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!
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.
Vitex agnus-castus. A flowering tree from the Mediterranean, known to both the Romans and Greeks. Vitex in Latin means “weave” and agnux and castus mean “chaste” in Greek and Latin. Thus, it gets its name, the Chaste tree, for its purported aphrodisiac powers.
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.