Richie Steffen

Weigela florida "Variegata." (Richie Steffens)

Great Plant Pick: Put Latin name and common name here

What: Weigela florida “Variegata” is an old-fashioned garden shrub that has proven…

 

Lady tulip is cold hardy and, unlike most tulips, it doesn't need an extended "cold period" to bloom. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Tulipa clusiana aka the lady tulip

This tulip is cold hardy and, unlike most tulips, it doesn’t need an extended “cold period” to bloom.

 

The GPP for this Friday, April 23rd is Trillium sessile, commonly called sessile-flowered wakerobin and the image credit goes to Richie Steffen.

Great Plant Pick: Trillium sessile, toadshade, sessile-flowered wakerobin

This easy-to-grow plant emerges in spring with leaves that are mottled chocolate, green and mint in color.

 

"Lilafee" has multitudes of dainty magenta flowers with white-tipped spurs that hover above colorful leaflets. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Lilafee,’ fairy wings, bishop’s hat

This perennial has multitudes of dainty magenta flowers with white-tipped spurs that hover above colorful leaflets.

"Lilafee" has multitudes of dainty magenta flowers with white-tipped spurs that hover above colorful leaflets. (Richie Steffen)
The pink lobner magnolia has strap-like petals that drape over branches and quiver in the slightest breeze. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Magnolia x loebneri “Leonard Messel,” pink lobner magnolia

This magnolia features strap-like petals that drape over branches and quiver in the slightest breeze.

The pink lobner magnolia has strap-like petals that drape over branches and quiver in the slightest breeze. (Richie Steffen)
"Snowdrift" evergreen clematis gets its name from the profusion of small pure-white flowers that cover it like a sudden snow flurry. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’

This vine gets its name from the small pure-white flowers that cover it like a sudden snow flurry.

"Snowdrift" evergreen clematis gets its name from the profusion of small pure-white flowers that cover it like a sudden snow flurry. (Richie Steffen)
This Daphne's rosy-pink flower buds open to white, sweetly fragrant flowers in March. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata,’ variegated winter Daphne

This Daphne’s rosy-pink flower buds open to white, sweetly fragrant flowers in March.

This Daphne's rosy-pink flower buds open to white, sweetly fragrant flowers in March. (Richie Steffen)
The lily-of-the-valley shrub is smothered in snow-white flowers around this time of year. (Great Plant Picks)

Great Plant Pick: Pieris japonica ‘White Cascade,’ lily-of-the-valley shrub

The lily-of-the-valley shrub is smothered in snow-white flowers around this time of year.

The lily-of-the-valley shrub is smothered in snow-white flowers around this time of year. (Great Plant Picks)
Vilmoriniana’s needles are olive in color most of the year, but often take on bronze or purple highlights in wintertime. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Cryptomeria japonica ‘Vilmoriniana,’ dwarf Japanese cedar

The conifer’s needles are olive in color most of the year, but often take on bronze or purple highlights in wintertime.

Vilmoriniana’s needles are olive in color most of the year, but often take on bronze or purple highlights in wintertime. (Richie Steffen)
Bevis’ soft shield fern is a treat any maritime garden with light, open or dappled shade. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Polystichum setiferum ‘Bevis’ aka Bevis’ soft shield fern

This dark green fern with a feathery texture is a treat any maritime garden with light, open or dappled shade.

Bevis’ soft shield fern is a treat any maritime garden with light, open or dappled shade. (Richie Steffen)
Stern’s hellebore’s flower buds are flushed with deep red and open in late winter to reveal chartreuse interiors. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Helleborus x sternii aka Stern’s hellebore

This hybrid’s flower buds are flushed with deep red and open in late winter to reveal chartreuse interiors.

Stern’s hellebore’s flower buds are flushed with deep red and open in late winter to reveal chartreuse interiors. (Richie Steffen)
Fragrant sweetbox's tiny white flowers open to release a delightful perfume of sweet vanilla in winter. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Sarcococca ruscifolia aka fragrant sweetbox

Sweetbox’s tiny white flowers open to release a delightful perfume of sweet vanilla in winter.

Fragrant sweetbox's tiny white flowers open to release a delightful perfume of sweet vanilla in winter. (Richie Steffen)
Camellia × williamsii “Brigadoon’” blooms during the darkest days of February. (Great Plant Picks)

Great Plant Pick: Camellia x williamsii “Brigadoon”

Here’s a shrub that blooms profusely during the dark days of February.

Camellia × williamsii “Brigadoon’” blooms during the darkest days of February. (Great Plant Picks)
“Kramer’s Rote” is admired for its outstanding habit, evergreen foliage and vibrant flowers. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Erica x darleyensis ‘Kramer’s Rote,’ darley heath

This hybrid heath is admired for its outstanding habit, evergreen foliage and vibrant flowers.

“Kramer’s Rote” is admired for its outstanding habit, evergreen foliage and vibrant flowers. (Richie Steffen)
Common snowdrops are long lived and lend themselves to dividing and naturalizing in the landscape. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Galanthus nivalis aka common snowdrops

Once established, the bulbs are long lived and lend themselves to dividing and naturalizing in the landscape.

Common snowdrops are long lived and lend themselves to dividing and naturalizing in the landscape. (Richie Steffen)
"Diane" witch hazel produces dark copper-red flowers in winter, providing quite a show against its bare branches. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane,’ Diane witch hazel

“Diane” witch hazel produces dark copper-red flowers in winter, providing quite a show against its bare branches.

"Diane" witch hazel produces dark copper-red flowers in winter, providing quite a show against its bare branches. (Richie Steffen)
Persian violets feature white to pink to magenta flowers. All have purple markings at the base of the petals.(Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Cyclamen coum aka Persian violet

This winter bloomer features white to pink to magenta flowers. All have purple markings at the base of the petals.

Persian violets feature white to pink to magenta flowers. All have purple markings at the base of the petals.(Richie Steffen)
This dwarf Japanese cedar's evergreen foliage can take on a bronzy tone in winter if grown in full sun. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Cryptomeria japonica ‘Tansu,’ dwarf Japanese cedar

This compact conifer’s evergreen foliage can take on a bronzy tone in winter if grown in full sun.

This dwarf Japanese cedar's evergreen foliage can take on a bronzy tone in winter if grown in full sun. (Richie Steffen)
With its stately form and upright needles, the Bosnian pine adds an aristocratic air to the garden. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Pinus heldreichii aka Bosnian pine

With its stately form and upright needles, this conifer adds an aristocratic air to the garden.

With its stately form and upright needles, the Bosnian pine adds an aristocratic air to the garden. (Richie Steffen)
“Porter’s Red” heath — with hundreds of small, urn-shaped, magenta flowers — adds winter interest to the garden. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Erica carnea ‘Porter’s Red,’ winter heath

The shrub — with hundreds of small, urn-shaped, magenta flowers — adds winter interest to the garden.

“Porter’s Red” heath — with hundreds of small, urn-shaped, magenta flowers — adds winter interest to the garden. (Richie Steffen)