Richie Steffen

Great Plant Pick: Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’

The variegated giant dogwood’s leaves makes it look like white frosting is spread over the branches.

Great Plant Pick: Geum ‘Double Bloody Mary’

The slug-resistant “Double Bloody Mary” geum flowers from early summer to early fall.

Great Plant Pick: Rosa ‘Golden Wings,’ yellow modern rose

“Golden Wings” is robust enough to support a small-growing clematis once it has been established.

Great Plant Pick: Polystichum polyblepharum, Japanese tassel fern

Japanese tassel fern combines well with asarums and Blue hostas like Hosta “Halcyon.”

Great Plant Pick: Rhododendron “Blue Danube,” evergreen azalea

What: Rhododendron “Blue Danube” is a selection of evergreen azalea that becomes covered with flowers in late April to early May. The large, hot magenta… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Primula gold-laced group, gold-laced primula

The eye-catching flowers of gold-laced primula have been cherished for centuries.

Great Plant Pick: Trillium grandiflorum

Trillium grandiflorum is a harbinger of spring in the eastern North American woodland.

Great Plant Pick: Buxus sempervirens, common boxwood

It’s an elegant shrub that has been used in gardens for centuries.

Great Plant Pick: Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Purple Prince’

What: Epimedium grandiflorum “Purple Prince” has striking dark red-purple flowers with white tipped spurs in the springtime. The leaves morph from green flushed with red… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue,’ speedwell

What: Veronica peduncularis “Georgia Blue” comes from the nation in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, not from the U.S. state. This cold and tough terrain… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Lathyrus vernus, spring vetchling

What: A little-known legume for the garden, Lathyrus vernus fills in the early flowering season and is extremely durable. The typicaly pea-like, purple flowers are… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Rhododendron ‘Snow Lady,’ dwarf rhododendron

What: Rhododendron “Snow Lady” is a smaller, mounding shrub with masses of pure white flowers in very early spring. The evergreen foliage is dark green… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Abies koreana, Korean fir

What: Aristocratic in appearance and slow growing, Abies koreana, commonly called Korean fir, has wonderful layered branches with deep green needles that have startling bright… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Ribes sanguineum ‘Pulborough Scarlet’

What: A cultivar of the native flowering currant, Ribes sanguineum “Pulborough Scarlet” was selected for its deep, cardinal-red flowers opening to a rich, rose red.… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Helleborus ‘Anna’s Red,’ ‘Anna’s Red’ hellebore

What: Red-violet flowers and new bronzy green foliage marbled with vibrant pink makes “Anna’s Red” hellebore a magnificent harbinger of spring in the winter garden.… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Crocus ‘Spring Beauty,’ large-flowering crocus

What: Crocus “Spring Beauty,” commonly called large-flowering crocus, are a harbinger of spring. They bring a burst of color to the garden in very late… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Prostanthera cuneata, alpine mint bush

What: Prostanthera cuneata, commonly called alpine mint bush, becomes a compact spreading mound in the garden. The tiny evergreen leaves have a refreshing minty fragrance… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Cryptomeria japonica ‘Cristata,’ crested Japanese cedar

What: Cryptomeria japonica “Cristata,” commonly called crested Japanese cedar, is one of the weirdest evergreen conifers you can grow. It has an attractive columnar form… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Eranthis hyemalis, winter aconite

What: Eranthis hyemalis, commonly known as winter aconite, is an enchanting member of the buttercup family with bright yellow flowers in mid-winter. Indeed, the cup-shaped… Continue reading

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

What: Witch hazels are renowned for producing flowers just when we need them most: winter. Hamamelis x intermedia “Jelena” produces large, coppery-orange flowers in early… Continue reading