(Painted Daisy), 24. Yellow-centered pink or rose-red daisies
arise from ferny foliage in June. Robinsons
Doubles are offered in 2003. Zones 3 8.
(Fringecups). Heuchera-like native sports creamy bells in
Spring. Shade and drought tolerant; a good form and texture
contrast to ferns. Zones 3 8.
TEUCRIUM (Germander). The shiny evergreen foliage of chamaedrys
(15) resembles boxwood and can be used similarly, as a small
hedge. Rosy flowers are incidental. Canadense
is similar, but prostrate. Hardy to Zone 3.
THALICTRUM (Meadow Rue). Family with columbine-like foliage,
generally blue-gray, topped by plumes of tiny flowers.
Thundercloud, 36, lilac-rose flrs June. Z5.
4 ft. Lilac-pink flowers JulySept.
This 4-6 gem reminds some plant nuts of Epimedium. One inch
wiry stems and delicate light pink flowers make it a joy all
summer. Zone 5, at least.
4. For the rock garden, sun or part shade. Z3-7.
(Lavender Mist), 5-8 ft. Red-lavender flowers, especially
good in damp part-shade. Love it! Z3-7.
THYMUS (Thyme). Large family of herbs. We particularly try
to carry some which are ornamental as much as, or more than,
culinary, including serphyllum
lanuginosus (Woolly Thyme), s.
Annie Hall, and
Highland Cream. Doretta Klaber forms a very tight mat.
Reiters Red is
minute, has cerise-crimson flowers. Herba-barona
(Caraway Thyme) is 4 - 5, has the scent of caraway seeds.
Take note of the mixed thyme groundcover surrounding Nick
Warners bocce ball sculpture in our Crabapple Beda year-around
source of pleasure to us. All hardy to Zone 4, many to 3.
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TIARELLA (Foamflower). 8-12". Maple shaped leaves and
spikes of foamy white flowers during May. A woods wild- flower
spreads by runners. Wherryi
is a non-running type. Running
Tapestry is a cordifolia
hybrid with deeply divided and patterned leaves, plenty of
flowers. Zone 2. Ninja,
Mint Chocolate, Tiger
Stripes, and Iron Butterfly have striking, mostly dark,
veins and blotches on the foliage. Heronswood
Mist is marbled creamy white. Tiarellas are hardy to Zone
TRADESCANTIA (Spiderwort). 18-24. This native pass-along
plant has finally gotten the hybridizers attention, resulting
in showier and better-mannered garden plants. All have the
rather odd three-petaled flower, and grassy/strappy foliage.
All are hardy, at least to Zone 4. Osprey
has a large white flower with a fluffy blue center. We all
agree this is neat. Other recent introductions are Concord
Grape (deep purple, red-green leaves), Little
Doll (dwarf at 12, with frosty light blue flowers) and
Sweet Kate (15
dark blue-purple flowers, gold foliage).
First bloom is late Spring, early Summer. Cut the plants
back to the ground after the flowers die, and you will get
fresh foliage and rebloom in late Summer. Preferring some
shade and moisture, spiderwort survives anyplace. It will
be a nuisance if you let it seed around.
TRICYRTIS (Toad Lily). Never mind the namean ad writer did
not choose it! This is one super late season plant. We grow
a stoloniferous species that reaches 24". The purple
spotted 1" flowers occur up and down the stem. They are
weird: like little orchids, but not quite. Interplant them
with a single-flowered pink Fall anemone. This part-sun flower
blooms in September. H.
Variegata has a white-edged leaf; Moonlight
has striking gold foliage. H.
Miyakawa is a September bloomer, white with purple spots.
and White Towers
are long-blooming (June through August). We first tried dilitata,
with pink flowers, last year. In truth, we havent yet met
a Tricyrtis we dont
hardy to Zone 3, others 5 or 4.
Purpurascens (Black Four-Leaf Clover). 4-6 groundcover
is chocolate-brown with light green edge. Striking in light
shade or full sun.
TRILLIUM. It's hard for anyone who grew up with a Central
New York woodlot to think of Trillium
as endangered, but all of its species are on the New York
State protected list. Too many woodlots are now suburban lawns!
We've propagated these for several years and offer a few of
the common white one (grandiflorum)
and the local red (erectum)
for sale each year. We also have limited quantities of nursery-propagated
(red bloom, marbled foliage, common name Toadshade).
TRITOMA. See Kniphofia.
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TROLLIUS (Globe Flower). 24". Buttercup cousin for moist
shadecolors from orange through lemon yellow to cream make
Golden Queen, Lemon
Queen and Commander
in Chief are offered. Our particular favorite is the light
Earliest of All
was new to us in 2002. Be warned, we probably wont have all
of these at the same time. Zones 3-8.
TUNICA. See Petrorhagia.