Soapwort, Bouncing Bet
Generally low-growing European natives, closely related to Lychnis and Silene. Easy to grow in well-drained soil. Useful in borders and rock gardens.Saponaria officinalis
To 2 ft. high,spreading by underground runners.Elliptical to ovate, darkgreen leaves. Loose clustersof inch-wide summer flowersin red, pink, or white. Rootscrushed in water produce adetergent-like lather. This is atough plant that has naturalizedin much of the West; before herbicides,it grew along railroadrights-of-way. ‘Rosea Plena’,with double light pink flowers,is the common garden form.‘Rubra Plena’ has crimsonblooms that pale as they age.
Pinkish purple flowers held on weeping, contorted branches; best with afternoon shade.
An ornamental grass ofdelicate, graceful form, thisMediterranean native is oftenplanted for its seed h...
Native to Japan. Slowlyforms a mound 4–6 in. high, 1–1 1/2 ft. wide. Blue-gray, slightlytoothed leaves...