FWG Plant Sale 2012 Top Ten: #3 – Great Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)

We’re profiling ten plants available at this year’s Native Plant Sale which may be less well-known – but still very lovable! Why not consider adding one of these to your garden?

Photo by northcreeknurseries.com

Flowers: Blue to white

Height: 12-36” (30 to 100 cm)

Width: 8-12” (20 to 30 cm)

Light: Full Sun to Part Sun

Great Lobelia is a member of the Campanula family, hence its pretty, bell-shaped flowers. Profuse in blooming, the flowers are held atop tall, straight plants in clusters beloved by pollinators. Bumblebees and the odd hummingbird are known to enjoy a tipple from this plant!

However, Great Lobelia is also quite pest resistant, so no insect gets much of a snack from its leaves. This is because it contains a chemical compound, lobeline, which is even currently being used in medical research. Continue reading

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FWG Plant Sale 2012 Top Ten: #8 – Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor)

We’re profiling ten plants available at this year’s Native Plant Sale which may be less well-known – but still very lovable! Why not consider adding one of these to your garden?

Flowers: Blue with yellow and white

Height: 15-35” (60 to 90 cm)

Width: 4-12″ (10-30 cm)

Light: Sun

Blue can be a difficult colour to source in a native garden, but the beautiful Blue Flag Iris does just that with panache – and it throws in a bit of yellow for flair! A wetland plant, this iris likes moister sites where its roots can be in damp soil. However, we find it does well in regular soil moisture levels, though it does not grow quite as quickly. Continue reading