Name Lady Banks Rose
Genus/Species Rosa banksiae
Family Rosaceae
Type Evregreen climber, deciduous in colder areas
Origin China
General Favorite display of yellow roses
Use Climber for trellis or building, intense ground cover
Zones 2 - 24
Sun Full
Water Regular, deep watering preferred
Soil Average
Size To twenty feet or more, over years becomes immense
Leaf Small standard rose leaf, thornless
Flower Nose gays of small yellow multi petaled roses
Bloom Early spring for several weeks. then it rains yellow petals
Seeds None
Feed Stamdard rose food
Prune Prune back as you would any rose, train as it grows
Prop Cuttings, soft to med cuttings
Enemies Aphid resistent, almost immune to disease
"In Search of Lost Roses" by Thomas Christopher has the following tale:

Mary Gee was a new bride in 1884 when her husband Henry moved from Scotland to Tombstone to supervise his company's mining interest. The young woman followed but she missed the cool, lush greenery of home. So she wrote to her parents for cuttings of the old white rose that grew in their garden. When the bits of rooted cane arrived in 1885, Mary planted one behind "Cochise House," the adobe boarding house where she and her husband had first stayed when they came to Tombstone. The American Rose Annual reported that this rose's trunk had reached a girth of ninety-five inches. Ripley's Believe It or Not and the Guiness Book of World Records took note of this floral monster, which now spreads its branches over eight thousand square feet to bear millions of blossoms annually.

My notes
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Name Lamb's Ears
Genus/Species Stachys byzantina
Family Labiatae
Type Perennial
Origin Caucasus, Iran
Use Tall ground cover
Zones 1 - 24
Attract Bees
Sun Full sun to light shade
Water Moderate
Soil Any
Size 1 1/2 feet tall x 1 1/2 feet wide, spreads easily
Leaf Velvety grey
Flower Spike with pink purple flowers, 2' tall
Bloom Summer
Seeds Profuse after flower
Prune Trim flower stalks to help control
Prop Seeds, division, transfer
Enemies Rabbits
Warning Invasive!!
Notes: Rains and winter make it look slushy, trim it up
Recovers well from just about anything
My notes This was planted in the front, ended up in the roses and the back...winds?
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Name Lavender
Genus/Species Lavandula - see below for species
Family Lamiaceae
Type Perennial bush or shrub
Origin Europe, Old World, Mediterranean, Asia, India
Hardy Very - drought, heat and wind tolerant
Zones 5 - 10
Use Culinary, craft
Attract Bees, butterfly, hummingbird
Location South facing wall best, north wall = short & later bloom
Sun Full sun, period
Water Average to low, excess water can cause death
Soil Well drained, compost, coarse, needs air
PH 6.5 to 7.5
Size Varies from 12" to 4'
Growth Average to slow, 3 years to reach full size
Leaf Varies - simple and pinnate, dissected
Flower Stalks
Bloom Spring to fall depending on species
Seeds In dried flower on stalk
Feed Compost
Prune Yearly after bloom, cut 1/3 of actual plant, leave wood and some leaves
Prop Seeds and cuttings, many seeds wont grow true
Enemies Heat combined with humidity, leave air between plants
Dangers .
Notes: Yellow leaves = ph imbalance, add compost
Avoid mulching too close to stem
If planting in pots, repot every year with new soil
Plant cools itself by releasing oils
Harvest in am with bucket of water to keep cool
Picture .
Winterizing Nothing special required
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English Lavenders Lavandula angustifolia cv. Early  
      Munstead Heat tolerant 18"  
  Hidcote Darkest 12"  
  Sachet Heavily fragrant    
  Vera Aromatherapy    
French Lavenders Lavandula dentata    
  Allardii Lavandula x allardii Long  
  Sweet Lavandula heteropylla Early  
  Goodwin Creek Lavandula x ginginsii    


Lavandula x intermedia Early  
  Grosso Heavily fragrant    
  White Grosso Heavily fragrant    
  Edelweiss Heavily fragrant    
  Provence Crafts, wands    
Other Lavenders      
  Wooly Lavandula lanata boiss Late  
  Spanish Lavandula stoechas Early  
  Yellow Lavandula viridis Early  

