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Gas plant bears wands of cupped pink or white flowers on shining dark green foliage in mid- to late spring. When in bloom, it's one of the showiest plants in the garden. It's also a charming cut flower.
The flowers give off a flammable gas, which is the source of its common name. The combustible oil may irritate skin, so if you have sensitive skin, wear gloves when working with gas plant.
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Purple gas plant
Dictamnus albus 'Purpureus' has purplish-pink flowers with dark veins and stems. As with all forms of gas plant, it is slow to establish. Zones 3-8
White gas plant
Dictamnus albus 'Albiflorus' has white flower spikes that develop into star-shape nut-brown seed pods in fall. Zones 3-8
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Perhaps the best-loved perennials, herbaceous peonies belong in almost every garden. Their sumptuous flowers -- single, semidouble, anemone centered or Japanese, and fully double -- in glorious shades of pinks and reds as well as white and yellow announce that spring has truly arrived. The handsome fingered foliage is usually dark green and remains good-looking all season long. Provide deep rich soil with plenty of humus to avoid dryness, and don't plant the crowns more than 2 inches beneath the surface. But these are hardly fussy plants. Where well suited to the climate, they can thrive on zero care.
Named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, iris indeed comes in a rainbow of colors and in many heights. All have the classic, impossibly intricate flowers. The flowers are constructed with three upright "standard" petals and three drooping "fall" petals, which are often different colors. The falls may be "bearded" or not. Some cultivars bloom a second time in late summer. Some species prefer alkaline soil while others prefer acidic soil.Shown above: Immortality iris
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