Garden Plants A to Z

Growing Tips for Flowers, Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruit, from A to Z

Agastache (Hummingbird Mint)
Agastache (Hummingbird Mint). Marie Iannotti

Whether you are looking for plant growing information or inspiration, you'll find a thorough list of plants listed here by the common and their botanical names.

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Abelia mosanensis  - Fragrant flowers cover this shrub in spring.

Abutilon - Called the flowering maple for its leaf shape. A hummingbird favorite.

Acanthus mollis - Leaves immortalized in architecture and tall spikes of purple flowers.

Aconitum napellus - This beautiful blue shade plant is poisonous.

Achillea - Rugged, yet beautiful yarrow is a top performer in heat.

Actaea racemosa - This imposingly tall plant is often called Cimicifuga

Adiantum pedatum - The twirling maidenhair fern.

Aeonium - Fascinating succulents with rosette flowers and long neck.

African Daisy - Cool season flowering Osteospermum

Agastache - A Mint Family Member that Hummingbirds love.

Agave - Spiky succulents that can live forever - almost.

Ajuga - One tough flowering ground cover.

Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' - A particularly attractive and well-behaved Ajuga

Allium - Deer resistant ornamental onions. Prettier than they sound.

Allium ampeloprasum porrum - A mouthful of words for delicious leeks.

Allium ascalonicum - Gourmet shallots are easy to grow yourself.

Allium fistulosum - Call them scallions, green onions, or spring onions, be sure to grow them.

Allium tricoccum - Ramps are wild leeks that are only available in spring.



Alchemilla mollis - Lady's Mantle has a unique leaf and flower color.

Aloe Vera - This is a handy succulent to grow, for sunburn and rashes.

Alyssum, Sweet Alyssum - One of the sweetest scented ground covers.

Amaryllis - Huge flowers grow from this huge bulb.

Amsonia - If you love blue flowers, there's a blue star for you.



Anacyclus 'SilverKisses' - A charming ground cover with ferny leaves and daisy-like flowers.

Anemone - These underused perennials bloom right up until frost.

Antirrhinum majus - Snapdragons are garden favorites with kids of all ages.

Apium graveolens var. rapaceum - If you love the flavor of celery, but find it hard to grow, try celeriac.

Aquilegia - The native columbine enchants in the spring garden.

Armoracia rusticana - Yes, even horseradish has a fancy botanical name.

Artichoke - You'd be surprised how many hardiness zones can grow artichokes.

Artichoke, Jerusalem - Grown for its tasty tubers.

Aruncus dioicus - Goatsbeard is a good description for this flower.

Arugula - One of the earliest greens in the garden.

Asarina - One look at the flowers will tell you why this is called the snapdragon vine.

Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly weed truly does attract butterflies by the dozen.

Asparagus - One of the best perennial vegetables.

Aster, New York - A hardy aster for a fall garden.

Astilbe - Spiky or fluffy, these are long blooming flowers.

Athyrium niponicum - Who can resist a Japanese Painted fern in the shade garden?

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Balloon Flower - Here's one balloon you don't mind popping.

Bamboo - They're not all the garden thugs they're considered.



Baptisia australis - It may be false indigo, but it's still true blue.

Basella alba -  When the heat sets in, this green makes a great spinach substitute.

Basil - The flavor of summer.

Bay Laurel - You can grow these trees indoors or out.

Beans, Green - Delicious, even when they're not green.

Beans, Lima - Slow growers that need a long, hot season.

Beans, Runner - For the vegetable garden or the flower garden.

Beans, Soy - Nutritious and easy to grow.

Bean Sprouts - Grow your own from all types of beans.

Bear's Britches - Tall, spiky purple flowers and classic architechtural leaves.

Beets - Grow them for both their bulbs and their leaves.

Begonia rex - Fascinating leaves in all sorts of colors and shapes.

Bellflower - Peach-leaved - A great bellflower for non-stop bloom.

Beta vulgaris L. subsp. cicla - Swiss chard is also known as silverbeet.



