literacy

Plant of the Week: Pansy

One popular fall annual that packs a big punch of color is the Pansy. While its name suggests images of weakness, Pansies are actually quite the opposite. This hearty flower blooms from late summer to early winter, bringing color throughout the Fall, right up until harsher temperatures hit. Pansies have even been known to bloom…

Plant of the Week: Butterfly Bush

Buddleia, more commonly referred to as the Butterfly Bush, is named for its ability to attract not only butterflies, but also hummingbirds and other beneficial pollinators. This large green shrub is adorned with majestic flowers that reach 6-8" in length and bloom throughout the summer months. Flowers bloom in varying shades of pink, orange, red,…

Plant of the Week: Knockout Roses

A beautiful flowering plant that requires very little maintenance, what's not to love? This hardy Rose hybrid was bred to withstand unfavorable conditions. Knockout Roses are easy to care for, with no need to deadhead the flowers. They are also disease resistant, which adds to their appeal. Knockout Roses bloom about every 5-6 weeks throughout…

Plant of the Week: Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’

Heuchera comes in many shades, but 'Plum Pudding' provides a stark contrast to an otherwise green landscape. The shiny plum-purple leaves have silver marbling throughout its ruffled and dense foliage. Pale pink flower clusters appear in June and July. Light Needs: Partial sun Watering Needs: Moderate Average Size: 18" Why we love this plant: Heuchera provides…

Plant of the Week: Black-eyed Susan

A native plant, and Maryland's state flower, the Black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia fulgida - is a perennial favorite. Golden yellow flowers 3-4" across have a black cone center and bloom from July through September. This low maintenance plant will attract butterflies and hummingbirds and mixes well with other perennials in a cut-flower bed. Light Needs:…