Name Lenten Rose
Genus/Species Helleborus orientalis
Family Ranunclaceae
Type Perennial
Aka Christmas Rose  is Helleborus niger
General Does not transplant well
Use Under canopies
Zones All zones
Sun Full or partial shade
Water Moderate to ample
Soil Organic matter helps
Size 2 feet, spreads
Plant Fairie looking
Leaf Dark green toothed
Flower Mottled white to green to purple, drooping
Bloom Early spring
Seeds In pods under flowers
Feed Once a year
Prune Cut off dead leaves
Prop Seeds, division
Notes: Transplants easier than the Christmas Rose but still very difficult
My notes Seeds are within pods on flower. When they become swollen with slightly reddish edges, pick and dry
the black shiny seeds.
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Leopard Lily

Genus/Species Belamcanda chinensis
Family Iridaceae
Type Bulb, perennial from rhizome
Aka Blackberry Lily
Origin Asia
General Distinctive flower.most effective planted in clumps
Use Naturalized garden, background filler
Attract Bees
Zones 1 - 24
Sun Full sun to partial sun
Water Regular
Soil Average
Size 3 - 4 feet
Leaf Sword like in fan groupings
Flower Six petaled 2-3" orange with red spots
Bloom Spring to summer
Seeds Black berries inside pods after bloom
Feed Standard
Prune Trim off flowers and pods after bloom or pod set
Prop Seeds, division
Notes: Easy to grow from seed
  Sparse plant, best in groups
Flowers are open only one day but continually bloom day after day
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Name Licorice
Genus/Species Glycyrrhiza glabra
Family Fabaceae - legume
Type Perennial herbaceous herb, dicot
Origin Australia, Americas, East Asia, Mediterranean
General Highly prized for medicinal properties
Use Roots/rhizome for flavour, medicinal
Location Up to 1200
Zones 5 - 9
Sun Full or partial, perfers full with lots of water
Water Moderate in mild sun
Soil Rich for long tap roots, high nitrogen, sandy, alkaline
PH 6.6 - 7.5, 7.6 - 7.8 (alkaline)
Size 4 - 6 feet
Growth Slow at first, can become difficult to remove
Plant Delicate stems with lovely branchettes
Leaf Light green ovals, 9-17 leaflet pairs on leaf stalk
Flower Tiny white to blue or lav sweet pea shapes in loose spires
Bloom Summer
Seeds Small reddish pods holding 2-5 blackish seeds
Prune Entire plant harvested in three years
Prop Soak seeds in autumn, sow in greenhouse, plant out in spring
Enemies Slugs
Dangers Excessive consumption = cardiac disfunction
My notes Slow to return each spring, late May to June
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Genus/Species Syringa vulgaris
Family Oleaceae
Type Perennial deciduous shrub
Aka Common Lilac, French Lilac
Origin Eastern Europe, the word lilac is traced to Persia
Use Old fashioned garden background, dyes (see notes)
Attract Bees, hummers
Zones 1 - 11, 14
Sun Full sun, light shade in hotter climates, sunny and warm is best
Water Regular
Soil Average to slightly acidic, well drained
PH 6.4 - 7.2
Size To 20' x 20'
Growth Moderate
Leaf 5" rounded simple ovate s
Flower Clusters 10" or more, legendary fragrance
Bloom Spring, not until its second year
Seeds Pods form after flowering, fruit capsules with flat winged seeds
Feed Standard
Prune Trim after flowering or seed collection
  Prune out suckers on grafted plants
Prop Seeds, layering
Stratify seeds for 4 weeks warm, 3 weeks cold. sow in March in cold frame
First winter = greenhouse if still small
Notes: Mild winters mean little bloom next year, stop watering to force into dormancy
Susceptible to mildew - needs air cirulation to prevent
Needs 2 - 5 years to bloom fully
Susceptible to mildew - needs air cirulation to prevent
Flowers & leaves= green dye, bark & twigs = yellow orange dye
Chew bark for mouth sores

