Saturday, June 30, 2018

Purple Coneflowers

  DROUGHT TOLERANT & PERENNIAL :   Purple Coneflower      
 
This coneflower is the original native form, single purple-pink petals surrounding a dark center, which has a long bloom time.
 
Coneflowers are very resilient.
 
Coneflowers now come in many different varieties (single, double, or triple types) and colours (white, raspberry, orange, red  and yellow) .
 
Coneflowers generally grow 2 to 3 feet tall with a spread of 2 feet. 
 
They bloom from early summer until fall.
 
They’re a favorite with butterflies and bees.
 
They make excellent cut flowers for indoor bouquets. 
Prefers full to part sun with average to dry, well-drained soil. 
 
The roots, leaves, and flowers are medicinal,  
 
Self sows if seed heads are left to overwinter.
 
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Growing Tip: Single-flowering forms often live longer than the double or triple types.
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Astilbes for the Shade Garden

 SHADE PLANT FEATURE:    Astible  
Astilbe is a tall, summertime bloomer that adds interest and texture to the garden even after the pink, white or red flowers have dried up and turned brown.  
 
Their leaf foliage is feathery and clumps at the base of the plant. 
 
The heights vary depending on kind,  15 inches to 30 inches.
 
Deer do not particularly like them.    
 
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Growing Tip:    Astibles benefit from a bit of protection to get them through the severe winters, a fine layer of mulch, such as chopped leaves or straw.
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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Peonies

 BEST & EASIEST PERENNIALS:
Peony  
Talk about dependable!
 
Peonies last for years with very little help from you.
 
Peonies form pretty, 3-foot tall mounds of foliage that burst into bloom in mid-spring; May to June.
 
The plants are available in single, double, or semi-double forms, and flowers range in colors and bi-colors.
 
Peony blooms can be highly fragrant and make extraordinary spring bouquets for weddings or graduations.
 
They require a sunny garden spot that’s well drained—they don’t like heavy, mucky soil.
 
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Growing Tip:    Peonies require a period of cold and darkness to bloom well.
 
 
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