Creeping buttercup, replete with yellow flowers and occasionally spotted leaves, originated in Europe. Some of the buttercup species are aquatic, but in general they look best in more informal gardens. Learn to grow creeping buttercup.
Cushion spurge, like the Christmas poinsettia, has colored leaves, often mistaken for petals. It comes in bright yellow, changing to red in autumn. Learn to use cushion spurge in a bank or against a wall.
Dead nettles, a non-stinging nettle, has blooms that look like tiny pink or white snapdragons. Dead nettles are resistant to drought. Use dead nettle in your garden as ground cover or as an effective border.
Knotweed, also called Himalaya fleece flower, has dark green, tapered leaves on creeping stems with tiny bright rose flowers. Learn to use this excellent ground cover as an edging plant for the bed or border.
Delphinium, or larkspur, grows delicate, hollow stalks that become covered in flowers. As such, they should be staked or planted near protection from wind. Learn to propagate this cold-resistant blossom.
Goldenstar sprouts 2-inch yellow flowers from its stem nodes. Its stems grow into a mound around 10 inches in height. Though its leaves are evergreen, goldenstar needs protection from snow and wind. Read about goldenstar.
Bugleweeds are known for their colorful leaves and pretty, irregular flowers. They work well as garden ground cover that drapes over rock edging and blocks out weed growth. Learn to grow this easy-care perennial.
Houttuynia grows to about one foot high and produces small, white flowers that resemble begonia blossoms. Learn to grow this versatile perennial, in shallow water or well moistened soil, in sun or shade.
Chinese chives, or garlic chives, display both eye-catching leaves and dainty, pointy, white flowers. Learn to use Chinese chives in sun-filled or shaded gardens and as the centerpiece of a tall floral arrangement.
Chinese forget-me-not, growing over 2 feet high, sprouts blue flowers, marking the height of summer. Stems that bend and a profusion of leaves are normal. Learn more about Chinese forget-me-not, perfect for the wild garden.