Tag: Perennials

Jerusalem Artichokes Provide Beauty and Food

      You’ve probably seen Jerusalem artichokes growing in roadside ditches or along trails and not known that there was a delicious edible vegetable growing below ground.  These 6’-9’ tall plants are in the sunflower family and produce bright yellow late summer flowers about 4” in diameter.  The leaves have a rough, hairy texture and range [Continue]

Stachys ‘Hummelo’ voted Perennial Plant of the Year

        The Perennial Plant Association has named Stachys ‘Hummelo’ as its choice for 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year.          ‘Hummelo’ is a colorful compact plant for a sunny perennial border, a specimen plant in a rock garden or massed as a ground cover.  Striking midsummer spikes of rose-lavender flowers rise above a basal rosette [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]