Here is a variety of easy care perennials that are shipped bare root packed in damp packaging material . Some vines/ground covers such as the Virginia Creeper or Halls Japanese Honeysuckle may have some yellow leaves or even lose a few upon shipping. This does not harm the plant as they are a woody vine and new leaves grow from the node sections. 

 

Spiderwort


The common name Spiderwort (some folks like to use a space spider wort) is presumed to come from the way the flowers hang like spiders from a web off the main stem and "wort" is the Saxon name for ‘plant’. 

I like this plant because while it blooms almost all summer, (with heavy flushes in the early summer and again in the fall) spiderwort requires next to no special care in the garden. I prune it to the ground in the fall and the rest of the time, we co-exist and enjoy each other’s company. 

For Heavy Blooms

There are two conditions however spiderwort must have if it is to bloom heavily. 

The first is full sunshine. The more shade you present spider wort with, the fewer blooms it will produce. A light dusting of shade in the early morning or late afternoon is acceptable but you do want this plant to get as much sunlight as possible. 

The second and equally important variable is soil moisture. Spiderwort demands constantly damp soil if it is to bloom continually. You can not put this plant in the full sun and allow the surrounding soil to dry out. It will quickly stop blooming if you do. 

I plant my spiderwort around the pond where they are available for regular waterings as I top up the water level. I also mulch them heavily so the soil moisture stays constant and even below the mulch. 

If It Dries Out

Here’s a tip. If you mistreat spider wort by allowing it to dry out and it stops producing flowers, simply cut it back by half and start a weekly watering programme. It will respond with new growth and flower production in the fall. 

If grown in a moist and fertile soil, not a boggy poorly-drained soil, spiderwort will grow to 24 inches tall and spread the same amount. 

You’ll find spider wort in most garden centres and the better ones will have the newer varieties. 


Varieties

‘Charlotte’ is a clear pink flower and a delightful grower. 

‘Concord Grape’ is one of the better dark flowering varieties with a deep purple flower. It also features frosted blue-green foliage that makes it stand out in the garden. 

‘Hawaiian Punch’ is another good re-bloomer and it has ‘magenta-pink’ flowers. 

‘Isis’ has white flowers although there is a flush of violet-blue in the center of the flower. Many of the lighter varieties have this blue flush to the bloom; the breeders haven’t bred out the native blue flower genes yet. 

‘Little Doll’ is a compact variety for those of you with smaller gardens and the blooms on this plant are a delightful light blue colour. 

‘Purple Dome’ has been around for many years now and it features a very dark purple flower. You should be easily find this variety; it is still a good one. 

‘Zwanenburg Blue’ is another older and easily found variety that still graces my garden with its clear blue flowers. 

Rubra’ is a one of the newer red flowering introductions and I confess I don’t like it as much as I like the purples and blues. The “red” in the bloom has too much blue in it for my tastes. 

Two brand new varieties you’ll want in your garden are ‘Bilberry Ice’ and ‘Blue and Gold’. 

‘Bilberry Ice’ is a light violet flower with darker centers on the three-petaled flower. An attractive plant, it has just entered my gardening world. 

The star attraction and one of the newest spiderworts to hit the garden is ‘Blue and Gold’ or 'Kates Gold' (same plant - different name). The foliage on this plant is golden green (chartreuse) and the flowers are a dark violet blue. The foliage holds its color best when the temperatures are cooler so a touch of shade (rather than hot noonday sun areas) will help keep its yellow tones. The contrast between the leaves and flower is delightful and this will be a hit in your garden. 

 

Gold Moss Sedum-Great Ground Cover

Looks great growing down the side of a pot that is planted with it. I like to have it mixed in a pot with my sedum Autumn Joy as the colors complement each other!

Category:Alpines and Rock Gardens Ground covers Perennials
Cactus and Succulents   Height:under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:12-15 in. (30-38 cm) Hardiness: SDA Zone 4a-9b

Sun Exposure: Full Sun,sun to Partial Shade,light Shade

Bloom Color:Bright Yellow  Bloom Time:Mid Summer

Foliage:Grown for foliage Evergreen

Other details:This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:By dividing the root ball From herbaceous stem cuttings or simply laying it on the ground.


  


  

 

Vinca Minor Vines:

Vinca minor vines stay short, sprawling out over the ground. They typically stand only 3"-6" off the ground, but their trailing stems can reach 18" in length. The stems of these jointed plants root at the nodes as they creep along the ground and spread rapidly to form an attractive ground cover. Vinca minor vines put out the bluish-lavender "periwinkle flower" in spring and bloom intermittently throughout summer.