Black-Eyed Susan - A classic in every garden.

Black-Eyed Susan Vine - Dainty flowers and one tough vine.

Blanket Flower - These flowers bring the colors of the southwest.

Bleeding Heart - An ephemeral that delights in the spring.

Black-eyed Peas - Start your new year off lucky.

Blazing Star - Spikes of purple and white that attract monarch butterflies.

Blue Mist Shrub - Watch the bumblebees fall all over themselves getting to the flowers in fall.

Blue Star - True blue flowers and lots of sizes from which to choose.

Bok Choy - Probably the most popular Asian green.

Borage - A herb with the flavor of cucumbers and blue flowers the bees love.

Brassica napus - Rutabagas should be grown in more vegetable gardens.

Brassica oleracea - Cauliflower is not the easiest Brassica to grow.

Brassica oleracea L. subsp. acephala - Collards aren't just for Southern gardens.

Brassica oleracea var. italica - Broccoli is one of the most popular vegetables to grow.

Brassica rapa - Turnips are quick growing and even the leaves are delicious.

Brassica rapa subsp. narinosa - Less well know than bok choy, but just as tasty.

Brassica rapa var. chinensis - Bok Choy, anyone?

Brassica rapa nipposinica or japonica - One of the best leafy Asian greens to grow.

Brassica rapa var. pekinensis - Chinese or Napa cabbage is just slightly different from run of the mill.

Brassica ruvo - Broccoli raab isn't a broccoli at all.

Broad Beans - You can call them fava beans. These are an early spring treat.

Broccoli - Choose a variety that keeps producing heads.

Broccoli Raab - Not really broccoli, but much earlier and more prolific.

Bronze Dutch Clover - Looking for an attractive lawn alternative?

Brunnera - Beautiful leaves and a stunning blue flower in spring.

Brussels Sprouts - One of the few plants that gets better after frost.

Buddleia - Butterfly bush is a flowering plant that grows 6 feet in one season.

Bugleweed - A great ground cover, when you have lots of ground to cover.

Bugleweed - Dwarf 'Chocolate Chip'

Butterfly Bush - Butterflies love it, but it can be invasive in some areas. -

Butterfly Weed - Don't let the name weed fool you, you will love it as much as the butterflies.

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Cabbage - It's not the fanciest of vegetables, but what a great crunch.

Cabbage, Chinese or Napa - Long and sometimes even puckered, but always crunchy.

Cabbage - Ornamental - How many plants look this good after a snowfall?

Caladium - Some of the most beautiful leaves you'll ever see.

Calamagrostis x acutiflora - Feather reed grasses are some of the easiest ornamental grasses to grow.

Calendula - The pot marigold is lovely to look at and delicious, too.

Campanula persicifolia - The peach-leaved bellflower is among the best to grow.

Canna - For a touch of the tropics, grow some stately cannas in your garden.

Cantaloupe - Not the easiest melons to grow, but certainly delicious.

Capsicum Annuum - Sweet peppers comes in quite the array of colors and shapes.

Canary Creeper - It's really more of a climber, with flowers that could fool a canary.

Cardinal Climber - Bright red tubular flowers are popular with hummingbirds - and gardeners.

Carrot - Long, short, orange, purple, or red - what's not to love?

Caryopteris - The Blue Mist shrubs lives up to its name.

Catmint / Catnip - So much more than a cat treat, these plants deliver tons of flowers.

Cauliflower - Sometimes tough to grow, but so rewarding when it does well.

Celeriac - Certainly not the prettiest plant, but it has all the flavor of celery and it's much easier to grow.

Centaurea cyanus - Beautiful, blue cornflowers.

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides - Plumbago has sweet blue flowers and great seedheads.

Chamomile - This fragile looking herb makes a great tea.

Chelone - A late season flowering shrub with flowers that resemble turtle heads.

Chinese Foxglove (Rehmannia elata) - Not as hardy as true foxgloves, but it blooms much longer.

Citrillus lunatus - This crunchy, juicy melon is cool relief on a hot day.

