Check out theHerbaceous Perennials Database created by Allison Mayer, a grad student at Cornell. The site documents data collected from the test plots at Blue Grass Lane maintained by Cornell students and staff, and “focuses mostly on lesser-known or recently introduced perennial cultivars and their performance in Ithaca’s Zone 5.” Lots of photographs to help you pick something new and different for next year’s garden. (Though if you find it locally, you may be able to plant it this fall.) Update: The link is finally there, for those of you who clicked on it and got nowhere.
What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.
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