June 13, 2014
This is another group of plants that I love. You can do so many things with the different Sedums. Again, these plants will bloom from early spring to late frost. Sedums are ground hugging to ones that will grow up to about 36". The other thing I like about Sedums is the foliage, because even though they are not in bloom the foliage is attractive by itself. Foliage is succulent and leaves are varied from green to grey-green or variegated. An excellent bonus is that with some of the ground cover varieties is that the foliage will turn burgundy red with the cooler temperatures. The ground covers varieties will bloom whites, yellow, and pinks. The taller varieties mostly bloom in the pinks and mauve colors. Sedums prefer full sun and will tolerate drought conditions once established.
June 6, 2014
Bellflower is a common name for this species. There are hundreds of varieties of Bellflowers, some as ground covers only reaching a few inches tall and others that reach up as far as 48". Campanulas are sun lovers, will tolerate part shade and prefers well-drained soils. Flower shapes are like bells, blooming mostly in the blue and white family. Leaves on the taller varieties are peach like and the smaller varieties are rounder. Depending on the variety you select, you can have Bellflowers blooming in your borders from spring to fall. Asiatic Lilies in assorted colors or Monarda make great companion plants.
May 30, 2014
This plant group are wonderful for your shady spots. They have showy flower plumes and soft, cut leaf foliage. Choose from whites, pinks, purples, salmons and reds. Depending on the foliage most have green leaves, but some have red leaves and stems. Varieties will bloom from summer to fall and depending on the Astilbe you select, they will reach from 12'' up to 36". Other shady selections to plant with Astilbe's are Hosta, Pulmonaria, or Bergenia.
May 23, 2014
Lewisia was discovered by Lewis and Clark. So we have been able to enjoy this plant for over 200 years. The leaves are long and semi-evergreen in this area, and resemble rosettes. Blossoms are small, round-petaled blossoms in late spring to summer, and prefer full to part shade. I have found them to reseed for me. Flowers only reach about 4-5", blooming in peach, plum and gold colors. Lewisia work well in rock gardens or along ponds, but will need well-drained soil.
May 16, 2014
Echinacea / Coneflower
Echinacea produces a daisy flower with pronounced central cone. Coneflowers grow compact, short or tall forms. Echinacea varieties have exploded over the last few years and there is a wide range of colors to choose from. Plant Coneflowers in the full sun or light shade, they will also reseed for you. Great for cut flowers, either fresh or dry. Hummingbirds and bees love these plants, as well as deer do. We do carry several different types of sprays to fend the deer away. Plant along side of Liatris, which as either purple or white blossoms or Monarda, with either purple or raspberry or red flowers.
May 9, 2014
Aquilegia / Columbine
Aquilegia's have dainty flowers that come in a wide array of colors. Flower heads range from small heads to their standard head size. Once established they will bloom most of the summer. As an extra bonus, Columbine will reseed for you, which you can transplant to other beds or give away to friends. Columbines will grow in full sun to filtered shade. Aquilegia prefer moist, but well drained soil.
May 2, 2014
Pulmonaria / Lungwort
Pulmonaria are grown for there early spring flowers and attractive foliage that is often spotted and splashed with white or silver. Most of the flowers will be blue with pink. Lungwort's are an excellent perennial for those shady spots and moist soil. Pulmonaria don't like to dry out, so add some compost when planting. Most lungworts reach a height of 9" – 12". One other benefit of Pulmonaria are that they are deer resistant. Ferns, Hosta or Bergenia are great companions plants for lungworts.
April 25, 2014
Heuchera - Coral Bells
If you have a perennial flower bed, then you'll have to plant Coral Bells. This particular plant family has exploded over the last 10 years. Coral Bells are more known for there beautiful and unique foliage color, than their flowers. Foliage colors range from green, purple, amber, lime-green, variegated, and even black. They are best planted in either a natural setting, shade or cottage gardens. Coral Bells also work well in container plantings, as an added foliage plant. Depending on the variety you select, Coral Bells bloom from spring to fall. Flowers are upright panicles of bell-shape, which are attractive to bees and hummingbirds. Heuchera's prefer partial sun to partial shade. They need moist humus soil, so don't let them dry out.
As we all know the Coral Bells are on the menu of our local deer population. I do spray my plant material thru out the growing season. Check with our Lawn and Garden experts and we can help you select a deer repellent that will work best for you. Some companion plant material for planting with Coral Bells are Brunnera ( false forget me nots), Aquilegia (columbine), or Dicentra Exima ( fern-leaf bleeding heart).
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