Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) Native to the Mediterranean region. Perennial plant that flowers profusely in early summer. Flowers attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Seeds have tufts that allow for effective wind dispersal. Cut blooms before they go to seed to control dispersal. Leaves can be eaten fresh in salads or lightly boiled, roots can be […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber)
If you are looking for a food producing vine other than grapes to cover your arbor, consider using Kiwi fruit. Kiwi fruits are attractive deciduous climbing plants producing delicious fruit rich in vitamin C. They are vigorous plants which are easy to grow in a sheltered sunny position in the garden. Kiwi require a male plant to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Actinidia kolomikta (Kiwi vine) Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best foliage color in light shade. Too much shade or excessive fertilization may diminish foliage color. Prune to control size. If growing at least in part for fruit production, plant one male for every three to four females. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) Noticed this ground cover flowering in an Oak Bay garden this week. Very early and cheerful to see these bright yellow flowers so early in spring. The small plant belongs to the Buttercup family. Winter aconites are very beautiful with bright green leaves and yellow flowers. Bloom in very early spring, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Black medic (Medicago lupulina) Often confused with white clover, black medic has 3 leaflet, clover-like leaves. Low growing with trailing stems. Clusters of small, bright yellow flowers appear in late spring or early summer. See botanical illustration. Growth: An annual that can persist as a perennial, black medic is common in lawns from May through September. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.