Sun and Soil Requirements for Vinca Minor Vines:

Vinca minor vines require good drainage. Plant in partial sun to full shade. Good choice for a ground cover for an area with dry shade; while the plant will grow more vigorously in moist soils, Vinca minor vines are reasonably drought-tolerant once established. Achieving vigorous growth is usually not a problem for these plants (see below under "Caveats"). Vinca minor vines will thrive in soils rich in humus but will tolerate poorer soils.

Planting Zones for Vinca Minor Vines:

Indigenous to Southern Europe, vinca minor vines are best grown in zones 4-8.

Uses for Vinca Minor Vines in Landscape Design:

Vinca minor vines have traditionally been planted under large trees, where most lawn grass would suffer from insufficient light. Because tree roots also compete for moisture in such areas, drought-tolerant ground covers such as Vinca minor vines have a greater chance of surviving than "thirstier" plants would. As a bonus, Vinca minor vines are deer-resistant.


Vinca minor vines are considered somewhat invasive plants, so, if this is a concern for you, make it a point each year to keep their runners in check. But remember, the flip side of the coin for so-called "invasive plants" is that they are vigorous growers, meaning that they tend to be successful at filling in an area -- which is what you want out of a ground cover.

  

DAY LILY PLANTS


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Kwanso Triple Petaled Day lily Plants

'Kwanso' has large (5- to 6 1/2-inch) tangerine blooms, rusty red highlights, and overlapping petals. It blooms in the mid- to late-season and spreads aggressively. Usually referred to as a 'double' (it produces flowers with double the usual number of petals), Kwanso actually produces triple the usual number of petals. It is the only known triploid daylily and its stamens are modified into additional petals. These heirloom daylilies' big clumps hold banks, line driveways, and define edges of lawn - with virtually no long-term care. Reliable and hardy, they work particularly well in mass plantings and are known to be repeat bloomers (with adequate feeding and water). 'Kwanso' cannot set seed and is reproduced solely by division and underground runners (stolons). This variety is 'dormant': it loses its foliage after frost and remains leafless or without foliage for some period of time that is variable by cultivar and growing region. Spacing 20 - 30 inches. Mature height 32 - 40 inches. Full sun, Part sun. Zones: 3-10.


See the last photo where they are in the back of another variety just starting to bloom.

Usually referred to as a "double," meaning producing flowers with double the usual number of petals, 'Kwanzo' actually produces triple the usual number of petals. It is is the only known triploid daylily, the stamens are modified into additional petals.

This heirloom day lily makes big clumps to hold banks, line driveways and define edges of lawn with virtually no long term care on your part. Reliable and hardy, works particularly well in mass plantings. Known to re bloom with adequate feeding and water. 'Kwanso' cannot set seed and is reproduced solely by underground runners (stolons) and division. Spacing: 20-30 in.

 Assorted Day Lily Plants 

I have many day lily plants in my yard. I love them because they give a beautiful display of color but are so easy to care for. Just plant and let them go. They do better in full sun. I will be offering these for sale as well. Some I know the name of and others are from a friend years ago who use to cultivate her own species so I do not have names for all of them. Check the storefront often for sales on these.



 



Blunt Lobe Cliff ferns 

You will be getting ferns that are about 12-14" tall that grow here in zone 7 and seen in photo below. They may be cut back some for shipping purposes and shipped  with some soil still attached and packed in moist packaging.These are related to the Christmas ferns.The organic soil that I sell is great as a starter when you use these ferns in your terrariums! Look for the soil on the live moss tab to the left. Ferns will vary in size from 12-18" Tall when full grown. Grow them in deep shade to some sunlight. Semi evergreen here in zone 7.


 

 

Sensitive fern 

You will be getting 1 fern rhizome shipped bare root (always packed in moist material) for shipping. Some fronds will be cut back for shipping purposes. These are gorgeous ferns and I have them in several areas in my ponds as you can see by the photos here.

General Culture: Best grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Needs consistent moisture. Although native to swampy and marshy areas, it grows quite well in average garden soil as long as soil is not allowed to dry out. Usually grows taller in wet soils which it tolerates well. Spreads by both creeping rhizomes and spores, and can be somewhat aggressive in optimum growing conditions.

