The Persian Fritillary was introduced into English gardens in the late sixteenth century, but at the time did not capture the same attention as its cousin, the Crown Imperial Lily. This Fritillary’s unusual, deep violet blue flowers are perhaps more appealing to modern tastes. Bernard McMahon, Jefferson’s gardening mentor, listed the Fritillaria persica on his 1810 broadsheet.
Artemisia 'Parfum d' Ethiopia' Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 18 inches tall and wide New-for-2012 silver-leafed beauty looks beautiful with everything thanks to its soft, fine-texture, ferny foliage. It's more than a delight to the eyes, though --- you'll love the plant's sweet fragrance, too. Be sure to site it where you'll be able to brush your hand over the leaves to release the smell!
Euphorbia polychroma: An undemanding perennial, Euphorbia polychroma offers a pleasing contrast of colors on a neat, almost architectural form. It grows to about 15in and produces a splendid show in May from bright yellow bracts. Their color is long lasting, but changes to rose-bronze as they age above the green foliage. A sensational ground cover plant or accent in a sunny garden. Quite tolerant of hot, dry conditions (but not the heat and humidity of the South).