Chrysanthemum - Would we know it was fall without hardy mums?

Cilantro - People either love it or hate it. Julia Child hated it.

Cimicifuga - Tall and imposing, these could be the backbone of the garden.

Cineraria stellata - A plant for warm cllimates, with huge heads of purple or blue flowers.

Clematis - There's a reason it's called the queen of vines.

Clethra alnifolia (Summersweet) - A native shrub with sweetly scented flowers.

Cobaea scandens - The most unusual Cup and Saucer Vine.

Coleus - These add color to both sun and shade gardens.

Collards - An easy growing leafy green.

Columbine - An alluring mid-spring bloomer that self-sows.

Comfrey - A great plant that also makes a great fertilizer.

Coneflower - A proven performer that now comes in colors other than purple.

Coral Bells - Once grown for its coral bell flowers, now also for its colorful leaves.

Coreopsis - Tickseed blooms its heart out and then blooms again.

Coriander / Coriandrum sativum - The leaves are called cilantro, but the seeds are coriander.

Corn - You don't know how good corn can be until you've had it fresh.

Corn Salad - Also known as Mache, this cold season green disappears in heat.

Cornflower - True blue wildflower.

Cosmos - A great self-seeder in colors from pastels to flaming orange.

Crassula - A family of succulents that includes the Jade plant.

Creeping Thyme 'Elfin' - A slow spreading ground cover with charming flowers.

Creeping Wire Vine - A dense growing ground cover that creeps over stones.

Crocus - One of the first and most welcome flowers of spring.

Cucumbers - Easy to grow, prolific, and tons of variety.

Cucumis melo - Canteloupes taste best when vine ripened.

Cup and Saucer Vine - Flowers that really do resemble tea cups and saucers.

Cyclamen - A flowering succulent that pops up in stores to tempt you during the holidays.

Cynara scolymus  - Artichokes are great looking plants that happen to be delicious.

Whether you are looking for plant growing information or inspiration, you'll find a thorough list of plants listed here by the common and their botanical names.

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Daffodils- A spring flowering bulb that seems to live forever.

Dahlia - Tender tuberous perennials that make great cut flowers.

Daucus carota - How many vegetables are as versatile as the carrot?



Day Lily - The flowers only last a single day, but there are plenty of them.

Deadnettel - Lamium makes a quick and attractive ground cover.

Diascia - This snapdragon cousin blooms best in the cool of spring and fall.

Deutzia gracilis Chardonnay Pearls® - A shrub with soft lime-yellow leaves and fragrant white flowers.

Dianthus sp. - Pinked edges and a sweet perfume.

Dicentra - Try both the traditional bleeding heart and the repeat blooming fringe leaf varieties.

Dill - You will want to succession plant this herb all summer, or let it re-sow on its own.

Dutchmen's Britches - A spring bloomer that looks like bloomers blowing in the breeze.

 

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Easter Lily - Will it bloom again outdoors? Let's give it a try.

Echevaria - One of the funkier succulent plants.

Echinacea - Coneflowers, whether purple or a surprising color, are tough customers.

Eggplant - There's a whole work of eggplants to choose from.

Eruca vesicaria - Fast growing and one of the earliest salad greens in the garden.



Eryngium planum - You'll recognize sea holly from the collar around its thistle flower.

Euonymus europaeus - Spindle bush is a favorite of some British gardeners.

Eupatorium maculatum - 'Gateway' is one of the most popular of the new Joe Pye Weeds.

Eupatorium purpureum - Joe Pye Weed is a tall, native plant with late season flowers.



Euphorbia - There are thousands of Euphorbias worthy of your garden, like Cushion spurge

Euphorbia hypericifolia - An unusual Euphorbia with an airy clover-like appearance.

 

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False Sunflower - Not as showy as annual sunflowers, but a bee and butterfly magnet.

Feather Reed Grass - Calamagrostis is one of the earliest ornamental grasses to grow and flower.

Flowering Maple - Abutilon has tissue-paper flowers and leaves that really do look like a maple.

