Tag Archives: What’s In Bloom

Monarchs Nectaring on Pineapple Sage

I was pleasantly surprised to look out the window during my lunch break today and see two monarch butterflies nectaring on my pineapple sage. Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) is one of those plants I like to include in my herb garden for both aesthetic and culinary reasons; the leaves make a yummy addition to iced Read More →

Native Plants Provide Fall Color & Feed Wildlife

Want to add some color to a small urban garden while helping out our native wildlife?  Try planting some native perennials. Below are a few of my favorites.   Bees need food throughout the growing season, and there are many native plants that can provide a late-season meal for pollinators. In this photo a bumblebee is Read More →

Native Plants for Fall Color — Even in November

Need Plants for Fall Color? Think Native and In November You’ll Enjoy the Show As the last of the leaves fall from the trees this month, several native plant species take center stage in the fields and along the forest’s edge, putting on one of the best color shows of the season. Many of those Read More →

What’s In Bloom: Culver’s Root

July can be a discouraging month in the mid-Atlantic.  Its unrelenting heat and humidity can feel punishing, and the thought of doing in anything in the garden during the day seems insane.  Even the shade is hot and sultry, and I find myself aching for a breeze.  Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum), a tall native plant Read More →

What’s In Bloom: Dwarf Crested Iris

  Dwarf Crested Iris Iris cristada I tend to plant a lot of interesting things near my garbage cans.  Its kind of a wacky thing to do, but when you live in a tight, small yard and you like to garden you tend to fill any empty space with color. My Dwarf Crested Irises live Read More →

What’s In Bloom: Zinnias

Right now I feel like a catfish in a skillet of hot oil.  The thermometer read 103 this afternoon, and the humidity is awful. But despite it all, these humble flowers in my backyard remain fresh and happy looking. I’ve grown zinnias for years now.  The pop up and thrive in the worst of DC’s Read More →

What’s in Bloom: False Indigo

I realized the other day that a lot blue and purple things were blooming all at once in my garden, including lavender, catmint, sage, meadow sage, Jacob’s ladder, spiderwort and irises. I would like to say this was planned carefully by me, this show of complementary colors. But actually, the whole thing was really a Read More →

What’s in Bloom (despite the frost this morning): Trumpet Honeysuckle

  This morning we had both ice and frost: ice on the top of my kids’ wagon, and frost all around the shady areas of the park. But the trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) is blooming like never before. Hundreds of little tublar flowers, red and yellow and orange… Now if the hummingbirds would just show Read More →

What’s Blooming: Butterfly Weed

  The Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is putting on quite a show in our yard this year. This plant is easy to grow in all kinds of soil, and thrives on neglect. In fact, you need to neglect it in order for it to thrive. That’s because this plant emerges from the soil very late Read More →