Beatrix Farrand Plant Profiles


Yucca filamentosa, Adam's needle


Yucca filamentosa, Adam’s needle Yucca is native to the mid-Atlantic states though it is hardy farther north. Its spiky evergreen foliage creates a strong architectural statement in the perennial garden and its bold flowering stalk emerging in June can reach up to 6 feet tall and .. Read More

Valeriana officinalis - Valerian


Valeriana officinalis, valerian Valeriana officinalis is a hardy perennial with heads of sweetly scented flowers blooming in early summer. Valerian flower extracts were used as a perfume in the sixteenth century and the roots are still used today as a sleep aid. This common herb  .. Read More

Thalictrum pubescens, tall meadow rue


Thalictrum pubescens, tall meadow rue This 4-8 foot tall native perennial does best in part shade and moist soil and has interesting blue-green foliage throughout the spring and summer. Its cream-colored long-blooming flowers have numerous, showy, thread-like stamens in mid-summer whi .. Read More

Symphyotrichum ericoides, heath star


Symphyotrichum ericoides, heath aster This late blooming plant, formerly aster ericoides, is a lovely aster growing as wide and high as 3 feet. It is covered in small daisy like blossoms on multi-branched, dense sprays. It is a native of the eastern United States and Canada and grows  .. Read More

Stachys byzantine, lamb's ear


Stachys byzantine, lamb’s ear The common lamb’s ear with soft silver foliage is found as an edging plant in many of both Gertrude Jekyll and Beatrix Farrand perennial borders. This plant is easily grown in any average to poor garden soil that has good drainage. It has pink flower .. Read More

Stachys byzantina 'Helen Von Stein'


Stachys byzantina ‘Helen Von Stein’ lamb’s ears A mounding, large-leafed version of common Lamb’s Ear with large soft, silver leaves. Easily grown in any average to poor garden soil that has good drainage. It rarely flowers which is useful for us at Bellefield because we understand th .. Read More

Physostegia virginiana obedient plant


Physostegia virginiana obedient plant This long-blooming, spreading herbaceous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbaceous_plant) perennial (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perennial_plant) grows 2' - 3' tall by 2' wide, with white racemes of tubular flowers in mid-summer. The flowers are  .. Read More

Macleaya cordata


Macleaya cordata– plume poppy Plume Poppy is a giant background plant with handsome, deeply lobed powdery grey-green leaves, topped in summer by big blush to cream-colored plumes up to 7 feet tall. Grow in full sun to shade in any type of soil. Plants will spread very quickly to .. Read More

Lychnis flos-cuculi


Lychnis flos-cuculi, ragged robin Lychnis flos-cuculi forms a rosette of low growing foliage with numerous flower stems 2 to 3 feet tall. The stems rise above the foliage and branch near the top of the stem and end with the small pink flowers. The flowers have five narrow petals deepl .. Read More

Lychnis coronaria 'Alba'


Lychnis coronaria ‘Alba’, white rose campion Lychnis coronaria or rose campion is an upright, many-branched biennial (or short-lived perennial) with soft, wooly, silver-gray leaves and stems. The plant gets 2 to 3 feet tall and about 1 to 2 feet wide. In the second year of growth, whi .. Read More