If you’re looking for a water plant that’s unique and unusual, and you don’t mind a bit of a challenge, then take a look at horsetail (Equisetum hyemale, also known as scouring rush). With its stiff, hollow, bamboo-like green stalks, E. hyemale adds an exotic note to any water or bog garden. This evergreen perennial […]


Gardeners and chefs looking for a unique addition to their herb gardens should consider horseradish (Armoracia rusticana). The spicy root of this European native is the part we grind up and use on roast beef sandwiches, but the aboveground part has appeal, too. Horseradish’s large, broad green leaves look almost tropical. Think rhubarb leaves but […]

Horse chestnuts

Horse chestnuts are magnificent large trees with attractively divided foliage. This hand-shaped foliage often turns tones of yellow in autumn, though the autumn foliage is often not as attractive as it is in some other Aesculus species. In spring, horse chestnuts bloom with clusters of white flowers, often shaded pink. When pollinated, these flowers give […]