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The Plants of the Day for June 2011

Below you will find an index of all the plants, flowers and trees that have been profiled as a
Plant of the Day at The Garden Helper during June of 2011

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June 1, 2011
Polemonium Brise d'Anjou
Jacob's Ladder
Polemonium

Jacob's Ladders are bushy, clump forming perennials that grow in swirling rosettes of bright green or variegated, fern-like foliage. Plants go completely dormant in the winter but quickly re-emerge in early spring, and in full bloom by early summer, producing loose clusters of tubular or bell shaped flowers
Hardiness zones vary
June 2, 2011
Catananche caerulea
Cupid's Dart
Catananche caerulea

Cupid's Darts are short lived perennials that form 12" clumps of 18"-24", narrow grey-green leaves that radiate out from the root crown. The single, 1"-2" flower heads appear atop leafless upright stems from early summer until fall. Excellent for flower arrangements and as dried flowers.
Hardy in zones 4-8
June 3, 2011
Aquilegia formosa
Columbine
Aquilegia formosa

Columbines are perennial native wildflowers with flowers ranging in size from 1"-3", in colors from black to white and every color in between.
The foliage is light and delicate. Columbines prefer light shade and moist soil.
Hardy in USDA zones 3-9
June 4, 2011
Siberian Iris
Siberian Iris
Iris siberica

Siberian Irises typically bloom during late May and into June in colors ranging from white to shades of blue and purple. They are very durable and extremely hardy plants. Siberian Iris Plants quickly form large clumps of 2-4 ft., deciduous, grass-like foliage. Clusters containing 2-5 blooms emerge on stems that may reach 5 ft. tall!
Hardy in USDA zones 4-9
June 5, 2011
Contorted Filbert
Harry Lauder's Walking Stick
Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Discover the true inner beauty of Harry Lauder's Walking Stick...
The fantastically twisted, gnarled, contorted, spiraling branches will quickly capture your imagination.
Hardy in USDA zones 3-9.
June 6, 2011
Caryopteris clandonensis
Bluebeard
Caryopteris clandonensis

Bluebeard plants are low growing, 2-3 foot shrubs that are covered with fragrant, blue flowers in late summer and early fall. The silvery green, 1"-2" leaves have a light aroma of Eucalyptus when rubbed. Bluebeard flowers are a favorite food for butterflies and bees.
Hardy in USDA zones 5-9.
June 7, 2011
Incarvillea delavayi
Hardy Gloxinia
Incarvillea delavayi

Hardy Gloxinia plants produce compact 12" clumps of deep green, deeply divided, fern-like leaves. From mid-spring until mid-summer, leafless, 12"-24" tall stems rise above the foliage to showcase clusters of 2"-3", yellow throated, magenta to pink or white, trumpet shaped blooms.
Hardy in USDA zones 6-10.
June 8, 2011
Rhododendron 'Polynesian Sunset'
Rhododendron 'Polynesian Sunset'
Flattened 6" x 8" trusses of 10-12, 3" funnel shaped flowers in shades of orange, peach and apricot. Slightly twisted, moss green, 5" x 1½" foliage. Blooms late May to early June. Grows to 4' tall and 5'wide.
Hardy in USDA zones 5-9.
Rhododendron Care
Pruning Rhododendrons
Transplanting Rhododendrons
June 9, 2011
Rhododendron 'Percy Wiseman'
Rhododendron 'Percy Wiseman'
Ball shaped truss of 13-15, funnel shaped, 2" pastel peach colored flowers that fade to a creamy white with a yellow center with age. Glossy, dark green, 3" foliage. Blooms from mid to late May. Grows to 3' tall and 4'wide.
Hardy in USDA zones 6-9.
Rhododendron Care
Pruning Rhododendrons
Transplanting Rhododendrons
June 10, 2011
Rhododendron 'Janet Blair'
Rhododendron 'Janet Blair'
Tall, domed trusses of 13-15 funnel shaped, frilly edged, pale pink, fragrant flowers with golden rays on the upper lobe, in late May to early June. Large, oval, dark green leaves. Grows to 6ft. tall and wide.
Hardy in USDA zones 5-9.
Rhododendron Care
Pruning Rhododendrons
Transplanting Rhododendrons
June 11, 2011
Rhododendron 'Manda Sue'
Rhododendron 'Manda Sue'
Trusses of 12-14, funnel shaped, 2" pearly white to light pink flowers with scalloped, pink to red edges that fade to white with age. Blooms in mid May to early June. Flat, 3½" to 4" long, light green foliage. Grows to 4ft. tall and wide.
Hardy in USDA zones 7-9.
Rhododendron Care
Pruning Rhododendrons
Transplanting Rhododendrons
June 12, 2011
Rhododendron 'Blue Jay'
Rhododendron 'Blue Jay'
Large, domed trusses of 12-15 pale lavender-blue flowers with a distinctive dark purple blotch from late May through June. Large, bright olive-green leaves. Heat and sun tolerant. Grows to 5'-7' tall x 5' wide.
Hardy in USDA zones 6-9.
Rhododendron Care
Pruning Rhododendrons
Transplanting Rhododendrons
June 13, 2011
Delphinium elatum
Delphinium
Delphiniums are stately, elegant plants that form mounds of maple-like or deeply serrated, dark green foliage. They produce tall spikes of showy flowers in late spring through to mid summer. Delphiniums range in size from less than 2 feet tall to towering 6 ft. spikes of cup shaped blossoms.
Hardy in zones 3-9
June 14, 2011
Laburnum watereri
Golden Chain Tree
Laburnum watereri

