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Sunflower

Sunflower

Helianthus annuus (sunflower) is a perennial plant that usually spreads rapidly and becomes invasive. It can grow to six feet tall in woodland areas, next to creeks and available moisture.

Not only do sunflowers add bright color to your landscape, their seeds attract birds.

Ours grows in the LG Veggie Garden.

Castor Bean

Castor Bean

Castor Bean plants originated in Ethiopian Africa, have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, and have naturalized in warm climates worldwide.

If the seeds are chewed by animals or humans, poisonous toxins trigger severe diarrhea and dehydration which can cause death. Keep children and pets away from these plants. Some people say you can plant castor beans to keep moles out of your yard.

This colorful specimen grows in the LG Veggie Garden.

Torenia Catalina Midnight Blue

Torenia Catalina Midnight Blue

An early, long blooming series with a great mounding and trailing habit and unique, bicolor blooms. They exhibit excellent heat and shade tolerance and their habit and floriferous nature makes them a great choice for hanging baskets and containers. They also make an excellent groundcover for shady areas which is how our garden displays them in the Entry Garden.

They have shades of periwinkle and deep cobalt blue with a yellow throat. These blue flowers show all season, have excellent heat tolerance, love the shade, and with all these attributes are a low maintenance annual.

Vinca

Vinca Burgandy Halo

Vinca Burgandy Halo

Vinca Red Halo

Vinca Nirvana Blush and Red Halo

This hale-and-hearty Vinca begins blooming extra-early with big flowers, then just keeps going despite extreme heat, poor soil, and just about any other obstacle Nature throws its way. These bushy plants are a trouble free delight in your sunny garden. You will love these uniform, neat, yet very bushy 10 to 12 inch plants, which stay colorful for months on end.

The blooms are two inches across and held wide open, with a large, eye-catching white center (halo) and really does grab your attention. The blooms are held up and out from the fresh, lush foliage, making them a splendid choice for beds, borders, ground cover, and baskets. They even make terrific houseplants during the winter months. If you are a busy gardener with no time to pamper your annuals, this is a MUST plant for your landscape.

Find these beautiful plants on the East side of the Pond.

Lemon Tree

Lemon Tree

Lemon Tree

Check out our Lemon Tree.

Located inside the gate to the garden nearest the barn, this potted tree is growing fruit which is just beginning to turn yellow. This tree will over-winter in our Greenhouse and continue its growth outside next spring.

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea is a thorny ornamental vine, bush, or tree, with flower-like spring leaves near it's flowers. It's a relatively pest-free plant, but may have worms, snails or aphids. However, it is so very beautiful!

This plant resides in the Linnaeus Greenhouse.

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

This leafy green vegetable is often used in Mediterranean cooking. It is considered to be one of the most healthful vegetables available. Not only that, it can add color to your 'edible' garden. The leaf blades can be green or reddish, while the leaf stalks are usually white, yellow, or red.

Pictured is "Red Chard", which is growing in the Vegetable Garden.

Pencil Cactus

Pencil Cactus

A common name for this plant is "Sticks of Fire." It is a drought tolerant plant, which can be grown in containers both indoors and outdoors. All parts of this plant are poisonous if eaten, and are toxic to dogs and cats. Handling the plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction.

The structure of the plant is unusual and striking. It can be found in our Greenhouse garden.

Short Stuff Zinnia Mix

Short Stuff Zinnia Mix

Zinnias are one of the most popular annual plants. Their blooms are usually 3" - 4" in size. Zinnias tolerate most soil types, are generally pest free, and are very user-friendly.

This short stuff zinnia mix is especially pretty. Find it in the Boulder Garden.

Ornamental Peppers

Oranamental Peppers close-up

Ornamental peppers close-up

Oranamental Peppers en masse

The dark purple foliage of ornamental peppers planted en masse
contrast nicely with lighter foliage in the garden.

Capsicum annuum, are early-maturing peppers that point straight up on this miniature ornamental. This plant is perfect for fall containers or as a delightful front-of-the-border standout.

If you want some color in your fall landscape, this plant is truly an eye catcher. It produces large numbers of tiny peppers which mature from green to yellow to blazing red, and some species can be used to add sizzle to a menu item.

Look for ornamental peppers in the Vegetable Garden and throughout the Linnaeus Gardens - you won't have to look too hard because their colorful display makes them a standout.

Croton

Croton

Croton is a tropical plant that can be used as an annual in the garden or as a display planter, and it comes in an amazing diversity of leaf shapes and colors. It has rather thick evergreen alternate leaves, tiny inconspicuous star-shaped yellow flowers that hang down in long racemes, and a milky sap that bleeds from cut stems. Depending on the cultivar, the leaves may be ovate to linear, entire to deeply lobed, and variegated with green, white, purple, orange, yellow, red or pink. The colors may follow the veins or the margins or they may be in blotches on the leaf.

You can find this tropical plant in a planter located in our entry garden.

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

The 10' tall shrub is not actually a rose but is in the Mallow Family and is sometimes called "Shrub Althea". Carl Linnaeus classified Hibiscus syriacus in the 18th century based on a herbarium specimen from Syria to which the species apparently had been imported long ago, since its origins are from India and East Asia.

Rose of Sharon comes in many colors - especially white, lilac, and pink. It occurs as a single flower, or as a hybridized double. Blooms first occur in late spring and continue through early fall, making Rose of Sharon one of the few summer-blooming shrubs.

Individual blossoms open in early morning, close at night, and usually last less than three days. Regardless of the flower's color, there is almost always an intensely maroon central spot formed by a concentration of pigment at the bases of five large petals. The almost-triangular serrated leaf of Rose of Sharon is semi-glossy dark green and about 3" long. The foliage is also deciduous. Rose of Sharon goes into a very long resting period and is one of the last shrubs to green up in spring.

Trimmed Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon is a great plant that can be pruned to show off its multi-trunks. We have several examples in our garden. Treeing it up enables the eye to see through the branches to any hardscaping or plants behind it to give the view a layering look.

This particular plant is in our Boulder Garden

Water Lilies

Pink Water Lily

Water Lily plants will add intense color and green foliage to any water garden, while also attracting birds and butterflies. These red, pink or white lilies will thrive with any other water plants already growing in your pond, and they are cold hardy.

We found them blooming in our water garden and had to share their beauty.


White Water Lily

Photos by Marc Schreiber
last updated September 12, 2014