better outdoor living at home spring

‘Royal Standard’ Hosta ~ A Perennial a Week

We haven’t featured a white flowering perennial for a while, so this week the ‘Royal Standard’ Hosta is in the spotlight. And, with pretty good timing too, since late summer is its blooming time!     You may not think of hostas in terms of flowers since for the most part they are relied upon […]

‘Party Dress’ Anemone ~ A Perennial a Week

The very first perennial in our ‘A Perennial a Week’ series was a Japanese anemone in white, and it is such a favorite, that this week we are featuring another anemone in pink. The green-eye-yellow-fringe-centered, frilly pink petal ‘Party Dress’ Anemone certainly deserves its fancy name, and it looks so festive in the garden swaying […]

‘Provence’ Lavender ~ French Lavender Perennial ~ A Perennial a Week

This week’s perennial is not just one that is beautiful to look at, but also one that has a lovely fragrance. With its slender lavender blue flowers reaching about 36”, it provides enchantment for a cottage garden, definition as a landscape border, or striking when used for massing.   ‘Provence’ Lavender is a very fragrant […]

Coreopsis ‘Early Sunrise’ ~ A Perennial a Week

This week we’re featuring a perennial with a pretty golden yellow flower that attracts butterflies. It is Coreopsis ‘Early Sunrise’ and it has a full semi-double flower with an almost daisy-like look, and blooms early summer to fall. We found out that it is also an All-America Selections winner.   We discovered ‘Early Sunrise’ while […]

‘Peppermint Twist’ Phlox – A Perennial A Week

This is the blooming season for Phlox paniculata – a long season it is for a perennial, from midsummer to autumn. Phlox paniculata is a type of phlox that I recently discovered. I thought the only type of phlox was the creeping variety, so I was pleasantly surprised when I came upon the Peppermint Twist […]

‘Pretty Polly’ Coral Bell – A Perennial a Week

Heuchera is the plant family name for Coral Bells, and there are so many coral bell perennial varieties  that it would be very easy to have several favorites that you’d love to see in your garden. This week’s perennial is the ‘Pretty Polly’ Coral Bell.   One of the features of the coral bell that […]

Balloon Flower Garden Perennial ~ A Perennial A Week

In celebration of the 4th of July holiday, the perennial this week is the balloon flower, but instead of just one plant, we’re choosing three of them for their patriotic colors of red, white, and blue.   The Balloon Flower garden perennial is a pretty cool plant in appearance – the flower buds look like […]

‘Becky’ Shasta Daisy – A Perennial a Week

Would I be wrong if I said that most everyone loves daisies in their garden? My favorite bouquets will always have white daisies in them. And, white petal daisies with their sunny yellow centers just liven up gardens and landscapes.   A number of years ago, I bought one 6” pot of the ‘Becky’ Shasta […]

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