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.
From the Mediterranean region. Old-fashioned favorites,with narrow gray-green leaves and profuse, erec...
Native to Siberia. Sturdy, upright habitto 2–3 ft. high, 1 1/2–2 ft. wide.Dark green, oblong to lance-...
Native to Central America, West Indies. Easy-to-grow, dependable plants that bloom in summer and fall;...