Jovibarba heuffeliiColors vary from yellow, to crimson, to plum, to green. This drought-tolerant succulent requires soil that drains well and a location with a fair amount of light. Long lived, surviving both summer's heat and winter's cold. Popularly known as hens-and-chicks, which is also the popular name for Sempervivums, this grows as a tightly clustered group, connected at the roots, and doesn't spread by runners. Cold hardy, -20° to -30°F (USDA zone 4).
Jovibarba heuffelii 'Apache'$6.95 The colors of 'Apache,' are a dark purple-red. During winter and early spring the dark purple-red will be more pronounced, while at other times the green will cover more of the leaves, with purple-red tips. Native to the the Balkans and southern Carpathian mountains, all of the jovibarbas listed here can withstand winter temperatures down to -20° to -30°F.
Jovibarba heuffelii 'Applauze'$6.95 Large creamy hairs line the edges of the plum-red leaves, the light hairs standing out in sharp contrast to the darker leaves. The leaves are green towards the plant's center.
Jovibarba heuffelii 'Beacon Hill'$6.95 'Beacon Hill' combines rosy-purple and gray-green on its satiny leaves.
Jovibarba heuffelii 'Blaze'$6.95 The colors of 'Blaze' change during the seasons, sometimes being a bright red and at other times being a dark maroon/brown.
Jovibarba 'Gold Bug'$9.95 The photo was taken on March 1st, and is golden. At other times 'Gold Bug' will be green with reddish tips.
Jovibarba 'Irene'$6.95 The leaves are mostly a rich, medium red, being a lighter red closer to the center of the plant and a darker red towards the leaf tips. The leaf edges standout with a lighter coloring, due to the small hairs lining the edges.
Jovibarba 'Orion'$6.95 At times the leaf colors are darker violet-red and green, and at other times become a glowing bright red. A combination of influences cause these color changes, such as the season of the year and how much light they receive.
Jovibarba 'Passat'$6.95 For part of the year the leaves are green with darker leaf tips, and at other times their coloring is a vivid red.
Jovibarba 'Sundancer'$6.95 The green leaves are tipped in a blood red. At other times of the year the leaves are more golden or yellowish.
Propagating JovibarbaA group of the round, leafy rosettes are usually tightly clustered together, more tightly than you might expect -- and they generally do not produce long runners as Sempervivums do. So instead of simply pulling them apart as with other succulents you must cut them with a knife, as has been done with the plant in the picture. And it is important to let the freshly cut tissue air-dry for several days before replanting.
Kniphofia by seasonearly summer:
July and August:
late summer to fall:
Towers of Gold
Kniphofia albescens$16.95 The flowers are a pastel light green at the top and creamy white below. With age all of the florets become a delicate, creamy yellow. Produced from divisions, not from seeds, so they will all match. Blooming during early summer with flower stems of 3 to 3½ feet high. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7, and zone 6 with winter protection.
Kniphofia 'Apricot Soufflé'$11.95 Flowering in July, this softly colored orange/apricot and creamy yellow flower reaches a height of two and a half feet. The soft and rich colors of 'Apricot Soufflé' mix beautifully with lavender, blue and white flowers.
Kniphofia 'Bee's Sunset'$10.95 (also going by the name of 'Shining Sceptre') A vigorous plants that has orange-gold flowers and blooms July - August. Grows to three feet in height, or slightly more.
Kniphofia 'Christmas Cheer'15.95 'Christmas Cheer' has been growing here outdoors without any protection for twenty years, surviving winter temperatures down to +6°F. And to repeat, 'Christmas Cheer' received no covering or other protection during these twenty years. So it survives temperatures below freezing quite well. However, the flowers cannot take a frost, and because they bloom during December, January and February there is no practical reason to grow this red-hot poker unless you live where winters are mild. Of course winter weather varies from year to year, and some winters we get a warm spell when the flowers bloom well outdoors. It is a hot orange-red, with older, lower flowers turning to light yellow as they age. Height will be 2 to 3 feet.
Kniphofia 'Coral'$11.95 Blooming in early summer, the coral colored flowerheads reach a height of three to four feet. Very robust and surviving a greater degree of cold, to USDA zone 5.
Kniphofia 'Green Jade'$14.95 This famous plant flowers towards the end of summer with a height of three to four feet, in a color of lime green. Americans have read about it in British gardening magazines for years and have only recently been able to find it on our side of the pond. USDA zones 6 - 10.