Foam Flower - What a carpet of floating white flowers? This is it.

Fothergilla major (Bottlebrush or Large Fothergilla) - Pretty enough in flower, but just wait for the fall color.

Four O'Clocks - Brightly hued flowers that open late in the afternoon.

Flowering Tobacco - Look for the fragrant varieties of this quick growing annual.

 

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Gaillardia - Blanket flower has the colors of a glorious sunset.

Galanthus - Snowdrops earn their name in their looks and also in how early they bloom.

Garlic - Seriously, is there any vegetable garden that doesn't need garlic in it?

Gaura lindheimeri - Wandflowers flit about on long, slender stems.

Gay Feather - Liatrus does kind of resemble a feather duster, and the butterflies love it.

Geranium sanguineum (True Geranium) - Pretty flowers early in the season and bright red foliage in fall.



Geranium, scented - The flowers aren't much, but the leaves can mimic just about any fragrance.
Geranium, zonal

Gerbera jamesonii (Gerber Daisy) - These are some of the boldest colors you will find in a flower.

Giant Fleece Flower - Shoots up 6 feet in spring and bursts into a cloud of white flowers.

Glandularia canadensis - Cascading rose verbena has pretty clusters of lavender or pink flowers.

Glycine max - You can grow your own soybeans.

Goat's Beard -  Much prettier than it sounds. A tall plant with huge spikes of white flowers.

Gourds - There's an ornamental gourd to appeal to everyone and they're super easy to grow.

Whether you are looking for plant growing information or inspiration, you'll find a thorough list of plants listed here by the common and their botanical names.

 

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Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ - Golden Japanese Forest Grass is an eye-catcher.

Helenium autumnale - Late blooming daisy-like flowers in jewel tone colors.

Helianthus annuus - Sunflowers are an emblem of summer.

- Not as showy as their sunflower cousins, but perennial and dependable.

Helianthus tuberosus - A tall, beautiful flower with a delicious root.

Heliopsis helianthoides - Not as showy as annual sunflowers, but the false sunflower is perennial.

Hellebore / Helleborus x hybridus - Nodding flowers that bloom for weeks.

Hellebore, Stinking / Helleborus foetidus - Don't let the word stinking scare you, these are charming.

Hemerocallis - Daylilies only bloom for a single day, but more keep coming.

Hens and Chicks - One of the prized succulents and extremely hardy.

Herniaria glabra - A ground cover with delicate leaves that spill over the path.

Heuchera - Coral bells now come in sumptuous colors and textures.

Hibiscus acetosella -  A tender hibiscus with eye catching foliage.

Horseradish - Careful, horseradish is delicious, but it can spread rapidly.

Hosta - A stalwart of the shade garden with an assortment of leaf colors.



Hot Peppers - Be brave and experiment. You'll love them.

Hyacinth - Hugely fragrant summer bulbs.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' - One of the newer hydrangeas with glowing green flowers.

 

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Ice Plant - Despite its name, give this plant plenty of heat.

Ilex verticillata -  Nothing beats the berry display of winterberry holly.



Ipomoea sloteri - With tubular red flowers, expect hummingbirds to visit your cardinal climber.

lpomoea tricolor - The ever popular morning glory.

Iris - There's an iris for every garden and every garden should have some.

Irish Moss - A soft carpet of green with delicate white flowers.

Isotoma fluviatilis 'Blue Star Creeper' - A tough little ground cover with blue flowers.

 

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Jacob's Ladder - Leaves like a ladder and early spring blue flowers.

Japanese Forest Grass, Golden - Slow to grow, but worth the wait.

Japanese Painted Fern - Adds color, texture, and elegance to the shade garden.

Jerusalem Artichoke - Grow it for its delicious tubers or its pretty flowers.

Joe Pye Weed - This tall native plant blooms at the end of the season, when we need it.

Johnny Jump Up - A carefree viola that sows itself around and is even edible.

 

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Kale - Once a forage crop, now the darling of the table. (Try it. It's good. I promise.)