Golden Chain Trees are fairly ordinary looking plants when they are not in bloom... but... when the 12"-24" pendulous clusters of bright yellow, pea-like flowers open, the Golden Chain Tree transforms into a real traffic stopper.
Hardy in zones 5-7
June 15, 2011
Erodium reichardii
Alpine Geranium
Erodium reichardii

Erodiums are low growing plants that form compact, dense 12" evergreen mounds of tufted, dark green foliage with scalloped edges. From April until October they produce ½" saucer shaped, rose-pink flowers or white flowers with red veins.
Hardy in zones 7-10
June 16, 2011
Gaura lindheimeri
Butterfly Gaura
Gaura lindheimeri

Butterfly Gaura are shrubby, perennial wildflowers that are closely related to the Evening Primrose. From late spring until first frost, they produce 8"-24" spikes of 1" flowers that are white when they open at dawn and fade to rose-pink as the sun sets.
Hardy in zones 5-10
June 17, 2011
Geum 'Mrs Bradford'
Avens
Geum chiloense

Geums form 16"-18" tall, spreading mounds of evergreen, coarsly textured, dark green leaves. From May until July they produce leafy, 24" branching stems that hold intensely colored, solitary, 1"-1¾" flowers or small clusters of smaller, brightly colored flowers.
Hardy in zones 5-9
June 18, 2011
Foxy Foxglove flowers
Foxglove
Digitalis purpurea

The Foxglove Plant is a self seeding, biennial flower that is native to Europe.
These deer resistant plants are toxic but are a great flower for your Hummingbird Garden. The four to six foot spikes of bell shaped flowers appear in late spring to early summer
Hardy in zones 4-10
June 19, 2011
Acanthus spinosus
Bears Breeches
Acanthus species

Bear's Breeches are huge, mound forming perennials with dramatic, deeply cut, bright green leaves that can reach one foot wide and two feet long. From late spring until mid summer, they produce impressive, 2-3 foot tall spikes of hooded, white or light pink flowers.
Hardy in zones 5-10
June 20, 2011
Lamium galeobdolon
Hermann's Pride
Lamium galeobdolon

Lamium plants are clumping or spreading, semi-evergreen members of the mint family. They are known for their beautiful silver and green variegated foliage with toothed edges and the spires of dainty, hooded flowers that appear in late spring and early summer.
Hardy in zones 6-10
June 21, 2011
Bishops Cap Epimedium
Bishop's Cap
Epimedium alpinum

The Bishop's Cap or Fairy Wings is an excellent choice for any shade garden. These perennials will survive in the dry shade beneath a tree. The heart shaped, light green foliage is attractive the year round.
Makes a great ground cover.
Hardy in USDA zones 4-8
June 23, 2011
Oxalis adenophylla
Silver Shamrock
Oxalis adenophylla

Also known as Pink Carpet Oxalis, the Silver Shamrock is a very hardy, bulb type plant with beautifully pleated, silvery-blue foliage and pink flowers with violet-pink tips and cranberry centers from late spring into summer.
Hardy in USDA zones 4-10
June 24, 2011
English Daisy
English Daisy
Bellis perennis

Brightly colored, 2" flowers appear in succession on 6" stems from April through June.
English Daisies are excellent ground covers, border plants or for the rock garden, as well as for growing in containers.
Biennial, USDA zones 3-10
June 25, 2011
Zantedeschia aethiopica
Calla Lily
Zantedeschia aethiopica

Callas are rhizomous, clump forming plants known for their large, lush green foliage and beautiful, stately white, pink, yellow or red flowers. These Arums are worth growing for their long lasting cut flowers alone.
Hardy in USDA zones 8-11
June 26, 2011
Six Dahlias
Dahlias
Dahlia plants bring life and beauty back to your landscape in late summer and into the fall months. Dahlias make excellent cut flowers that typically last about a week in the house.
Hardy in USDA zones 7-11
June 27, 2011
Papaver orientale
Oriental Poppy
Papaver orientale

For generations, Oriental Poppies have been prized for their brightly colored, bowl shaped, 4"-6" flowers that stand atop 2-4 foot tall stems. These long lasting flowers have the texture of silky crepe paper, and are excellent for cutting.
Hardy in USDA zones 3-7
June 28, 2011
Astilbe
False Spirea
Astilbe chinensis

The fern like foliage and the showy plume flowers of False Spirea make them a favorite summer flowering perennial. The flower plumes appear in June and July. The foliage stays attractive through the summer, making them very effective as a border plant, in the shade garden, or at the side of your garden pond.
Hardy in USDA zones 6-10
June 29, 2011
Coreopsis grandiflora
Tickseed
Coreopsis grandiflora

Coreopsis plants form nice, slow spreading clumps of green, fern-like or thread-like foliage with profusely blooming flowers that stand above the foliage on long, wirey stems. Coreopsis are excellent border or rock garden plants, and are great for cut flower arrangements.
Hardy in USDA zones 4-9
June 30, 2011
Cornus canadensis
Bunchberry
Cornus canadensis

Bunchberry Dogwoods are probably the ultimate ground cover plants for growing in moist, woodland areas or in your shade garden. These short, bright green plants only reach six inches tall. They produce bright red berries that are eaten by many species of wild birds.
Hardy in USDA zones 3-8