Roses

Rose Hips for Tea

Rose hips are high in vitamin C and make a citrus flavored tea. All roses create hips. The hip is the part of the plant right at the base of the flower and show themselves as round balls once the flower petals have dwindled away and fallen to the ground. The hip would normally be trimmed off while dead heading and discarded.

 

After collecting the hips and when you are ready to make tea it is best to slice the hips in half. You can remove the seed inside or leave it, it does not have a significant role in the flavor of the tea. If you decide to remove the seeds go ahead and remove them before drying the hips.

 

Rugosa varieties produce the best teas, according to my research and are very cold tolerant. Roses are bushes that will grow to six feet tall and need frequent trimming to produce more flowers.

Salvia

Salvia
Want your summer gardens to kick off with a bang and end with a grand finale? Then plant purple salvia, a beauty that’ll light up your yard all summer. Many gardeners know the plant for its red blooms (which has earned it the name firecracker plant), but the purple can be a great addition to the garden.
Common Names: Salvia, firecracker plant.
Botanical Name: Salvia splendens.
Hardiness: Grown as an annual in all zones.
Size: 8 to 30 inches high, 8 to 12 inches wide.
Flowers: Bright spiky clusters of tubular flowers. While typically red, some cultivars are available in orange, white, pink, lavender or blue.
Light Needs: Full sun. Where summers are hot, they’ll do best in partial shade.
Growing Advice: Sold as bedding plants. Plant at the same level as growing in containers and pinch tops to encourage branching. Mulch to retain moisture and keep soil cool.
Prize Picks: The Sizzler and Salsa series bloom in an interesting palette of colors, including excellent lavender and blue choices.

Want more purple plant ideas? Take a look at our Top 10 Plants for a Purple Garden list for more purple options.

Foxglove, Digitalis

Digitalis
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Foxglove
Digitalis purpurea (Common Foxglove)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Plantae
(unranked):     Angiosperms
(unranked):     Eudicots
(unranked):     Asterids
Order:     Lamiales
Family:     Plantaginaceae[1]
Genus:     Digitalis
L.
Species

Over 20 species, including:
Digitalis canariensis
Digitalis cariensis
Digitalis ciliata
Digitalis davisiana
Digitalis dubia
Digitalis ferruginea
Digitalis grandiflora
Digitalis isabelliana
Digitalis laevigata
Digitalis lanata
Digitalis leucophaea
Digitalis lutea
Digitalis mariana
Digitalis micrantha
Digitalis obscura
Digitalis parviflora
Digitalis purpurea
Digitalis sceptrum
Digitalis thapsi
Digitalis trojana
Digitalis viridiflora

Digitalis (play /?d?d???te?l?s/[2] or /?d?d???tæl?s/[3]) is a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and biennials that are commonly called foxgloves. This genus was traditionally placed in the figwort family Scrophulariaceae, but recent reviews of phylogenetic research have placed it in the much enlarged family Plantaginaceae.[1] This genus is native to western and south western Europe,[4] western and central Asia, and northwestern Africa. The scientific name means “finger-like” and refers to the ease with which a flower of Digitalis purpurea can be fitted over a human fingertip. The flowers are produced on a tall spike, are tubular, and vary in colour with species, from purple to pink, white, and yellow. The best-known species is the “Common Foxglove”, Digitalis purpurea. This is a biennial plant which is often grown as an ornamental plant due to its vivid flowers. These range in colour from various purple tints through various shades of light gray, and to purely white. The flowers can also possess various marks and spottings.

The first year of growth of the Common Foxglove produces only the stem with its long, basal leaves. During the second year of the plant’s life, a long leafy stem from 50 to 255 centimeters tall grows atop the roots of healthy plants.[5][6]

The larvae of the insect the “Foxglove pug” consume the flowers of the Common Foxglove for food. Other species of Lepidoptera eat the leaves of the Common Foxglove, including Lesser Yellow Underwing.

The term digitalis is also used for drug preparations that contain cardiac glycosides, particularly one called digoxin, that are extracted from various plants of this genus.

Habitat

Digitalis thrives in acidic soils, in partial sunlight to deep shade, in a range of habitats including open woods, woodland clearings, moorland, and heath margins, sea-cliffs, rocky mountain slopes and hedge banks.[4][8] It is commonly found on sites where the ground has been disturbed, such as recently cleared woodland, or where the vegetation has been burnt.[9]

Geraniums

This entry is from: Project Gutenberg’s The Botanical Magazine, Vol. I, by William Curtis

Geranium Peltatum. Ivy-Leaved Geranium.

Class and Order.

Monadelphia Decandria.

Generic Character.

Monogyna. Stigmata quinque. Fructus rostratus. 5-coccus.

Specific Character.

GERANIUM peltatum calycibus monophyllis, foliis quinquelobis integerrimis glabris subpeltatis, caule fruticoso. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 14. p. 613.

GERANIUM africanum, foliis inferioribus asari, superioribus staphidisagriæ maculatis splendentibus et acetosæ sapore. Comm. Præl. 52. t. 2.

A native of Africa, as are most of our shewy Geraniums, is not so tender as many others, and may be propagated very readily from cuttings.

A leaf, having its foot-stalk inserted into the disk or middle part of it, or near it, is called by Linnæus, peltatum, hence the Latin trivial name of this plant. It may be observed, however, that some of the leaves have this character more perfectly than others.

The African Geraniums differ much from the European, in the irregularity of their Petals, but exhibit the character of the Class Monadelphia much better than any of our English ones, having their filaments manifestly united into one body; this species has only 7 filaments bearing antheræ, but 3 barren ones may be discovered upon a careful examination, which makes it of the order Decandria.