Beatrix Farrand Plant Profiles


Astilbe chinensis var. davidii


Astilbe chinensis var. davidii – Chinese astilbe The species Astilbe chinensis var. davidii (syn. A. davidii) has slender-branching racemes of purple pink flowers that stand up to 4 feet tall. It tolerates drought better than most astilbes and thrives in sun or shade. This is a  .. Read More

Anemone 'September Charm'


Anemone hupehensis ‘September Charm’ Japanese windflower Anemone hupehensis ‘September Charm’ is a very vigorous, fibrous-rooted, mounding, Japanese anemone cultivar, which typically grows 3 to even 5 feet tall and spreads by creeping rhizomes. Single pure pink flowers (2-3 .. Read More

Acanthus Hungaricus


Acanthus hungaricus –bear ’ s breeches The broad lobed leaves of Acanthus have inspired important decorative features in Western art and architecture from ancient Greek columns on down through history. Its distinctive bold foliage is further enhanced in early summer when stiff  .. Read More

Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' - Japonese Windflower


Anemone x 'Honorine Jobert' – Japanese windflower 'Honorine Jobert' is a vigorous, fibrous-rooted, mounding, compact Japanese anemone hybrid cultivar, which typically grows to from 3' to 5' tall and spreads by creeping rhizomes. Single white flowers (2"-3" diameter) bloom .. Read More

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


Tatarian 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