Plant Encyclopedia

An invaluable resource for new and experienced gardeners alike, our plant-finder tool enables you to search for care tips by plant type and other key characteristics. Use our Plant Encyclopedia to find inspiration for new landscape designs, planters and containers, raised garden beds, and more. Get details on classic favorite plants like hydrangeas, orchids, and ornamental grasses, as well as more unusual varieties to try, too.
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Spring Flowers to Spruce Up Your Yard

Peony

Known for their intense fragrance, these tough perennials will return year after year. There are many different types to choose from with different plant growth habits and flower types.
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Bleeding Heart

A classic cottage garden staple, bleeding hearts have long been a favorite in perennial gardens. It’s easy to see how these plants, with their heart-shaped pink or white blooms.
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Solomon's Seal

Solomon’s seal is a classic shade garden plant that adds an architectural component to garden beds, thanks to its arching stems. In spring, these stems become lined with small, bell-shape, white blooms on the undersides.
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Astilbe

Astible is a knockout plant, thanks to its ornamental, fern-like bronze-and-green foliage and its feathery plumed blossoms that look good both in season and dried for winter interest.
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Dianthus

The dianthus plant is the quintessential cottage flower. Dianthus, also called pinks, is treasured for its grasslike, blue-green foliage and abundant starry flowers, which are often spicily fragrant.
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Larkspur

Larkspur is a classic cottage garden staple that produces great cut flowers. With airy stalks of blue blossoms, this plant adds a gracefulness to any garden and looks good in masses or mixed with other perennials and annuals.
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Edible Garden Plants You Can Grow

Tomato

Tomatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Provide them with at least 8 hours of bright sunlight and a well-drained planting spot and you’ll enjoy your own juicy harvest.
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Lemongrass

Lemongrass has an intense lemony fragrance and is prized for its many uses, including teas and insect repellants. It adds texture to gardens—herb or otherwise.
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Favorite Annuals for Quick Color


Verbena

Verbena is the ideal plant to cascade over retaining walls, containers, baskets, and window boxes. As long as its soil is well drained, verbena will reward gardeners with countless clusters blooms all season long.