While violets’ delicate blossoms are a treat only for the observant, the plant has enjoyed a long history of medicinal and culinary use. Leigh Hunt, an English Romantic essayist, and poet is the first known author of the phrase “shrinking violet.” In 1820, he published a passage describing a bit of woodland in The Indicator, a … Continue reading Medicinal and Culinary Uses for the Shy Violet
COMMON NAME: salvia GENUS: Salvia SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: S. splendens-popular bedding plant grown as an annual. S. superba 'Blue Queen'-perennial; short spikes of deep violet flowers. S. haematodes-perennial; to 36 inches; sprays of lavender flowers. FAMILY: Labiatae BLOOMS: summer TYPE: annual and perennial DESCRIPTION: Both annual and perennial salvias are characterized by attractive spikes of flowers. … Continue reading Salvia: Summer Herb and Flowers
COMMON NAME: ageratum GENUS: Ageratum SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: A. houstonianum. Blue hybrids: Blue Blazer, Blue Angel, Blue Mink, Blue Surf, Midget Blue, Florist's Blue. White; Album, Summer Snow, Mexican White. Purple: Royal Blazer. Pink: Fairy Pink, Pinkie. FAMILY: Compositae BLOOMS: summer and fall TYPE: annual DESCRIPTION: Ageratum hybrids vary in height from 5 to 24 inches. … Continue reading What Is: Ageratum?
Gardeners looking for a place to unwind, meditate, and rejuvenate will enjoy this new landscaping trend, which combines elements of healing, privacy, and sensory experience to create a meaningful way to tune out the daily grind. Busy schedules, constant texts, and tweets, the demands of work, and balancing a fun, happy family life can pose a … Continue reading Creating A “Welltality” Garden
COMMON NAME: nasturtium GENUS: Tropaeolum SPECIES: T.major; T. minor FAMILY: Tropaeolaceae BLOOMS: summer TYPE: annual DESCRIPTION: Very colorful, five-petaled blossoms grow on short or trailing plants. The leaves are round and attractive. Blossom colors include red, pink, and yellow and hues in between. CULTIVATION: Nasturtiums are very adaptable and can grow in poor soils and … Continue reading Nasturtium.