Name Lily - Amaryllis Howardii
Genus/Species Amaryllis memoria-corsii Howardii
Family Amaryllidaceae
Type Perennial herbaceous bulb, evergreen when mature
Aka Amarcrinum memoria-corsii, crinodonna
Origin Hybrid between Amaryllis belladonna and Crinum moorei
General Lovely rare lily
Use Landscaping plant
Zones 8, 9, 12-24, hardy to 10°
Attract Bees, hummers, snails
Sun Full to partial, see notes
Water Moderate, can survive without
Soil Well drained
Size 2 - 3 feet tall, as wide in groupings of ten or more
Leaf Long wide swords, almost like paper, brilliant light green
Flower Three or more pink trumpets at the end of a leafless stalk, each flower on a 'finger' like a Naked Lady. Lightest pink to white and scented.
Bloom June, earlier in more sunny areas
Seeds Indivdual seed pods at the ends of the fingers contain seeds, dont dry them
Prune In winter the greenery gets slimy, cut to a foot above the ground
Prop Division or seeds or off shoots, new plants do not bloom for about two years
Gather pods and place them in new pots, roots establish in the fall
Enemies Snails
Danger Belladonna is poisonous, so this is as well
Notes: Western Sunset says get a off shoot from a friend as these are rare
My notes We had ours below an extensive Mulberry tree in complete shade.
We lost the branch last May, the lily leaves had dead edges but then she adjusted and did fine.
One bulb ended up in another location in sull sun, that produces a darker pink flower.
Seed pods -
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Name Lily of the Nile, Storm Cloud
Genus/Species Agapanthus oritentalis
Family Amarylidaceae
Type Evergreen Perenial
Attracts Hummers, bees
Sun Full to partial
Water Moderate
Soil Any
Size Plants rounds to 4 feet
Plant Rounded mass of sword leaves
Leaf Thick bright sword
Flower Deep purple blue trumpets  forming a ball on tall stalk
Bloom Summer
Prune None required
Prop Division
Enemies Snails
My notes
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Name Lisianthus
Genus/Species Eustoma grandiflorum
Lisianthis russellianus
Family Gentianaceae
Type Biennial, short perennial, herbaceous
Aka Texas Bluebell
Origin Garden types from Japan
Hardy Hardy in the cold, best where nights are warm
Use Cut flowers
Zones All
Attract Bees, Butterflies, Birds
Sun Full sun
Water Regular water, do not overwater? Remove trays!!
Soil Standard potting mix, good drainage
Size 12 - 18"
Plant Multi stemmed
Leaf Grey green
Flower Pink, purple, white
Bloom Spring, Summer, Fall
Seeds Dust like seeds
Prune Cut spent flowers for rebloom
Pinch for larger growth and bloom
Prop Sprinkle seeds on soil surface.
Soak well, cover with glass
Transplant at 4 leaf stage (2 months)
My notes I have killed these every year, try bringing them inside this winter?
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Name Loropetalum
Genus/Species Loropetalum chinese
Family Hamamelidaceae
Type Evergreen shrub, tender
Aka Chinese Witch Hazel, Chinese Fringe Flower
Origin China
General Excellent landscape
Needs protection in hard freezes
Zones 6-9, 14-24, borderline in 4-5
Sun Full on coast, partial shade inland. Avoid afternoon sun
Water Some summer water
Soil Rich, well drained, peat or gravelly also reported
Size 3 - 5 feet tall, 3' wide (reportedly 12' tall with age)
Plant Round lush bush
Leaf Round, soft light green, purple cast
Flower White to green clusters
Bloom March to April
Seeds Seeds pods form after flowers, contains millions of teensy seeds
Prop Seeds or cuttings
My picture of the seed pods uploaded Aug 10
My notes This plant is in almost complete shade and does well
Seeds sprouted after several weeks
Rubrium or Razzleberry has purple leaves and bright rosy pink flowers
Mine has yellow flowers and green leaves whose edges purple in the fall
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