LAMIASTRUM (Archangel) 12". Arrow-shaped leaves are
covered with a sharp white netted pattern. Quite long lasting
yellow flowers in Spring; foliage clumps attractive all summer.
Variety (selection?) is Herman's
Pride. For shade.
LAMIUM (Dead Nettle). A group of ground covers for medium
to deep shade characterized by white splashes of color on
green leaves and small snapdragon-like flowers. The species
is coarse and rampant but cultivars are neat and nice.
Silver. Typical rosy pink flowers
White. Bright gold foliage, white flower.
Pink. Soft pink flowers.
Red Nancy. More
dramatic rose-red flowers.
Flowers are white. Good variegation, best
groundcover, in our opinion. All hardy to Zone 3.
Solenopsis. Mat forming habit with small leaves, 1-1/2
light blue flowers; useful>
LAVANDULA (Lavender). 18-24". Flowers and leaves used
for sachets. We use it as an ornamental. To avoid woodiness,
cut it back by 1/3 each Spring. We always have Munstead
Our newest favorite is Fred
Boutin, with neatly compact and grayed foliage; it has
made stunning clumps in the bed at our entrance. Fred
is one of a crop of interspecies hybrids aiming to combine
the hardy angustifolia
with foliage variation and improved flowers of the French
species. Others we are trying are Provence,
Ice, and Walbertons
Silver Edge. Zone 5, warmer.
LAVATERA (Tree Mallow). Makes a splendid 5 - 6 ft. semi-shrub
for the mixed border. Flowers of the mallow type,
similar to hollyhock. Usually dies back to the ground each
year, which is why we include it with perennials. To Zone
Nicer than it sounds! 1-2 high mats of deeply cut fern-like
foliage which loves sun. For the alpine garden or in sidewalk
cracks. Platts Black
was new in 2002foliage holds its deep purple-bronze color
all summer; an excellent groundcover. Zones 5 9.
Strain. This Western North American alpine rewards us
with masses of 1 flowers for weeks, in sunset colors. Hybrid
Little Plum is
cross, growing to 6 and providing masses of plum-pink flowers
all summer. Perfect drainage required for lewisias. Zone 5
LIATRIS (Gayfeather, Blazing Star). 30-48". Fine lavender
or white spikes above a basal rosette of lance-like leaves
in early Summer. Individual florets look something like annual
ageratum. Vigorous and quick to multiply but not invasive.
Species are tallest. Purple cultivars Kobold
Violet are more compact. We also like prairie wildflower
(pink) and ligulistylus
(raspberry buds opening purple).
LIGULARIA (Senecio). Dentata
group (30-40) has large heart-shaped leaves on a plant best
suited to moist shade. We're still trying to sort out the
varieties, but our advice to savvy buyers remains the same:
Check them out after they have some growth, and buy the one
that suits your taste, never mind the name. We look for the
best purple leaf color on Desdemona
In 2003 we are offering our own selection, christened Shakespeare
in Love. It has the best color and plant habit we have
seen. Very limited! The flowers on the dentatas are raucous
2 3 gold daisiesquite a contrast. Zone 5.
The Rocket (to 72") is the best known ligularia--columnar,
with spikes of small yellow flowers. Hard to believe its the
same family, but it is, and requires the same moist shade.
Combine it with Cardinal Flower. Zone 5.
LILIUM (Lily). Bulb lilies are thought to be difficult, probably
because the bulbs never really go dormant and suffer if kept
out of the soil for long. We pot ours promptly on receipt
from the grower, and are thus able to sell them to you in
bloom. We always have some each of the early summer Asiatics,
the midseason fragrant Aurelians (trumpets), and the late
blooming Orientals, also fragrant. We always have Stargazer
and the sensational white Casa
Blanca. Otherwise, cultivars vary. The new, short Oriental
hybrids (24-30" instead of 6' plus), of which Mona
Lisa is one, are especially popular.
is for the rock garden6 mound, purple flowers over a long
period. Zone 5.
(Blue Flax). 30". Needle-like foliage bears many
3/4" light blue single flowers repeatedly all summer.
A short-lived perennial for sun, it usually self-sows.
LIRIOPE. See Ornamental Grasses.
LOBELIA. 24-36". Family of native wildflowers. Cardinalis
(Cardinal Flower) is a protected plant in the wild, but is
easily grown and available in nurseries. 36 spikes of bright
clear red rise above rosettes of lance-like shiny green leaves
in summer. Likes moist part shade; short-lived but self-sows.
(24") has blue flowers. Its a coarser plant but also
more vigorous; tolerates some sun and drier soil. The white
form is sometimes available. There is a raft of new hybrids
around: Dark Crusader
and Ruby Slippers
(velvety ruby red), Gladys
Flamingo (soft pink), and Grape
Knee-Hi (PPAF), 22 tall, with vibrant purple bloom mid-Summer
to mid-Fall. Species to Zone 3, cultivars at least to
LUPINUS (Lupine). 36-48". Member of the pea family.
One to two foot columns of blossoms above the somewhat lacy
foliage are very appealing. Plant where you want them; they
don't transplant easily. They do self sow easily and you will
have trouble keeping colors pure unless you deadhead promptly.
Lupines don't look so hot after bloom, so plant something
else in front of them. Perennis,
the Northeastern wildflower, is blue. The
Pages is carmine red; Noble
Maiden a pure white; The
Governor blue to purple. Sun.
LYCHNIS (Catchfly, Campion) May July. All Zone 4.
Vesuvius Brilliant red flowers like Maltese
Cross, purple foliage; made for the hot border.
(Maltese Cross). Scarlet flowers in Summer
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(Rose Campion). Felted gray leaves, bright
fuschia flowers. Self-sowing biennial.
Nana. 4 dwarf, red flowers May-June.
24". Shocking pink flowers, self sows like a weed.
fl.pl. 12" stalks, shocking pink double flowers,
(Skunk Cabbage). 20". Much prettier than its name is
this bog/streamside plant with yellow flowers like calla lilies.
LYSIMACHIA. Family of vigorous tamed wildflowers tolerant
of both shade and sun.
Atropurpurea (Purple Circle Flower). 36". Nodding
yellow flowers over bronze-red leaves.
(Gooseneck Loosestrife). 48" Curved white flower
heads in summer. Invasive.
Aurea (Moneywort) Flat gold groundcover.
(Circle Flower). 36". Yellow 1" single flowers.
and white variegated foliage.
PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE (Lythrum virgatum)
The common name loosestrife is applied to both Lythrum
species. All of the plants we list are good garden plants.
We do not list or distribute any lythrums,
even the so-called sterile varieties. This alien plant has
choked out thousands of acres of marsh-land natives. We now
have the chance to control>