Landscape Literacy

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:…

Plant of the Week: Nandina ‘Gulf Stream’

Nandina ‘Gulf Stream’ is one of the greatest compact shrubs for year-round foliage. It requires almost no pruning; only dead or broken limbs need to be removed. This Nandina variety can display a mixture of different leaf colors all at once, which will grow more vibrant from fall through winter. The foliage will vary from…

Plant of the Week: Mazus reptans

A fast-spreading, carpet-like groundcover, Mazus reptans is an excellent ground cover choice for landscape design. It will grow quickly in a tight, 1" carpet. Small, bright green leaves are accompanied by blue or white ('Albus') flowers in May and June. This plant is moisture-tolerant, tough, and hardy. Light Needs: Full sun to partial shade Watering…

Plant of the Week: Echinacea ‘PowWow Wild Berry’

One of the more compact varieties of Echinacea, 'PowWow Wild Berry' is not just another purple coneflower. Exceptional blooms adorn this plant from late spring to late summer. The flowers are 3-4" with deep rose-purple ray petals that surround the rose-tinted dark orange cone. This variety retains color longer than its cousins. Light Needs: Full…