Kalette - A fun cross between kale and Brussels sprouts, with tiny flowerhead along the stalk.
 

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Lablab purpureus - Gorgeous vines with lavender flowers and deep purple pods.

Labrador Violet - A dark leaved violet that slowly spreads and self-sows.

Lady’s Mantle - The chartreuse flowers are one of a kind.



Lamb's Ear - Soft, fuzzy, gray leaves make this a popular edging plant.

Lamium - An fast spreading ground cover with silver variegated leaves.

Lampranthus - Ice plants don't really like it cool.

Lantana - Clusters of yummy sherbert colored flowers

Laurentia 'Blue Star Creeper' - Pretty blue flowers cover this tough spreading ground cover.

Laurus nobilis - Sweet bay can be grown indoors or out.

Lavender - One of the most popular plants to grow.

Leadwort

Leek - You can harvest leeks until the ground freezes solid.

Lenten Rose - Hellebores are slow to establish, but stick around forever.

Leptinella squalida - A ground cover with ferny leaves that makes a good lawn substitute.

Lettuce - There are thousands of lettuce vareites and they're all better freshly picked.

Leucanthemum x superbum - There's a reason Shasta daisies are such popular plants.



Liatris - These spiky purple or white flowers are monarch butterfly favorites.

Lilacs - When the lilacs bloom, you can smell it throughout the neighborhood.

Lilium / Lily - Considered one of the most elegant plants - yet so easy to grow.

Lima Bean - Even the kids might like them, if you grow your own.

Lobularia maritima - Sweet alyssum is a low growing, highly fragrant plant.

Long Beans - You can call them yard long or asparagus, these are delicious beans.

Lotus - Water lotus seems exotic, but virtually grows itself.

Lotus corniculatus 'Plenus' - An easy growing ground cover that makes a nice lawn substitute.

Lungwort - Pulmonaria is one of the earliest flowers to bloom. Many have variegated leaves all season.

Lupinus (Lupin) - Watch the long panicles of lupin flowers open from the bottom of the stalk upward.

 

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Mache - Also called corn salad, this is one of the first greens of spring.

Maidenhair Fern - A delicate native fern with a pinwheel shape.

Malabar Spinach - A pretty, vining plant that makes a good substitue for spinach.

Marigolds - Garden workhorses that don't even asked to be deadheaded.

Mazus reptans 'Purple' - The blue flowers of this ground cover bloom as early as daffodils.

Mealy Cup Sage - Nothing mealy about these flowers, that repeat bloom all summer.

Microgreens - They're almost instant gratification, especially in winter when greens are in short supply.

Miniature Rose - All the charm of a rose bush, in a compact form.

Mint - You never have a little mint, but when you need it, it's nice to know it's there.

Mirabilis jalapa - Four o'clocks bide their time until late afternoon, then surprise you with flowers.

Mizuna - A quick growing Asian green to use fresh or cooked.

Monkshood - A beautiful blue shade plant that is very toxic, if eaten or touched.

Morning Glory - An old-fashioned vine with flowers that bloom early in the day.

Mount Atlas Daisy - A slow spreading ground cover with ferny foliage and small daisy-like flowers.

Muehlenbeckia axillaries - This ground cover form a thick, dense mat of foliage.



Mums - A harbinger of fall and Thanksgiving. Mums can actually be hardy in your garden.

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Narcissis - Daffodils bring the sunshine to spring.

Nasturtium - Jewel-toned flowers on mounding, sprawling plants. All parts are edible.

Nelumbo - Water lotus can become large floating islands.

Nepeta - Catmint is about as reliable a plant as you can find.

New Zealand Brass Buttons - This ground cover has fern-like leaves that turn brass toned in the fall.

New Zealand Flax - Phormium often gets relegated to the center of a container, but they deserve more.

Nicotiana - Go for the tall, white, fragrant variety.

Nigella - Love-in-a-mist has delightful flowers and equally enchanting seed pods.

Nymphaea - Waterlilies are surprisingly easy to grow.

Whether you are looking for plant growing information or inspiration, you'll find a thorough list of plants listed here by the common and their botanical names.

