“Old-fashioned favorites” – the flowers that graced our grandmothers’ gardens – were made popular in another era, but look just as beautiful in our own gardens today. Lovely ruffled peonies, majestic foxglove, charming columbine and stately spires of hyssop have stood the test of time, proving to be both durable and beautiful. If you want to add elegance to your garden, look for these “old-fashioned favorites” at your local garden center:
- Agastache, commonly called “Giant Hyssop,” sends tall spikes of fragrant flowers shooting up from mounds of deep green, heart-shaped leaves. Most commonly available in rich purples; a bright yellow Golden Jubilee Agastache was introduced in 2002 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 50-year reign. This sun-loving perennial is heat-tolerant and a magnet for butterflies and honey bees.
- Paeonia Peony, or Peony, features huge beautiful blooms of densely ruffled flowers in shades of pink, deep red or white surrounded by attractive green foliage. Easy to grow in nearly any location, this lovely perennial thrives in both full sun and partial shade.
- Papaver, also known as “Iceland Poppies,” open their slightly-cupped petals to reveal a burst of color. An excellent flower for naturalizing, this sun-loving perennial tolerates heat, drought and poor soil. Try planting Papaver en masse for a breathtaking display.
- Aquilegia, or Columbine as it is commonly known, have unusual bi-colored blooms and pretty, scalloped leaves that always attract attention. Loved by hummingbirds, these charming perennials thrive in both sun and partial shade.
- Digitalis, the common Foxglove, produces multiple majestic spikes of bell-shaped flowers that attract hummingbirds. This showy perennial easily adapts to most soil types.