Plants for Hummingbirds

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  • Delphinium x formosum ‘Belladonna’ Garland delphinium Z 4-8

    June & repeat in September pale sky blue graceful, short spikes

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    June & repeat in September pale sky blue graceful, short spikes

    Size: 2- 3’ x 12”
    Care: Sun well-drained soil. Do not cut back in fall. Delphiniiums have hollow stems where moisture will collect and kill the plant (crown rot) over winter.

    Delphinium, named by Dioscorides, is Greek for “dolphin.” In 1597 Gerard wrote that the Delphinium leaf paralyzed scorpions and all venomous beasts. D. x formosum called “the finest garden hybrid” of the early 19th century. It was “raised by Mr. G. Moore, a nurseryman of East Dereham, Norfolk.” George Phillips, (1933). ‘Belladonna’ hybridized in 1800’s as cutting flowers. Blooms last long in the vase. In the July 1872 issue of “the Garden” Wm. Robinson called this “too seldom seen” and “a great ornament.”

  • Dianthus carthusianorum Clusterhead Pink

    Deep reddish pink flowers atop wiry stems from June until frost

    $8.75/bareroot

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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.

  • Dicentra spectablis Alba White bleeding heart Z 3-9

    Dangling alabaster, heart shaped blossoms

    $13.25/bareroot

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    May – June classic sprays of dangling alabaster, heart shaped blossoms. One of the best.

    Size: 36" x 18"
    Care: Part shade to shade in moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: Japan & China
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds
    Awards: England's Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

    Dicentra derived from Greek dis meaning “two” and kentros meaning “spurs” because the flowers have two spurs. Spectabilis means “worthy of notice.” This white form was available by 1877.

  • Dicentra spectablis Bleeding Heart Z 3-9

    dangling dark pink heart-shaped blossoms

    $12.25/bareroot

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    From May through June legendary dangling, dark pink, heart-shaped blossoms along 3′ tall sprays. One of the best spring perennials for shade.

    Size: 36" x 18"
    Care: Part shade to shade, moist to moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: China & Japan
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds

    Dicentra derived from Greek dis meaning “two” and kentros meaning “spurs” because the flowers have two spurs. Spectabilis means “worthy of notice.” A favorite garden plant in China for centuries before its discovery by Europeans. Plant hunter Robert Fortune found it growing on the Island of Chusan and sent it to the Horticultural Society of London in 1846. By 1866 the Bleeding Heart was available in America.

    **LISTED AS OUT OF STOCK BECAUSE WE DO NOT SHIP THIS ITEM.  IT IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT OUR RETAIL LOCATION.

  • Digitalis ferruguina Rusty foxglove Z 4-7

    Magestic, mottled rusty bells with brown speckled throats

    $11.95/bareroot

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    Magestic, mottled rusty bells with brown speckled throats clothe the spike in mid summer

    Size: 4-5' x 18"
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant
    Native: Southern Europe and Balkans
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit. Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden Great Plant Pick.

    This species in garden cultivation since at least the 1590’s. In early 1900’s Liberty Hyde Bailey called foxgloves: “old-fashioned and dignified… The word ‘fox’ is often said to be a corruption of ‘folk,’ meaning the ‘little folk’ or fairies.” Foxgloves reputedly had the power to ward off witches and return children kidnapped by fairies.

  • Digitalis grandiflora Yellow foxglove Z 3-8

    spires of buttermilk yellow bells with brown spots inside

    $11.95/bareroot

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    Early to midsummer spires of buttermilk yellow bells with brown spots inside, dress the flower spike

    Size: 36" x 18"
    Care: Part sun, moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: Europe to Siberia and south to Turkey
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds

    The word ‘fox’ is said to be a corruption of ‘folk,’ meaning the ‘little folk’ or fairies.  Foxgloves reputedly had the power to ward off witches and return children kidnapped by fairies. This species common in Elizabethan cottage gardens, 1590’s.

  • Digitalis lutea Straw foxglove Z 3-9

    creamy yellow, small bells encircle the flower spike

    $11.95/bareroot

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    Midsummer, creamy yellow, small bells encircle the flower spike on this perennial.

    Size: 24" x 12"
    Care: Part shade in moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant
    Native: Central Europe south to NW Africa
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds

    Liberty Hyde Bailey called foxgloves: “old-fashioned and dignified… The word ‘fox’ is often said to be a corruption of ‘folk,’ meaning the ‘little folk’ or fairies.”  Foxgloves reputedly had the power to ward off witches and return children kidnapped by fairies. D. lutea is mentioned in Gerard’s Herball (1632.) 

  • Digitalis purpurea Foxglove Z 4-8

    pink, purple or white spires of spotted bells

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    Early summer pink, purple or white spires of spotted bells. Beautiful.

    Size: 3-5' x 24"
    Care: Part shade moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant
    Native: Great Britain,west and central Europe east to Scandinavia, often escapes.

    Druids were fond of this Foxglove because it flowered at the same time as their midsummer sacrifice. First described by German physician and botanical author Leonhard Fuchs (1501-1566). Grown in Medieval gardens. The plant’s use as a heart stimulant was discovered in 1775 by English physician William Withering. The word ‘fox’ is said to be a corruption of ‘folk,’ meaning the ‘little folk’ or fairies,” having the power to ward off witches and return children kidnapped by fairies.  Cultivated in America since 1700’s, with the first documented reference of American cultivation in 1748 by Peter Kalm, a student of Linneaus and a Swedish botanist who explored colonial America for plants. Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.