We maintain four main flower
borders which include both perennials and
annuals. Several smaller plantings are tucked
in around the foundation and around the
main vegetable garden.
One of the most beautiful displays comes
from some very old fashioned single hollyhocks
(actually a re-seeding biennial), which were
passed along from another very old garden
in the area. The colors range from light
pink to dark maroon.
Exotic crimson blooms! Starfish flower is a great curiosity to everyone who sees it. Huge, 4" star-shaped flowers are crimson and fringed with soft, silky hair. Reminds you of a cactus although it has no thorns. Looks exotic but is easy to grow.
Astounding blooms symbolize the crucifixion. The Passion Flower thrives easily in your home to produce fragrant blooms that will fascinate you with their religious significance. Blue-purple blooms measure up to 4" across and are set off with delicate pink filaments. According to legend, the Passion Flower's petals relate to the Apostles, the cornea to the Crown of Thorns, the five anthers to the Five Wounds and the three stigmas to the three nails.
Huge 2 1/2" double, bright rose-pink blooms smother each branch. See the originals framing the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. A gift from Japan, it is the most beautiful of flowering cherries. Grows to 15-25' tall. Zones 5-9. 3-4' trees. Drought resistant.
You get an eye-catching three-color rainbow on one beautiful flowering crab. White, pink and red blooms - all the colors of flowering crabs appear on the 3-N-1 Flowering Crab in early spring. Save on space and enjoy the beauty of this rare tree. Grows 15-20 feet tall and blooms in April. Hardy in zones 3-8.
This plant is always a favorite - one of the first shrubs to bloom in the spring. The Red Flowering Quince produces large clusters of double fiery scarlet-red flowers resembling rose buds in April-May. They have attractive shiny green foliage with reddish tinge. The Red Flowering Quince prefers sun, but will grow in partial shade. Grows about 6'. Strong 12" to 18" plants.
A constant showy bloomer in summer heat! Exquisite flowers with blue crowns give off a minty fragrance throughout the summer. Blooms measure up to 4" across! This extremely fast-growing vine can grow 20-25' long and will climb almost anything: trellises, fences, arbors and walls. Great as a houseplant too! The ornate blooms are followed by edible orange colored fruits that can be eaten fresh, but are best when cooked. Evergreen in warmer climates and able to survive temperatures as low as 5° F. In colder areas, they will often re-grow from the roots if winter protection is provided. Attracts butterflies. If growing outdoors, plant 5-10' apart in an area that has moist, well-drained soil with full sun.
The Red Cardinal Flower is a perennial that has crimson leaves and spikes with scarlet flowers on 2-3' tall stems. Blooms mid-summer to mid-autumn. Grows well near wet areas. Red Cardinal Flowers are perfect for summer bedding in clumps or mixed with annuals. Attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies.
This is a very attractive plant and a great curiosity to everyone who sees it. It has magnificent star-shaped flowers lightly lined with crimson and fringed with silky hairs. Blooms measure more than 13" across! A giant strain of the Stapelia, it comes from Africa and somewhat resembles a cactus, although it has no thorns. Easy to grow! Drench and dry and in cold months only water to keep blooms from shriveling. Once the Starfish Flower is established, fertilize once in the spring.