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Meadow rue

Thalictrum_ spp.

Like a scrim on a theatre stage, the elegant stems and fuzzy flowers of meadow rues create a delicate screen through which to view the rest of the garden. These often-towering plants are grown for their delicate leaves as well as their flower. They lack petals but have delicate and conspicuous stamens and, sometimes, persistent colored sepals that are attractive. Tall species are excellent in the back of a border or midborder in front of shorter but bolder plants, in wild gardens, or among shrubs. Put small species in rock gardens or troughs. Meadow rues prefer lightly shaded spots where soil is humus-rich.


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Columbine meadow rue
Columbine meadow rue
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium is an airy plant that can be put at the middle of the border in spite of its height. Its branched clusters of fluffy flowers are composed of showy lilac stamens atop 3-foot stems. The columbinelike leaves are bluish green. It is hardy in Zones 5-9.
'Lavender Mist' meadow rue
'Lavender Mist' meadow rue
Thalictrum rochebruneanum 'Lavender Mist' is a majestic species that bears clouds of lavender-pink flowers in summer over a mound of finely divided foliage. It grows 6 feet tall and 1 foot wide. Zones 5-9
Thalictrum kiusianum
Thalictrum kiusianum
Thalictrum kiusianum is a shade-loving groundcover with blue-green leaves topped by pinkish flowers in early summer. It grows 4 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Zones 5-8
'White Cloud' meadow rue
'White Cloud' meadow rue
Thalictrum aquilegifolium 'White Cloud' offers soft blue-green foliage and airy clusters of white blooms on 3-foot-tall stems in midsummer. Zones 4-9
Yellow meadow rue
Yellow meadow rue
Thalictrum flavum bears fluffy clusters of yellow flowers on 3-foot-tall stems in summer. Zones 6-9

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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.
Daylilies are so easy to grow you'll often find them growing in ditches and fields, escapees from gardens. And yet they look so delicate, producing glorious trumpet-shape blooms in myriad colors. In fact, there are some 50,000 named hybrid cultivars in a range of flower sizes (the minis are very popular), forms, and plant heights. Some are fragrant.The flowers are borne on leafless stems. Although each bloom lasts but a single day, superior cultivars carry numerous buds on each scape so bloom time is long, especially if you deadhead daily. The strappy foliage may be evergreen or deciduous.Shown above: 'Little Grapette' daylily
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
How can you not fall in love with a perennial that has regal blue spires? And monkshood is that plant. Relatively unknown, it deserves a lot more attention. It produces tall spikes of hooded purple, blue, white, or bicolor blooms in late summer to fall. When not in bloom, its mounds of coarsely lobed foliage look great, too.Plants grow best in partial shade, although in cool climates they will grow well in full sun. In dense shade, plants will become floppy. All parts of monkhood are poisonous.Monkshood dislikes hot weather, so it's usually not a great choice for gardeners in hot-summer climates.

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