How Does Your Garden Grow



 Susan shares some of her all-time favorite plants with you in her Garden Gems video series.
Learn which ones are her tried and true favorites, how she uses them, and growing tips to keep them looking their best.

Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm


Black-eyed Susans are a great way to add bold color to your garden in the summer.            

Deciduous Perennial​​
3’ tall, spreads​​
Full Sun
USDA Zones 3-9​​​​​​
Sunset Zones 1-24


Hardy Cyclamen

Cyclamen coum &
Cyclamen hederifolium

Cyclamen coum & Cyclamen hederifolium add flowers and foliage to the garden in the dead of winter. These ground covers are easy to grow and help extend the season of interest in your garden.

Winter Ground Cover ​​
4″-6” x 8”
Partial Shade
USDA Zones 5-9​​​​
Sunset Zones 2-9, 4-24


Pheasant’s Grass

Anemanthele lessoniana

aka Stipa arundinacea

Anemanthele lessoniana adds a lovely spot of texture and color to the garden year-round.  

Evergreen Grass​​​
Full Sun
USDA Zones 8-10​​​​
Sunset Zones 14-24


Siberian Bugloss

Brunnera macrophylla.

Brunnera adds bold variegated leaves and cheerful blue flowers to the garden. Susan teaches you how to grow Brunnera and describes the varieties ‘Jack Frost’ and ‘Hadspen’s Cream’.

Semi-Evergreen Perennial​​​
18”-24” x 18”-24​”
Part-shade to Shade
USDA Zones 3-7​​​​
Sunset Zones 1-24

Japanese Snowbell Tree

Styrax japonicus


Japanese snowbell tree is a popular small tree for home gardens. Its bell shaped blossoms in June, ornamental seeds, and beautiful architecture give it interest year-round.

Deciduous Tree​​​
20’-30’ x 20’-25’​​
Sun to Part-shade
USDA Zones 5-8​​​​
Sunset Zones 4-9,14-21