Look What’s Blooming Today!


I was once called a plant freak, and perhaps I am because I have never met a plant I didn’t like! So call me crazy (I can take it) I thought it would be fun to share a daily photo of what is looking pretty at GrG (Grass Root Gardens) this year. Most of the plants  featured on the ‘Daily Photo’ may be purchased at our Garden Centre/Nursery on Malden Rd. in Windsor, Ontario. Future plans to sell our organic plants and horticultural products online is in the works.

~ Lisa K.


August, 3, 2011

Perennial Plant_Rudbeckia Goldsturm_Black-eyed Susan

Nothing spells summer like Black- Eyed Susan! Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ or commonly known Black-eyed Susan holds the 1999 Perennial Plant of the Year for good reason! Glowing golden-yellow, daisy-like-flowers with black/brown cone smile brightly in the summer landscape, challenging the dog days of August to bring it on!

It is no coincidence this free-flowering perennial rudbeckia was aptly named ‘Goldsturm’ meaning ‘gold storm’. This perennial grows extremely well in areas of drought and hot sun, one plant can survive for years. I’ve a swath growing in the side garden at GrG which I planted in a foot of snow on December 21, 2002. Today in 2011 it still dazzles and delights me!  I look forward to its greeting every summer.

Plant in well-drained, sandy loam in full sun or partial shade. Easy to grow in most soils. Space 18-24″ apart. Grows 18-36″ tall. Flowers July-Sept. Hardy in Zones 3–9. *Disease and pest resistant. In my gardening books, that is one tough storm!

Did you know Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ was voted the best perennial of the past 50 years?



July 11, 2011

Platycodon-balloon-flower_sentimental blue_before

Platycodon-Balloon-Flower_Sentimental Blue before it pops!


Platycodon-Sentimental-Blue_Balloon-Flower rocks the pop star all summer!

July 8, 2011


Asiatic_Tango-Lilium-Starfire is from the Tango lilium series. These lilium are drop-dead gorgeous and the longest blooming lilium on the market today. 95 days of blooms at maturity. Height 36-42″



June 30, 2011


Hosta-Abiqua_Drinking Gourd-This stunning powder-blue hosta will take your breath away. Everything about it is magical and unique compared to other hosta. No other hosta owns such an interesting round, puckered, intensely cupped shaped leaf. In fact so cupped you may be tempted to drink from it! Upright white bell-shaped flowers June to July. Give Abiqua 'Drinking Gourd' plenty of room to glow in the shady garden. Five star specimen hosta!


June 29, 2011


Syringa-Lilac_Bloomerang Purple Re-blooming lilac blooms from spring and again from mid-summer to frost. Small habit fits into any garden. Good for cutting. Fragrant. Deer resistant. Height:120cm(4") Hardy in zones 3 - 7 • Attracts Butterflies & Hummingbirds • Best Seller • Cut Flower • Deer Resistant • Fall Interest • Fragrant Flowers • Landscape Plant • Needs Good Drainage

June 28, 2011


Hemerocallis-Daylily_Stella-d-Oro is an outstanding reblooming daylily. Its dwarf compact shape and long blooming time make this the most popular daylily on the market. Pest-resistant and drought-tolerant. Zone:3+ Height:40cm(18-22")

June 27, 2011


Perennial-Salvia_Caradonna-Intense purple-blue stems hold spires of purple flowers all summer. Very reliable plants. Drought-tolerant Zone:4-11, Height:45cm(18")

June 26, 2011

Elderberry_Black Lace

Elderberry-Black Lace

June 25, 2011

Artemesia-Silver Mound

Artemesia-Silver Mound


June 24, 2011

Hens-and-Chicks_Red Beauty

Hens-and-Chicks_Red Beauty

June 23, 2011


June 22, 2011

Asclepias tuberosa 'Butterfly Weed'

Asclepias tuberosa 'Butterfly Weed' - Orange flower clusters of butterfly weed add high-voltage colour in the sunny garden. Ask any butterfly why this is the top butterfly- attracting plant around! Perhaps they will tell you Milkweeds are the larval host plant for the Monarch butterfly and Queen Butterfly. Their nectar entices many other butterfly species and bees. Height: 2-3" (60-90cm), Flowers: mid-summer, Zone: 4 *Drought-tolerant & deer resistant*


