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Darmera peltata (Peltiphyllum peltatum)
Umbrella Plant

One of the few western United States natives comfortable in the east, the Umbrella Plant is best suited for wet places such as stream banks and bog gardens. In spring, its big flowers attract attention. Later on the show centers on its 1- to 2-foot-long leaves, which are shaped like shields.  Keep soil moist.

  • Height: 2’- 6’ x Spread: 8’
  • Part sun
  • Zone 6-9
Datisca cannabina
False Hemp

This is quite an incredible plant in both size and stature.  It has tall, strong cane-like stems sprouting large, pendulous, terminal sprays of creamy-yellow flowers.  The foliage is flurry of palmate leaves that are light green and clefted almost to center.  It has a bushy habit.

  • Height: 7’-8’ x Spread: 8’
  • Full sun
  • Zone 5-8
Delosperma cooperi
Ice Plant

This is an attractive introduction from South Africa.  It is valued for its shimmering fuchsia purple daisies that keep coming all summer. A vigorous spreader, it forms a dense mat of succulent, linear green leaves, in any well-drained soil. Stop watering in midfall to harden for winter. This plant has become a staple in xeric gardens. It can even be planted to spread on top of gravel mulch.

  • Height: 2” x Spread: 2’
  • Full sun
  • Zone 5-7
Delosperma floribundum 'Starburst'
Ice Plant

‘Starburst’ is a succulent, mat-forming, ice plant cultivar that typically grows to only 4” tall but spreads to 20” wide. Foliage is covered with bright lilac-purple flowers (to 1.5” diameter) with white centers from late May to fall. Intensity of the flower color and length of the bloom enhances the ornamental interest of these plants. Succulent fleshy green foliage. Foliage is covered with transparent flakes that somewhat resemble tiny pieces of ice, hence the common name. Plants are evergreen in warm winter climates.

  • Height: 2” x Spread: 2’
  • Full sun
  • Zone 6-10
Delosperma herbaeu
Ice Plant

Solid silvery white star-like daisies bloom all summer on low creeping succulent foliage, excellent rock garden, dry site plant, blooms early summer to early fall.  Requires excellent drainage as do all Delosperma

  • Height: 4”-6” x Spread: 2’
  • Full sun
  • Zone 6-10
Delosperma nubigenum
Ice Plant

This is an outstanding ground cover and rock garden plant, recommended for its vigorous carpeting growth habit. The foliage is succulent and evergreen, with a bright red winter color. Blooming for a month in late spring, the plant covers itself with hundreds of yellow many petaled blooms. Not as heat tolerant as Delosperma cooperi because it comes from colder, higher mountains in South Africa.

  • Height: 2” x Spread: 2’
  • Full sun – part shade
  • Zone 4-7
Delosperma nubigenum 'Basutoland'
Ice Plant

Brilliant yellow single flowers are plentiful in May and June. Bright green foliage spreads to form solid mats in full sun to bright shade. A great plant for parking walls or medians.  It is easy to grow in the toughest situations.

  • Height: 2” x Spread: 2’
  • Full sun – part shade
  • Zone 4-7
Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko'
Dwarf Deutzia

A dwarf, dense, rounded, deciduous shrub which forms a graceful, spreading mound typically reaching 2' in height. Tiny (to 3/4" across) white flowers in small, upright panicles cover the shrub in early spring for 10-14 days. Medium green leaves turn an attractive deep burgundy in fall. More compact form than the species. Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. Prefers moist soils with high-humus levels.  It’s best performance flowering is in full sun but still blooms sparsely in some shade.

