Tag: Flowers


      I went to my favorite nursery to buy plants on probably the worst possible day this spring – the Friday night before Mother’s Day.  Nevertheless, I found everything I wanted surprisingly quickly and made my way to the checkout.  The place is a little old-school and doesn’t have a scanner or a screen displaying [Continue]

Bee Balm Finds a Home in any Mid-Summer Landscape

Bee balm is a pretty perennial lavender-colored flower native to Wisconsin prairies.  It goes by a few other names including monarda, wild bergamot and Oswego tea.  The Latin name is Monarda fistulosa.  Another native bee balm, Monarda didyma boasts bright scarlet flowers. Lavender bee balm flowers are about three inches across while the scarlet ones [Continue]

What is an AAS Winner?

        Have you noticed a little blue and red “AAS Winner” logo on some of the flower and vegetable photos in mail order nursery catalogs?  Have you wondered what that means and how a particular plant earns that designation?         AAS stands for All-American Selection.  The AAS designation is like the Good Housekeeping Seal of [Continue]

Allium ‘Milenium’ Selected Perennial Plant of the Year

The Perennial Plant Association has named Allium ‘Milenium’ its 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year.         Like most alliums, ‘Milenium’ grows upright on a stiff stem topped by a perfectly round sphere of tiny flowers called umbels.  ‘Milenium’s’ are rose-purple and last for up to four weeks, much longer than many perennial plant flowers.  Better [Continue]