June 21, 2011

Morning Glory 'Grandpa Otts'

Morning Glory Vine ‘Grandpa Otts’ (Ipomoea)

Morning Glory lives up to their name for good reason. This popular annual vine produces bunches of fresh flowers daily that open at dawn and close at dusk. Funnel-shaped flowers (2-5”) painted brilliant hues of deep blue, scarlet, pink, white, and light blue never fail to amaze. Gaze into one and you will see folds from the center to the outer edges form a five-pointed star. Heart-shaped leaves grace branches often-reaching heights of 10’ or more. Extremely versatile and fast-growing, morning glories will quickly cover any area. Pretty in pots, garden, covering an old shed, fence, trellised or as groundcover, glories are good!  Their only negative side is that they are an annual vine and have to be planted every year. Reseeding is common. Observe the leaf so you do not pull the seedling weeding in the spring garden. Collecting seed in the fall promises new plants for next year’s crop. Sow the following spring when all danger of frost is past. * Careful not to leave seed in reach of children and animals as the seed is poisonous.

Blooms mid-summer to frost. Full sun to part shade. Height: 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m) Space: 15-18 in. (38-45 cm)



June 20, 2011

Lillium Asiatic Tango Lily 'Honey Bee'

Lilium- Asiatic Tango Lily 'HoneyBee' Beautifully fragrant flowers look fabulous in containers, borders and as cut flowers. Plant them in full sun to part shade in good garden soil. Oriental Lilies bloom later in summer; these enticingly exotic beauties are spectacular in colour and flower size. Asiatic Lilies are more popular for their ease of growth but are equally exotic and outstanding in colour. Asiatics, depending on variety may bloom all summer. Pixie type and dwarf Orientals are naturally low growing, ideal for the front of the border, containers and planters. Are you yearning for the tropical look beside the pool? Lilies may be your answer!



June 19, 2011

Grass Root Gardens-Look What's Blooming Today

Asiatic Lily ‘Centerfold’– Sublime pure white flowers with striking,  short dark red markings in the center top stems of glossy, green, narrow leaves. Blooms for 85 days, June/July. Height: 90cm/36”, Zone: 3-8. Plant in full sun to part shade.



June 18, 2011

Lilium -Asiatic ‘Landini’

Asiatic Lily 'Landini' - The darkest lily on the market! Extremely dark red almost black flowers bloom abundantly on stately stems of glossy, green, narrow leaves. Flowers are large and fragrant with 8+ flowers per stem. Blooms for 70 days, June/July. Height: 115cm/48”, Zone 3-8. Plant in full sun to part shade.




June 17, 2011

Sundrops 'Oenothera missouriensis' (Ozark Sundrops, Evening Primrose)

Sundrops 'Oenothera missouriensis' -Native perennial (herb) flowering plant in the evening primrose family. Masses of large (3 inch) wide flowers are cup shaped, canary yellow and have a mild fragrance. Never bashful, blooms June/July. Seed pods are often used in dried flower arrangements. Height: 6-12 in. (15-30 cm) Zones: 4a to 8b *Drought-tolerant*


June 16, 2011

Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora)

Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora) Plant any blue hosta with Autumn Fern for a stunning combo. Shimmering coral and copper hues of Autumn Fern POP the aqua tones of Hosta 'Elegans' in the shade garden! 35cm tall. Hardy in zones 5-9 Shade to part shade(no hot afternoon sun).


June 15, 2011

Gaillardia 'Goblin' (Blanket Flower)

Gaillardia 'Goblin' (Blanket Flower) - Yellow and red bi-colour, daisy-like flowers bloom from June to Sept. Full sun to part shade. Excellent cut flower. Deer Resistant * Height 30cm Zone 3


June 14, 2011


Echinacea ‘Meringue’ This isn’t French meringue as this echinacea will never droop or fall! Meringue is on the shorter side (love that) for an echinacea at 50cm. Long pure white petals with a lemon-yellow pom-pom. Flowers July-Aug. Attracts butterflies!



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