  • Height: 1’-2’ x Spread: 2’ -5’
  • Full sun - part shade
  • Zone 5-8
Dianthus deltoides 'Zing Rose'
Cheddar Pinks

This border carnation is a low-spreading perennial with a ground cover habit to 6 inches tall blanketed with clove scented, rose-red flowers late spring into fall. It has grass-like green foliage. Great in rock gardens or borders

  • Height:6-7” x Spread:10-12”
  • Part sun –full sun
  • . Zone 3-8
Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Bath's Pink'

This mat-forming dianthus (also commonly called cheddar pinks) produces numerous, fringed and fragrant, star-like, soft pink, 1" diameter flowers singly atop wiry stems (to 10" tall) arising from mounds of grassy, blue-green, linear foliage. Blooms in late spring with some intermittent repeat bloom in summer.  Provides masses of color and good contrast for the rock garden or small border front. Good edging plant. Dense mats may be grown together to form an interesting ground cover. May also be grown on difficult sites such as stone walls. Dianthus is also great for seaside or brackish water plantings as it is salt tolerant.  It is a terrific groundcovers with fragrant blooms for 4 weeks or more.

  • Height:1/2”-1’ x Spread:
  • Full sun
  • Zone 3-9
Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch'

This mat-forming cheddar pink produces numerous, scented, bright magenta flowers singly atop wiry stems (to 6" tall) arising from tufted mounds of grassy, deep blue, linear foliage. Blooms in spring with some intermittent repeat bloom in summer. Provides masses of color and good contrast for the rock garden or small border front. Good edging plant. Dense mats may be grown together to form an interesting ground cover. May also be grown on difficult sites such as stone walls. Dianthus is also great for seaside or brackish water plantings as it is salt tolerant.  It is a terrific groundcovers with fragrant blooms for 4 weeks or more.

  • Height:1/2”-1’ x Spread:
  • Full sun
  • Zone 3-9
Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Mountain Mist'

One of our most popular Dianthus for its larger soft pink flowers and silvery-blue foliage.  Blooms in spring with some intermittent repeat bloom in summer. Provides masses of color and good contrast for the rock garden or small border front. Good edging plant. Dense mats may be grown together to form an interesting ground cover. May also be grown on difficult sites such as stone walls. Dianthus is also great for seaside or brackish water plantings as it is salt tolerant.  It is a terrific groundcovers with fragrant blooms for 4 weeks or more.

  • Height:1/2”-1’ x Spread:
  • Full sun
  • Zone 3-9
Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Tiny Rubies’
Pin-Cushion Dianthus

A charming cushion of 1" foliage, covered with brilliant tiny double pink flowers. A choice dwarf plant or groundcover for a sunny area, great tucked into nooks and crannies.  Dianthus is also great for seaside or brackish water plantings as it is salt tolerant.  May also be grown on difficult sites such as stone walls. It is a terrific groundcovers with fragrant blooms for 4 weeks or more.

  • Height:1/2”-1’ x Spread:
  • Full sun
  • Zone3-9
Dicentra formosa 'Bacchanal'
Bleeding Heart

Dicentra can be rhizomatous or tuberous perennials with attractively divided leaves and pendent, heart-shaped flowers, usually in arching panicles or racemes. 'Bacchanal' is a spreading rhizomatous perennial with finely divided grey-green leaves and short racemes of nodding, deep crimson flowers in late spring and early summer.  Perfect for the cottage garden. .  It is deer resistant.

  • Height: 1’ x Spread: 3’
  • Part shade
  • Zone 4-8
Dicentra formosa 'Luxuriant'

A fern-leaf type bleeding heart with blue green foliage and ever blooming all summer raspberry colored flowers. This Dicentra is ideal for a cottage garden.  It is properly named formosa which is latin for beautiful.  It is deer resistant.

  • Height: 1’-1 ½ ’ x Spread: same
  • Part Shade
  • Zone3-9
Dicentra spectabilis

This species of bleeding heart has been a common, old garden favorite for many years which makes it perfect for historic garden restorations. It features graceful, soft green foliage that is less deeply divided than most other Dicentra species, and 1" long, rose pink, nodding, heart-shaped, flowers with protruding white inner petals borne on one side of and hanging in a row from long, arching, stems above the foliage in mid to late spring. The common name is in reference to the protruding inner petals of the heart-shaped flower which purportedly give the appearance of a "bleeding heart." The foliage usually goes dormant no later than mid-summer.

