Black-Eyed-Susan, one of our Northeastern natives, can light up a fallow field or lift a little corner garden from obscurity. I love it mixed with deep-pink and clear-blue flowers. And, as a self-sowing biennial, it ranks among the most helpful varieties for busy gardeners.
Calendulas make a cheerful show of orange, edible flowers from early-Summer to late-Fall. Commercially, the flowers and leaves are the active ingredient in soothing lotions. In the kitchen, add the saffron-colored petals, fresh or dried, to grains, soups and salads.
Calendulas make a cheerful show of flowers from early summer to late fall, in every shade of orange and gold. Commercially, the flowers and leaves are the active ingredient in soothing lotions. In the kitchen, add the edible petals, fresh or dried, to grains, soups and salads.
Hummingbirds, butterflies and many other pollinators are frequent visitors to Cleomes tall, deep-pink flowers. Drought- and heat-resistant, these robust annuals start the show in summer, and usually bloom well beyond the first frost. As a nice bonus, they are deer resistant.
Cosmos are late-Summer annuals that pink-up just as most other summer blooms are starting to fade. A great cutting flower, Gloria cosmos grow up to 5 feet tall, making them useful when naturalized with wildflowers, or massed at the back of the border. Grow them with Cleome, another tall, showy late bloomer attractive to Hummingbirds.
Perennial Blue flax is wonderful for meadows, drought-prone areas, and for erosion control: it thrives in poor, dry soils. The wiry stems of flax supply the fiber used to make linen, and the seeds are pressed to make linseed oil used in wood finishes.
These glorious, vivid blue flowers are best sown directly outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. When planted against a fence, arbor, wall or trellis, vines with attractive, heart-shaped leaves may climb 6 feet and beyond. Patience pays off midsummer with a mass of morning blooms which last all day when skies are cloudy.
Its easy to see why sunflowers are one of the few North American natives still in cultivation. Beloved by the birds and the bees, black oil sunflowers make an impressive showing with 10- to 12-inch flowers atop 5-foot stems.