Common Name: flowering crabapple Cultivar: Prairie Fire Family: Rosaceae Genus: Malus Type: tree, deciduous Flowering: April to May Hardiness: zones 3 - 7 Height: 15 feet Spread: 15 feet Soil: loamy, medium moisture, well-drained, acidic soil Water Use: average Exposure: Full sun Flower scent: fragrant flowers Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings, By grafting, By budding Attracts birds, bees and butterflies. Prune May to early June
Dianthus can be grown in full sun or part shade, but the foliage will not be as lush and fewer flowers will be produced if it is grown in hot, dry areas. Do a thorough clean-up in the fall to prevent pest and disease problems, and add a layer of mulch to protect the evergreen foliage. As soon as the weather begins to warm up, remove all of this mulch to prevent crown rot. Dianthus can be propagated by division every few years in early spring, just as the new growth begins to appear.
Echinacea purpurea Echinacea is easy to grow from seed in spring and to propagate from division in late fall. The flowers and dried roots from older plants are extensively used in modern herbal medicine — in the past, they were also used as a snakebite antidote. Height: 5 feet Spread: 18 inches Hardiness: Fully hardy plants Soil Preference: Well-drained soil Sun or Shade: Full sun
Nandiarvattom or Crepe jasmine or Carnation of India (Tabeamaemontana diverticata family Apocyanaceae) is a small shrub that produces white fragrant flowers throughout the year, leaves are simple, dark green, fruits are rarely produced; propagation done mainly through stem cuttings. These flowers are considered sacred and used for temple performances.