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Obedient Plant - Obedient, because you can bend the stem, but it can misbehave in the garden.

Oenothera macrocarpa/O. missouriensi - The Ozark Sundrop came recommended by a reader.



Okra - Okra is not just for Southern gardeners. Delicious, with stunning flowers.

Onion - What would you do in the kitchen without onions?

Onion, Ornamental - The pretty cousins of a kitchen staple.

Opuntia compressa - Prickly pear is such a hardy cactus, you can grow it down to zone 2!

Oregano - Keep this woody perennial herb hardy in the garden.

Oriental Poppies Hardy perennials with paper mache flowers.

Osteospermum x hybrida - The African daisy comes in unexpected color combinations.

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Pak choi - Grow your own stir fry.

Pansy - These cool weather lovers extend the flower gardening season.

Papavver orientale - Hardy perennials with a brief by ravishing bloom.

Paper Whites (Narcissus tazetta) - These narcissus may not be hardy, but they're super easy to force.

Parsley - Give parsley some respect and some space in your garden, to harvest all season.

Pastinaca sativa - Parsnips may not be as popular as their carrot cousins, but they're as easy to grow.



Passion Flower / Passiflora - Passion flower's exotic flowers and wispy vines will surprise you with their hardiness.

Parsnip - I predict well soon have a resurgence of interest in growing sweet parsnips.

Peas - Sugar snap, shelling, or edible podded - they're all delicious.

Pelargonium - Scented Geraniums - Is there a scent they don't mimic?



Pelargonium - Zonal Geranium - They're everywhere in the summer and they bloom all summer long.

Peony / Paeonia - Long-lived and highly fragrant - what's not to love?

Peppers, Hot - Go mild or go fiery, the choice is yours.

Peppers, Sweet - Frying, stuffing, crunchy raw, this is one versatile vegetable.

Perovskia - Russian sage flowers sneak up on you and then just keep getting more vivid.

Persian Shield - The iridescent leaves are like no other.

Petunia - Perennial popular petunias just keep getting better and better.

Persicaria polymorpha - Giant fleece flower impresses with its size and its large flower heads.

Phaseolus coccineus - Runner beans are beautiful and delicious.

Phaseolus lunatus - Lima beans need a long, hot growing season.

Phlox - No more powdery mildew problems with modern phlox.

Phormium - Spiky New Zealand Flax makes a fun focal point.

Physalis ixocarpa - Fascinating tomatillos are easy to grow and prolific.

Physostegia virginiana - The obedient plant doesn't always oblige.

Pincushion Flower - Aptly named and totally infatuating.

Pinks - Border pinks are prolific bloomers with a clove-like scent.

Plantain Lily - Hosta just seem to be essential plants these days.

Platycodon grandiflorus - Balloon flower's uniqueness is captivating.



Plumbago - Looking for a few weeks of blue carpeting? Try plumbago.

Polemonium caeruleum - Jacob's Ladder brings a flurry of blue to the spring garden.

Poinsettia - Keep your Christmas poinsettia blooming as long as possible.

Polygonatum biflorum - Arching Solomon's seal is a scene stealer in the woodland garden.

Poppy (Iceland) / Papaver nudicaule - Beautiful crepe paper flowers.

Poppy (Oriental) / Papaver orientale - Bold orange for a bold statement.

Potato - Try your hand at growing a different kind of potato.

Pothos - A houseplant that is almost impossible to kill.

Prickly Pear - This cactus can survive temperatures down to zone 2.

Primrose / Primula - Great spring with the brilliant shades of primrose.

Pulmonaria - Fascinating flowers that change color when pollinated.

Pumpkin - Grow your own, for pie or carving.

Purple Hyacinth Bean -Don't eat them, just enjoy their purple flowers and pods.

 

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Radish - Spicy and cool at the same time. Check out the variety.

Ramps - This early spring wild leek has festivals celebrating it.

Raspberry - Sometimes these are too easy to grow.

