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  • Coreopsis rosea Pink tickseed Z 4-8

    pink daisies with yellow centers from summer through autumn

    $8.75/pot

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    Dainty (appearing but actually tough) pink daisies with yellow centers from summer through autumn, very long blooming. Wonderful for rock gardens,  groundcover or front of border.

    Size: 10” x 12”
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained soil. Slow to emerge in spring so don't forget where it is.
    Native: Eastern No. America
    Wildlife Value: Attracts butterflies

    Coreopsis is Greek meaning “buglike” referring to the seeds looking like little black bugs.  Thomas Nuttall 1st collected this flower in 1815 about 20 miles NW of Savannah along the river.  He described its native habitat: “in open grassy swamps from New Jersey to Georgia…” William Robinson, father of the mixed perennial border called this “a neat and pretty plant.”  In 1913 Sanders wrote that it “make(s) a brilliant display of color (when) grown in masses in sunny borders.”

  • Cortusa matthiola Alpine bells Z 4-9

    Demure purple, drooping bells atop a short scape arising from a low carpet of foliage in May-June.

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    Demure purple, drooping bells atop a short scape arising from a low carpet of foliage in May-June.

    Size: 9” x 10”
    Care: shade to part shade in moist soil
    Native: Alps

    Discovered in a valley near Vincenza Italy in the foothills of the eastern Alps by Padua botany professor J.A. Cortusus. His friend Mattioli (1500-1577) named it for him and the species was named for Mattioli.  According to Mattioli women used the leaves to color their cheeks pink: “the leaves applied to the cheeks, and shortly removed, occasion a beautiful colour, resembling that from the finest rouge. . .” Gerard grew this in London in the 1590’s but it was “at all times rare.”    Profiled in 1807 in Curtis’ Botanical Magazine, plate 987

  • Corydalis lutea syn. Pseudofumaria lutea Z 4-8

    Yellow blooms from late spring - fall

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    Yellow trumpet-like clusters from late spring – fall. One of the few shade perennials that blooms non-stop.

    Size: 9-15" x 18"
    Care: part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Throughout Europe

    Corydalis is Greek for “lark” korydalos, referring to the shape of flower, a lark’s spur. Lutea means “yellow.” According to 16th century herbalist Culpepper, “Saturn owns the herb” so Corydalis lutea cured Saturn’s diseases of the liver, spleen, leprosy, scabs, itches, cholera, salty blood, jaundice, melancholy, plague, pestilence and red eyes.  The Greek Dioscordes claimed that it “hinders fresh springing of hairs on the eye lids.” Since 1800’s in U.S.

  • Corydalis ochroleuca syn. Pseudofumaria alba Z 4-8

    Creamy white flowers touched with yellow

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    Creamy white flowers touched with yellow from May to October.  One of longest blooming flowers for shade.

    Size: 6-12” x 12”
    Care: Full sun to part shade in well-drained soil
    Native: Balkans

    Corydalis is Greek for “lark” korydalos, referring to the shape of flower resembling a lark’s spur. Garden designer Gertrude Jekyll (1848-1931) planted Corydalis ochroleuca as a “wide carpet” under peonies in her spring garden at her home, Munstead Wood.

  • Dendranthema weyrichii syn. Chrysanthemum weyrichii Alpine daisy Z 4-8

    Pink or white daisies all summer and fall

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    Pink or white daisies all summer and fall. One of the best for groundcover, front of border or rock garden plant.

    Size: 6” x 18”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: East Asia & eastern Russia

    Collected before 1891

  • Dianthus carthusianorum Clusterhead Pink

    Deep reddish pink flowers atop wiry stems from June until frost

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    Rosy carmine pink flowers atop wiry stems from June until frost

    Size: 16" x 8"
    Care: Full sun moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Deer resistant & drought tolerant
    Native: Central and southern Europe
    Wildlife Value: attract hummingbirds

    Clusterhead pink may have come into gardens with the Carthusian monks in the 1100’s. American gardens since 1800’s.

  • Dianthus cruentus Blood pink  Z 5-9

    Clusters of deep pink to blood-red flowers on tall stems of grassy, blue-green evergreen foliage from June-August

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    Clusters of deep pink to blood-red flowers on tall stems of grassy, blue-green evergreen foliage from June-August

    Size: 2-3’ x 6-9”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil
    Native: Balkans, Turkey
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees & butterflies, Rabbit and Deer resistant.

    First described in Spic. Fl. Rumel. 1: 186 1843.

  • Dianthus deltoides Maiden pink Z 3-9

    Petite jagged-edged petals in early summer

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    Petite, jagged-edged petals bloom May-June & longer if deadhead   bright pink or white

    Size: 8”x 12”
    Care: Full sun well-drained soil
    Native: Scotland to Norway

    Theophrastus named Dianthus in the 4th century B.C., meaning “Jove’s flower.”  The common name “pink” is from “pinct” referring to the jagged edge of the petals. Deltoides refers to the inverted V-shaped pocket at the base of the petals.  In 1629 John Parkinson described the Dianthus:”There remain divers sorts of wild or small Gilloflowers (which wee usually call Pinkes) to be entreated of, some bearing single, and some double flowers, some smooth, almost without any deepe dents on the edges, and some ragged, or as it were feathered.  Some growing upright like unto Gilloflowers, others creeping… some of one colour, some of another, and many of divers colours.”  D. deltoides 1st identified in 1671 by Pinax.