Beatrix Farrand Plant Profiles

Narcissus 'Actaea'

The Poet's Narcissus, Pheasant's Eye This late-blooming narcissus is among the plants called for in Farrand's planting plan used to restore the Bellefield garden. Appreciated by the ancient Greeks, actaea may have reached the rest of Europe during the crusades; it subsequently enjoyed a long history .. Read More

Iris germanica var. florentina, Florentine Iris or Orris Root

This early-blooming iris is listed on the Farrand planting plans used at Bellefield both in the "white " and the " cream, blush and gray" borders. It has a very faint lavender coloring making it not quite white and it seems to change hue in different light sometimes apprearing almost gray. Nat .. Read More

Aster Tataricus, Tatarian Aster

Tartarian aster is a stately perennial with a flowering height of up to 6 feet, flowering longer than any other garden aster, beginning in late September and early October and continuing into November. The one inch-wide, light lavender flowers are a magnet for local and migrating monarch butterflies .. Read More