Rehmannia elata (Chinese Foxglove) - A repeat bloomer for warm climates.

Rex Begonia - Looking for a houseplant that provide color without flowers?

Rhubarb - The first "fruit" of spring.

Rose - Hybrid Tea - They've made it so much easier to grow roses these days.

Rose - Miniature - All the charm, in a pint size plant.

Rose - Rugosa - A rose bush that is never fussy.

Rose Verbena - Forms a mound of pink or purple flower clusters.

Rosemary - A beautiful herb, if a bit temperamental.

Rudbeckia - Black-eyed Susans are long, long bloomers.

Rumex acestosa / Rumex scutatus - Is it an herb or a leafy green? Either way, it's lemony good sorrel.

Runner Beans - Grow them for their flowers or their beans.

Rupturewort - A ground cover that earned the name 'green carpet'.

Russian Sage - Beautiful lilac-blue flowers in abundance.

Rutabaga - Don't turn up your nose, try them from the garden.

Whether you are looking for plant growing information or inspiration, you'll find a thorough list of plants listed here by the common and their botanical names.

 

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Sage - Salvia officinalis - One of the hardiest herbs and delicious, too.

Sage, Meadow - Salvia nemorosa - Blooms from last frost to first freeze.

Sage, Mealy Cup Sage - Salvia farinacea - Beautiful spiky flowers all summer long.



Sagina subulata - Soft and spreading iris moss.

Sagina subulata Aurea - Chartreuse Scotch moss is great for clay soil.

Salad Burnet - An underused perennial herb with the flavor of cucumbers.

Sambucus nigra - Black lace elderberry is like a black-leaved maple.

Sanguisorba minor - Pretty salad burnet is a mounding perennial herb that tastes like cucumbers.

Savory, Summer / Satureja hortensis- This sweet annual herb might remind you of thyme.

Savory, Winter  / Satureja montana - A perennial herb with a peppery kick.

Scabiosa columbaria - The common name "pincushion flower" is a more fitting description.

Scallions - The fastest, freshest onions ever.

Scented Geraniums - These fragrance mimics are ridiculously easy to grow.

Scilla siberica - Blue scilla bulbs are a welcome sight in the spring.

Scotch Moss - A bright yellow-green carpet.

Sea Holly - Steely blue thistle flowers with an unusual collar.

Sedum - Hardy succulents that give color and texture to the garden.



Sempervivum tectorum - Who isn't charmed by Hens and Chicks?

Senecio - A large and varied group of succulent plants.

Shallot - Why pay high prices when you can grow shallots in your own back yard?

Siberian squill - One of the first blues of spring. Great in the lawn.

Spindle Bush - A favorite of a British reader.



Sedum pachyclados 'White Diamond' - Low growing sedum with crystal white flowers.

Sedum spurium 'John Creech' - One of the best sedum ground covers, with purple flowers.

Shasta Daisy - A classic, with bright white flowers.

Snapdragon - Cool season flowers to start the season early or keep it going to frost.

Silverbeet - Swiss chard is one of the easiest cooking greens to grow.

Sneezeweed - Jewel-toned Helenium lights up the late season garden.

Snowdrops - Watch these diminutive white flowers push up through frozen ground.

Solenostemon scutellarioides - Color coleus are more popular than ever.

Solomon's Seal - An arching plant with dangling white flowers and almost black seed pods.

Sorrel - A perennial leafy vegetable with a lemony kick. Use is as a seasoning or a green.

Soybean -- Easier to grow than you might think.

Speedwell - Golden Creeping - It's the glowing yellow leaves that make this ground cover Veronica shine.

Spiderwort - A spring bloomer that will naturalize in the garden.

Spinach - You'll want to eat your spinach, when you grow your own.

Spurge - Not the prettiest name for a group of lovely plants.

Squash, Patty Pan - Fun shape. Great flavor.

Squash, Summer - You can never have enough.Go beyond zucchini.



Squash, Winter - Nice enough to keep around through winter.

Stachys byzantina - Fuzzy, gray lamb's ear delights children and gardeners.