  • Height: 2’- 3’ x Spread: 1 ½’ – 2 ½’
  • Part shade - full shade
  • Zone 3-9
Dicentra 'Alba'

'Alba' is a white flowered form of the common bleeding heart.  It is a clump-forming plant which typically forms a foliage mound to 30" tall of graceful, fern-like, soft green leaves. Nodding, heart-shaped, white flowers (1" long) borne on one side of and hanging in a row on long, arching racemes above the foliage mound bloom in mid to late spring. These flowers look like tiny fairy dancers and are very attractive.

  • Height: 2’- 2 ½’ x Spread: 1 ½’ – 2’
  • Part shade - full shade
  • Zone 3-9
Digitalis grandiflora
Foxglove

Foxglove has a long tradition in the American cottage garden.  In particular, this yellow foxglove has been very popular for generations of gardeners.  It is a clump-forming perennial that is native to woods and stream banks from central Europe to Turkey and Siberia.  It has large, tubular, funnel-shaped, pendulous, soft yellow flowers (to 2” long) with interior brown markings bloom in late spring to early summer in wands over a foot long.   The plant is upright and leafy-stemmed rising to 2-3’ tall. Finely-toothed, medium green leaves about 10” long and 2” wide appear in rosettes and alternate up the stems larger to smaller from the bottom up. Individual flowers resemble the snipped-off fingers of a glove or a gnome’s hat.  Specific epithet is in reference to the large flowers of this species. Digitalis leaves are highly toxic to humans if ingested. Synonymous with Digitalis ambigua.

  • Height: 2’- 3’ x Spread: 1’ – 1 ½’
  • Full sun – part shade
  • Zone 3-8
Digitalis 'Mertonensis'

This variety produces 3' stalks of blossoms in strawberry shades which is a rarity in spike-shaped flowers. This sturdy hybrid is also one of the most perennial. Its foliage is always crisp and fresh looking.  A classic of the cottage garden, Foxgloves will wave their spikes in the breeze without staking. Ranging in color from creamy yellow, thru the pinks and roses to maroon. The tall flower spikes with charming tubular flowers add both height and vertical accent to your garden. Digitalis blooms will attract hummingbirds and bees, and the fact that deer do not like the foliage is an added bonus. Cut the flowering spike to the base as it finishes and several smaller spikes will appear, extending the bloom time. Leave new fall growth at the base of the plant to overwinter.

  • Height: 2’- 3’ x Spread: 1’ – 1 ½’
  • Full sun - part shade
  • Zone 3-8
Digitalis purpurea 'Excelsior Hybrids'

The flowers of Excelsior hybrids surround the wand-like stem with rich shades of pink to lavender pink, light pink, and pure white. This biennial form blooms in June and July and reseeds itself.  Digitalis comes from southern Europe and has some 20 species, mostly perennials. They grow either in sun or partial shade, which makes them ideal plants for woodland gardens. Foxgloves are easy and make excellent cut flowers if picked when the blooms are half open. Their real strength is in their dramatic and richly colored vertical accents.  Botanical architecture that is nearly impossible to duplicate with another genus.

  • Height: 4’- 5’ x Spread: 1’ – 2’
  • Full sun - part shade
  • Zone 3-8
Digitalis purpurea 'Foxy Hybrids'
Foxglove

Long spikes of lovely flowers in shades of carmine-red, pink, creamy-yellow or white grace this cottage garden favorite. This biennial Digitalis comes from southern Europe and has some 20 species, mostly perennials. They grow either in sun or partial shade, which makes them ideal plants for woodland gardens. Foxgloves are easy and make excellent cut flowers if picked when the blooms are half open. Their real strength is in their dramatic and richly colored vertical accents.  Botanical architecture that is nearly impossible to duplicate with another genus.

  • Height: 4’- 5’ x Spread: 1’ – 2’
  • Full sun - part shade
  • Zone 3-8

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