Kniphofia 'Lemon Queen'$10.95 Flowering in July and August, its colors are a pure lemon yellow. It is extraordinarily strong growing. USDA zones 6 - 10, and zone 5 with protection over winter.
Kniphofia 'Percy's Pride'$11.95 The large, long heads of flowers are in lime green and the palest of yellows, and are much anticipated here in late summer. This is very vigorous. The height of the flower stems is three to four feet. USDA zones 6 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West.
Kniphofia rooperi$10.95 With flowers showing in late summer to fall, this species, rooperi is tall at four feet with large flowerheads that are globe shaped. USDA zones 7 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West.
Kniphofia sarmentosa$12.95 Truly winter flowering, plants in the ground have survived well with temperatures down to +6°F. It is best grown where winters are mild, such as the Deep South or California. Plants spread by runners, which is characteristic of only a few torch lilies. Its colors are coral-red turning to creamy yellow as they age, the overall shape of the flower spike tapering sharply at the top end. Height of the flowers is 18 to 24 inches.
Kniphofia 'Shenandoah'$14.95 This was offered by a nursery located in the Appalachian foothills of Virginia that we picked up about twenty years ago. It is a plant that can take a greater degree of winter cold. It blooms in late spring to early summer. The flowers are orange-red and yellow, with a height of three to four feet. It grows robustly. USDA zones 6 to 10, and to zone 5 with a covering over winter.
Kniphofia 'Toffee Nosed'$12.95 The flowers of this are cream, darkening at the top a light toffee color. The flower spikes are lower than most red-hot pokers, reaching a height of two feet. Grows as a slowly widening clump, that in several years will become long-blooming, beginning in June or early July and continuing for most of the summer. USDA zones 7 - 10. It will survive in colder climates if you give it winter protection such as covering with a mulch or a large basket turned upside down and kept from blowing away, with a large rock on top during winter's cold.
Kniphofia 'Tower of Gold'$12.95 Grown and named by Luther Burbank, this is a large flowered plant appearing near summer's end. Colors are a golden yellow with a light touch of range/red at the top. Its height is two and a half to three feet. USDA zones 7 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West.
Lewisia 'Little Peach'$8.95 The peach flowers of this succulent are lightly blushed with pink and yellow, that bloom in mid-spring and a second time in late summer. 'Little Peach' is evergreen and grows 4 to 6 inches high and 6 to 8 inches wide. Its soil needs excellent drainage, such as grown in a clay pot that is allowed to dry out between waterings, or planted in a rock wall, a gravel scree or alpine bed. Not a plant for the South, in hot summer climates it does better with partial shade. A hybrid of Lewisia longipetala x cotyledon. USDA zones 5 - 8, and zones 9 and 10 in the West.
Linaria 'Natalie'$6.95 'Natalie' has masses of tiny lavender flowers for much of summer and is long lived. She is easily grown in average soil that is well drained, being drought tolerant once established and requiring no special attention. Her height is eighteen to thirty inches. The stems are very thin and her leaves are small. The overall appearance is lacey and delicate. Hardy to USDA zones 5 - 8. This plant is non-seeding, an advantage over other Linarias.
Manfreda (Agave) 'Spot'$9.95 deciduous agave -- A hybrid between Manfreda virginica and Manfreda maculosa (Texas tuberose), this plant has gray-green leaves speckled with sizable spots of reddish brown. It is cold hardy USDA zone 5 (-20°F) when situated where the soil drains freely. Older plants, in time, will grow into a thick clump of shoots connected at their roots. The leaves grow to a height of 12 to 15 inches, with taller flower stems to 4 feet.
Melianthus major$10.95 This plant grows into a woody shrub about five feet in height, having large fingered, grayish or silvery leaves with a zig-zag pattern to the leaf margins as though they were cut with large pinking shears. Survives our winters although sometimes the stems are killed back in winter and must resprout from the roots. On warm summer days the rubbed leaves have a peanut butter-like scent. Flowers here in early summer with clusters of reddish stems and green blooms above the leaves. Cold hardy to USDA zones 7 - 11. Plants that survive in zones 7 and 8 may freeze to the ground, however will resprout from the roots in spring. If a young plant looks like it has frozen, do not be too quick to dig it out. You might discover signs of life and wish you hadn't disturbed it.
