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Viewing PAgirl60's Garden Diary: GARDENING IN NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Climate and Growing Conditions
This blog relates specifically to growing plants up here on the "Mountain."
Northeast PA is one of the coolest areas of the state. It has cold winters, cool summers, and the shortest growing season in the state. Yet, the average summer temperatures hover in the mid 80's which is ideal for abundant summer blooms. When planting annuals, be aware that your blooming window will be dictated by frosts that can be as late as late-May, and as early as mid-September. Perennials should be hardy enough for zone 5 with temperatures as low as - 20 degrees.
Early flowering choices as early as April are:
Wild Columbine ( red and yellow flowers attract hummers)
All season blooms:
Black Eyed Susans
C,M,V will stay in bloom from June til frost
Blooms for late summer when temps start to dip in September:
Violet Monkey flower - native plant that blooms til Sept.
cutleaf coneflower-tall yellow daisy that tolerates wet soils so it withstands early Fall rains.
Zinnias - which provide bright color to rival the changing fall leaves
Other flower choices:
Jacob's Ladder - begins blooming in April and May. Does well in containers, beds, and borders. Deer resistant. Prefers humus rich soil that drains well.
Woodland Iris - early blooming, prefers sunny, moist, well draining soil
Coral Bells (Heuchera) - grow in shade put prefer a little sunshine morning or afternoon. Prefers heavily composted soil that is moist and rich. Does fine in containers, beds, and borders. Attracts hummers.