Hairy Lip Fern-Cheilanthes lanosa


USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-8, -25°C

Spread:12-15 Inches

 

Cheilanthes lanosa is a soft-textured fern with fuzzy green leaflets along a chestnut brown stipe. It is a great choice for rock walls and shady trough gardens, but performs beautifully in average well-drained garden soil and in containers with regular potting mix. Even though it is short in stature, it fills a gallon well. Hairy Lip Fern can also be grown as a "nook and cranny" plant in quarts.


  






Resurrection fern

(Polypodium polypodioides)

(Polypodium polypodioides)    (click link to the left here for) More good information & pictures on this fern.

Resurrection fern is a fascinating plant very common in the Southeast

& found from Florida to New York and west to Texas.The fern is an

air plant which means it attaches itself to other plants and gets its

nutrients from the air and from water and nutrients that collect on

the outer surface of bark. Resurrection fern lives on the branches

of large trees such as cypresses and live oaks. It is often found in the

company of other air plants such as Spanish moss & wild pine.

 

The resurrection fern gets its name because it can survive long periods

of drought by curling up and appearing dead. When just a little

water is present, the fern will uncurl and reopen, appearing to

resurrect. This plant has even been taken on a space shuttle mission

to watch it resurrect itself in space! This tiny, creeping fern has a long

stem to which the fronds are attached. The leathery, evergreen

leaves are called fronds and are 4" to 12" long. The fronds are made of

smaller, rounded, oblong blades alternately arranged but tending to

become opposite. Like all ferns, the resurrection fern does not

reproduce by fruits or seeds but uses spores instead. The spores are

found in clusters, called sori, on the bottom of the blades near the edge.

The sori appear as brown to black scales. The long, horizontal, skinny

stem is less than 1/12" in diameter and is attached to and creeps along

the bark of large trees. This is where the fronds then come out from.


You're getting a section about 4"x4" that will have several fern fronds 

on it for $15.00.

I even have these in my tree frog vivarium and you can make an outside

container shade garden with these too!



Ebony Spleenwort-Asplenium platyneuron

Ebony spleenwort looks something like a smaller, more delicate version of

Christmas fern, though the two ferns are not closely related. To identify ebony 
spleenwort, look for a smooth, glossy red-brown stem. The fertile 
fronds (female) grow very erect, while the sterile fronds are shorter and more 
horizontal.

These can be used in terrariums but may need trimming back in the Spring.

Habitat: rocky woods  Height: 15 inches

Persistence: evergreen  Location of spores: underside of fronds  

Stipe (leaf stalk): glossy red-brown, smooth, & brittle 

Growth pattern: asymmetric clump 




  

VINES/GROUND COVERS

 

Common Blackberry


Clusters of beautiful berries shown from the Spring Harvest!


Photo above is a plant shown similar to what you will be getting for the $2.49 price.


Photo above is one of my young blackberry patches that I ship plants from.

  

This photo shows my mature berry patch that I harvest berries from

Common Blackberry 

Branch Description:Tall, thorny, arching cane with palmate-compound leaves,

white, 5-petaled flowers and familiar fruit; flowers white to pinkish, 5-petaled, radially

-symmetrical 3/4 inch across, with many bushy stamens, in loose clusters; fruit

aggregate, black, elliptical, faceted, 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long; leaves palmate-compound,

 up to 7 inches long, 3 to 7-parted, leaflets sharply toothed, up to 2 inches long; stem

biennial cane trailing or up to 9 feet tall, arching, reddish-brown, sharply thorny; roots

 perennial. Wild blackberries are like the ones you buy, but better. Among the

best-known berries in America, you can find them wherever you live. The toothed

leaves are compound —divided into segments, called leaflets. Since the leaflets, like

your fingers, originate from a point rather than a line, the leaves are called palmate-

compound. Each leaf usually has 3-7 sharply-toothed leaflets.


Growth and anatomical description : Blackberries are perennial plants which

typically bear biennial stems ("canes") from the perennial root system. In its first year,

a new stem, the primocane, grows vigorously to its full length of 3-6 m (in some cases,

up to 9m), arching or trailing along the ground bearing large palmately compound

leaves with five or seven leaflets; it does not produce any flowers.

In its second year, the cane becomes a floricane and the stem does not grow longer,

the flower buds break to produce flowering laterals, which bear smaller leaves with

three or five leaflets.First and second year shoots are usually spiny with numerous

short curved very sharp thorns (thorn less cultivars have been developed purposefully).