Mukdenia 'Crimson Fans'
$10.95 Clusters of small, white flowers appear on this groundcover in early spring before the new leaves appear. The leaves are more the show than the flowers. The shiny, fingered leaves are fan-shaped emerging a bronze-green, that in strong light turn to crimson at the edges. In fall, the green centers turn to gold. Height will be twelve inches on an established plant. This likes partial shade and evenly moist ground throughout summer, and grows better across the cooler, more northerly part of North America. It is a Japanese hybrid of a species that is native to China and Korea. With age the plant will spread out from thick rhizomes. Cold hardy to USDA zone 4. Also known as Aceriphyllum.
Nepeta nervosa 'Forncett Select'
$7.95 Growing to a size of ten inches tall, this bushy perennial flowers from June through August, bringing welcome color to the late summer garden. Its flowers are a rich violet-blue. Hardy to USDA zones 5 - 9, this species is native to Kashmir. It likes well-drained soil in sun.
Parochetus communis$8.95 Known as both blue oxalis and shamrock pea, this is native to the mountains of Africa and Asia. It is low at 1 to 3 inches tall and spreads widely to a couple of feet or more. The green leaves often have a circle pattern of dark red. The cobalt blue flowers are unbelievable at first sight. Flowers are produced for a long season. Plant it outdoors in the spring to give it a good start, and it will survive over winter to USDA zone 8b.
Pelargonium x fragrans 'Snowy Nutmeg'
$5.95 Pelargonium x fragrans 'Snowy Nutmeg' has green leaves irregularly splashed with cream that are gloriously scented. A small-scale scented-leaf geranium, its leaves are up to about an inch wide. It isn't reliably frost hardy, although it may survive outdoors in USDA zones 7 and 8 in a protected location such as under the eaves of a house. White flowers bloom thru summer.
Phlox glaberrima 'Triple Play'
$7.95 The leaves are green and cream, tinged in pink during fall and winter. A low and spreading plant, the lavender-pink flowers are taller at 4 to 8 inches and bloom heavily in late spring with a second bloom at the end of summer. And they are favorites of hummingbirds and butteflies. Cold hardy from USDA zone 4 to 8, Phlox glaberrima is native from Wisconsin south to Florida. If several are planted as a group, space them about 8 to 10 inches apart. (Plant patent 21,329)
$7.95 Not frequently offered at nurseries, the common name of this is horned rampion. It is a close relative of bellflowers, Campanula, although the flowers are quite different in appearance from bellflowers. Each flowerstem holds a ball-shaped cluster of violet-blue flowers, and long, spiky bracts, that have a light, dainty character. Horned rampion hails from the mountainous Alps of Europe. Hardy to USDA zones 6 to 9, and to zone 5 with protection. Its flowering season is early to mid summer, and blooms at a height of eight to ten inches.
$12.95 The common name for this is Chinese mayapple. It has large, shiny rounded leaves from one to two feet tall. They may grow to the size of a large dinner plate and are very decorative. Richly dark red flowers bloom on the leaf-stems underneath the leaves. The flower buds do not open all at once, but one after another. An older plant will have many buds so that the flower season lasts for quite some time. This plant needs shade all day long to be happy, because direct sunlight will burn any part of the leaf that it touches. Hardy in USDA zones 6 - 8, and to zone 9 along the Pacific Coast.
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Primula 'Blue Sapphire'
$5.95 The leaves are low and partially evergreen. The flowers begin to appear in early spring. For us they start in late February and continue on well into summer. When planted in just the right spot they can flower here year around. They would prefer a rich soil, light shade and slightly more moisture than average when they can get it, however will grow well in full sun and with less than perfect conditions. 'Blue Sapphire' has fully double flowers, two or three per stalk, of a rich blue that are often thinly rimmed in silver. Hardy in USDA zones 6 - 9, zone 5 with protection.
Primula 'Butter Yellow'
$5.95 This fully double flower has petals of sunny yellow. The height of a plant will be six inches. It likes a humus-rich soil in partial shade. Withstanding winter cold to USDA zone 5 with protection, it will survive from year to year as a true perennial in regions where summers are not humid and hot. In other words this is more of an annual in the South. And the flowers are fragrant.