Strawberries - One of those fruits well worth eating off the vine.

Strobilanthes - A beautiful iridescent accent plant.

Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) - Take a clue from the common name, this is a fragrant shrub.

Sunflower, annual - Does any flower represent summer as well as sunflowers?

Sunflower, False - Similar flowers, though smaller.

Sunflower, perennial - Not as flamboyant as annual sunflowers, but very dependable.

Sundrop,Ozark (Missouri Evening Primrose) - An easy growing ground cover.

Sweet Alyssum - Sweet alyssum has an abundance of tiny flowers and a huge fragrance.

Sweet Corn - You absolutely must try fresh corn at least once.

Sweet Pea - The queen of annual vines.

Choose the fragrant varieties.

Sweet Potatoes - You can grow sweet potatoes anywhere.

Swiss Chard - Beautiful, easy to grow, and delicious. Cut and come again all season.

Symphyotrichum novi-belgii - New York asters are a natural for the fall garden.

Syringa - Nothing compares to the scent of lilacs.

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Tatsoi - Similar to bok choy and even easier to grow.

Thunbergia alata - Black-eyed Susan vines can grow up, or tumble down.

Thyme - One of the most useful herbs and one of the easiest.

Thymus praecox 'Elfin' - Grown for its carpet of lavender flowers.

Tiarella - Foamflower has the great leaves of Heuchera, with better flowers.

Tickseed - Coreopsis flowers and then flowers some more.

Tomatillo - For salsa or roasted. A fascinating little plant.

Torenia - Cheerful 'clown faced' flowers that bloom with abandon.

Tradescantia virginiana - Spiderwort is an early spring bloomer.

Trefoil - Double Bird's Foot - A ground cover with yellow, pea-like flowers.

Trifolium repens Atropurpureum - Bronze Dutch clover needs no flowers to be attractive.

Trillium - Not all leaves of 3 should be avoided. Trillium is a woodland flower to seek out.

Tropaeolum peregrinum - Canary creeper is actually a vine with canary yellow flowers.

Tulips - Deer aren't the only ones who love these chalice-shaped flowers.

Turnips - Grow them for the bulbs or the greens, both are delicious.

Turtlehead - This late blooming shrub has flowers that live up to their common name.

Twinspur - Diascia forms a frothy mound of delicate flowers.

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Valerianella locusta - Corn salad is easily one of the earliest greens to grow.

Verbena bonariensis / Tall Verbena - Airy annual topped with clusters of purple flowers.

Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue' - Veronica plants are some of the best spiky blue flowers out there.

Veronica repens 'Sunshine' - It's not the flowers, but the glowing gold foliage that highlights this plant.

Viburnum - Great flowering shrubs with fruit for the birds and fall color.

Viburnum carlesii(Koreanspice Viburnum or Korean Spicebush) - A viburnum with a clove-like scent.



Viburnum nudum (Smooth Witherod Viburnum) - Fruits go from green to pink to blue to black.

Vicia faba - Broad or fava beans are one of the earliest crops of spring.

Vigna unguiculata - For luck, on New Year's Day or anytime of the year.

Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis - Yard long beans with lots of flavor.

Viola / Violets - Cheerful in all there many, many varieties.

Viola labradorica - Labrador violets have the bonus of dark bronze foliage.

 

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Wand Flower - Gaura flowers dance on long, delicate stems.

Waterlily - Beautifil floating plants that are easier to grow than you might think.

Watermelon - Nothing cools you on a hot day like watermelon.

Weigela florida My Monet™ - A small shrub with big impact from tri-color pastel leaves.

Weigela florida Wine & Roses® - Dark leaves and bright pink flowers really stand out.

Wildflowers - Not the easiest plants to cultivate, but worth the effort.

Winter Squash - There's so much more than pumpkins and they'll get your through the winter.

Winterberry - The abundant fruits persist well into winter.

Wishbone Flower - Torenia is a jolly little flower that blooms without restraint.

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Zinnia - What more can you say about a plant that laughs off heat and drought and keeps on blooming?