centaurea montana invasive perennial

Invasive Perennials …Beware!

Invasive perennials become “weeds” in a garden when the environment is in the plant’s comfort zone. Rocky Mountain gardens where plants are not as vigorous grow slower and shorter so we get away with growing some of the...

echinacea coneflower

Echinacea purpura – Coneflower

Echinacea photo above courtesy of Karen Matthews Echinacea is a native of the plains and prairies of the USA. Originating in this tough environment gave Echinacea the deep-rooted traits of drought tolerance, long bloom, low maintenance and dependability....

aconitum monkshead

Aconitum – Monkshood

Above: Featured Image, Aconitum, courtsey wikimedia commons Aconitum is a tall, erect perennial that blooms in the  fall garden and adds valuable blue colors to contrast with the hot colors of autumn.  Everything about Aconitum is incredible. The...

rudbeckia black eyed susans

Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia)

Black-eyed Susans are so floriferous and distinctive that they are easily recognized by gardeners in the Northern Hemisphere. Their broad branched clumps of golden daisies with brown cones are long-blooming, offering a late summer, constant color intensity that...