Unmanaged mature plants form a tangle of dense arching stems, the

branches rooting from the node tip on many species when they reach the

ground. Vigorous and growing rapidly in woods, scrub, hillsides and

hedgerows, blackberry shrubs tolerate poor soils, readily colonizing

wasteland, ditches and vacant lots.

The flowers are produced in late spring and early summer on short

racemes on the tips of the flowering laterals.Each flower is about 2-3 cm

in diameter with five white or pale pink petals.The newly developed

primocane fruiting produces flowers and fruits on the new growth.


The blackberry is known to contain polyphenol antioxidants, naturally

occurring chemicals that can upregulate certain beneficial metabolic

processes in mammals. The astringent blackberry root is sometimes used

in herbal medicine as a treatment for diarrhea and dysentery.

 

Nutrients in raw blackberries Nutrient Value per 100 grams % Daily

Value Energy 43 kcal Fiber, total dietary 5.3 g 21% Sugars, total 4.9 g

Calcium, Ca 29 mg 3% Magnesium, Mg 20 mg 5% Manganese, Mn 0.6 mg

32% Copper, Cu 0.2 mg 8% Potassium, K 162 mg 5% Sodium, Na 1 mg 0%

Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 21 mg 35% Vitamin A, IU 214 IU 4% Vitamin

K, µg 20 µg 25% Folic acid, µg 36 µg 9% Carotene, beta 128 µg ne Lutein +

zeaxanthin 118 µg ne

 

Blackberries rank highly among fruits for antioxidant strength, particularly

due to their dense contents of polyphenolic compounds, such as ellagic

acid, tannins, ellagitannins, quercetin, gallic acid, anthocyanins and

cyanidins.

 

Blackberries have an ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of

5347 per 100 grams, including them among the top-ranked ORAC fruits.

Another report using a different assay for assessing antioxidant strength

placed blackberry at the top of more than 1000 antioxidant foods

consumed in the United States.

 

Nutrient content of seeds Blackberries are exceptional among other Rubus

berries for their numerous, large seeds not always preferred by consumers.

They contain rich amounts of omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) and -6 fats

(linoleic acid), protein, dietary fiber, carotenoids, ellagitannins and

ellagic acid.

You will be getting 1 plant which will be cut back and shipped bare root

just like my other perennial plants that I sell here. Remember the rooted

section is where all the plant life is. The third and fifth pictures above

show you the size plant I will be digging. They are at least 1-2 year old

plants and some may even be older than that. Price each is only $2.49

 

Japanese Honeysuckle

(Lonicera japonica) Bare Root 

This species is sold by American nurseries, often as the cultivar

'Hall's Prolific' (Lonicera Japonica var. Halliana). It is an effective

ground cover, and has pleasant, strong-smelling flowers. It can be

cultivated by seedcuttings or layering. In addition, it will spread

itself via shoots if given enough space to grow .You will be getting a

mature plant  shipped bare root with the roots wrapped in moist

packing material then bagged. During transit and planting it is normal

for some leaves to die/fall off.

This is a woody plant like the Virginia Creeper I sell. Some leaf drop is

normal. Keeping the plant well watered until new growth appears is 

the most important thing to remember. Within a few weeks new

growth will appear. Like the Virginia creeper, as the woody stem

touches the ground,it will produce  roots at each leaf node section!

Height:20-30 ft. (6-9 m) Hardiness:USDA Zone 4a: 10b Sun Exposure:Full Sun

Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer,Mid Summer, blooms repeatedly.

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds .   

 

Virginia Creeper 
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Grape family (Vitaceae)
This native perennial plant is a woody vine up to 60' long. It usually climbs up trees, shrubs, or fences, but sometimes sprawls across the ground, forming a ground cover up to 1' tall. The stems are initially green and hairless, but eventually they become brown and woody. The alternate leaves  usually are consisting of 5 leaflets (rarely 3 or 7).
 
Each compound leaf has a long slender petiole up to 6-8" long. The leaflets are up to 6" long and 2½" across. They are ovate or obovate and coarsely serrated (at least along the upper half of their margins). The upper side of each leaflet is dark green, while the lower side is light green and either glabrous or pubescent. The bottom of each leaflet is often wedge-shaped, while its outer margins may taper abruptly into a short blunt tip, or they may taper gradually into a long pointed tip. Opposite from the leaves, are branched tendrils that often terminate into flattened pads. These pads can cling to tree bark, wooden fences, brick walls, and other rough surfaces.


   


 

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