Lenten Rose, helleborus orientalis, is a late winter flowering, clump-forming perennial native to the Levant (orient). It is so named because it blooms during Lent, and its color is Passion purple.
Muscari armeniacum, or grape hyacinths, are bulbous perennials native to Eurasia (like Armenia!). They are among the first flowers to bloom in Spring. Given the right conditions, they love to multiply and naturalize. Each of these clumps of flowers here at Gratus originated from a single small bulb, smaller than the size of your fingernail.
Jonquils are the first bulbs to bloom here at Gratus, as early as late January. They are bulbous, flowering perennials native to southwestern Europe. They naturalize nicely here in our climate, this clump arising from a single bulb!
The first ornamental to bloom each year at Gratus. The double flowering purple plum is a cross between Prunus mule, or Japanese apricot, and the cherry plum, Prunus cerasifera, from southwestern Europe.
Acer x freemanii is a hybrid of two common native deciduous trees of Eastern and Central North America: the Red Maple, acer rubrum, and the Silver Maple, acer saccharinum. This common selection provides the adaptability and rapid growth of the silver maple with the superior fall color of the red maple. One of the first trees to turn here at Gratus, and a favorite.
Cornus kousa, or Chinese Dogwood, is a small, deciduous flowering tree native to East Asia. It typically flowers later, up to one month, than our native dogwood, Cornus florida. Pictured here are the sweet edible fruits, looking so luscious in the early autumn.
Rhus copallina, or winged sumac, sometimes referred to as flame leaf sumac, is a small deciduous shrub/tree native to Easter North America. This particular impressive clone is known as “Lanham’s Purple” and is quite rare in cultivation.
Symphotrichum oblongifolium. Fall or Aromatic Aster. Hardy American perennial that blooms late summer into fall in shades of blue, lavender, and pink.
Digiplexis, an intergeneric hybrid between digitalis purpurea and isoplexis canariensis, is a tender perennial that unlike it foxglove parent, provides continuous flowering throughout the summer, as well as being more drought and sun tolerant!
Phlox paniculata. A perennial flowering plant from the eastern US, a beauty I fondly remember from childhood in Pennsylvania. It blooms in vibrant colors all summer into autumn.
Dahlia hortensis. A striking flowering herbaceous plant native to Mexico and Central America. It grows from tubers, not bulbs, which are different. Dahlias bloom all summer in a variety of striking sizes and colors and make a great cut flower. The Dahlia flower Is symbolic for the ability to draw upon one’s inner strength to succeed.