Primula 'Double Cream'$5.95 This fully double primrose has petals of light cream. The height of a plant will be six inches. It likes a humus-rich soil in partial shade. Withstanding winter cold to USDA zone 5 with protection, it will survive from year to year as a true perennial in regions where summers are not humid and hot. In other words this is more of an annual in the South. The creamy flowers are fragrant, too !
$5.95 A dark leaved primrose with creamy pink flowers, 'Drumcliff' is very cold tolerant, surviving to +5°F. Height of 4 to 6 inches. Both spring and autumn blooming. And even during winter in the South.
$6.95 Primula 'Innisfree' has rich, red flowers above darkly tinted leaves. It blooms both in spring, and in the fall season as the weather becomes cooler. It is especially cold tolerant, also being longer lived than the type of primroses usually offered in garden centers.
Innisfree is a small island on a lake, Lough Gill, near to and just southeast of the small city of Sligo, Ireland, featured in a Yeats poem,
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
Primula 'Lilian Harvey'
$5.95 Lovely double fuschia-pink blossoms, flowering from March to May. She grows six to eight inches tall and six to ten inches wide. The person, Lilian Harvey (1906 - 1968), was a German-British actress and singer. Hardy in USDA zones 6 - 8, also to zone 5 with protection, and to zone 9 along the West Coast.
Primula 'Mark Viette'$5.95 This primrose starts out purple when it is in bud, and even as the flower opens it is still purplish. Only gradually does it turn to ruffled, double flowers of hot pink, a pink leaning towards violet, with a pencil-line edging of cream. As with other primroses, 'Mark Viette' grows best in ground that is lightly moist, and in partial shade. Dividing plants of it every couple of years is recommended to keep the plants healthy and blooming well. Hardy in USDA zones 6 - 8, also to zone 5 with protection, and to coastal areas of zone 9.
$5.95 'Nectarine' is a more unusual color in a double flower, a combination of light and darker yellow and orange. Hardy in USDA zones 6 - 9, zone 5 with protection.
Primula 'Penumbra'$5.95 Multicolored flowers of black with a wide white edging and golden eyes are showy and very bright. The flowers come in clusters atop four-inch stems in spring and again in fall. The leaves are light green and can be evergreen depending on the severity of the winter. USDA zones 6 to 9, to zone 5 with protection. With good snow cover it is routinely carried over winter in zones 3 and 4.
Primula 'Petticoat'$5.95 Cluster of ruffled, double pure-white flowers show in spring and again during the cooler days of autumn. USDA zones 6 - 8. Longer lived where summer weather is not hot and humid.
Primula 'Quaker's Bonnet'
$5.95 Quaker's Bonnet is a very early bloomer, with clear mauve-purple flowers. We suggest dividing it every two or three years, in early fall. Also known as 'Lilacena Plena,' this old primrose was one of the original double varieties used by Florence Bellis in her breeding program. USDA zones 4 - 8, and to zone 9 on the West Coast.
Primula 'Red Ruffles'
$5.95 These bright red flowers are double with white striping or speckling along the edges. Where winters are mild enough this will begin blooming during the cooler days of fall, and continue on blooming through winter, on into spring. Height is 4 to 6 inches. Cold hardy in USDA zones 6 - 9. This plant perfers a humus-rich soil that doesn't dry out too much. And dappled light or partial sun.
Primula 'Sue Jervis'$5.95 Flowers of light, candy pink are double. As a flower ages, her petals lighten to a creamy pink. For growing conditions, dappled shade and damp but well-drained soil is recommended. To encourage vigorous growth and prolific flowering, dividing the double primroses every year or two is best, and adding some compost or organic fertilizer to the soil.
Primula 'Tie Dye'
$5.95 With large blue and white flowers, the name of this primrose is appropriate for its unique look. Four-inch high stems carry clusters of flowers in spring and again in autumn. The leaves are light green and can be evergreen depending on the severity of the winter. USDA zones 6 to 9, to zone 5 with protection, and even to zone 3.
$5.95 The richly red color of this primrose brings to mind the red roses that are so popular for Valentine's Day. This double flower is a similar red. USDA zones 6 - 8, and zone 5 with protection.
Primula 'Val Horncastle'
$5.95 These lovely double flowers are a soft and delicate shade of yellow, that bloom from late winter, well into spring. They are best grown where the soil is moist and where the sunlight is not too strong. Dividing a plant every two to three years, in early fall, is recommended. USDA zones 4 - 8, and to zone 9 on the West Coast.