Growing up in Pennsylvania, I had a plethora of gardening friends and fellow plant enthusiasts who were very generous in sharing plants with me. My neighbors made significant contributions to the garden I created in my parent’s backyard including Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), a slew of aquatic plants and most notably, Lysimachia clethroides. Lysimachia clethroides, commonly referred to as Gooseneck Loosestrife, was my first love in the Lysimachia genera of plants. With 12-16″ curved stems with spiky white flowers in summer, Gooseneck Loosestrife fills patches of garden beds quickly.
Lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’, commonly referred to as Hairy Loosestrife is a species that boasts purple leaves with bright yellow flowers. It grows up to 24-30″ tall and is hardy in zones 5-8. It can grow in aggressive patches so it is best placed in a perennial border where it has space to grow. Pair it with variegated leaves or fine textures for maximum impact.