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I have a huge bed at the front of our property (full sun) that I want to devote to 3 colors of perennials. It seems that coneflowers bloom a long time here. So, I'd love to see if anyone has some combos with that flower.
If any of you have worked with a color wheel, I'd like to know what you thought about that approach.
I'd love to see what combinations you all have had success with.
Glad you posted this question too. I ordered a Annual and perennial color planner wheel and a plant swatch from LeeValleytools catalogue and I can't figure out how it works yet. One wheel is for flowers that are low growing, the next wheel med height and then the outler wheel is for tall bloomiers. The plant swatch is like a paint chart. That's easier to understand.
There are some beautiful gardens and I have either printed out their pictures for a guide line or written down nice combinations posted that I like so I can remember it in 2011.
Oh, that's interesting. I remember someone saying something about laying out a garden like, "pants, socks and shoes" meaning tall, medium and short. I also remember someone saying to do container gardens as, "Thriller, filler and spiller" meaning the interesting or colorful plant, a follage plant and something that hangs over the edge.
I went to a talk on landscape design this year and the man talked about using colors that were across from each other on the color wheel, colors that were in a triangle pattern from each other and colors that where variations of the same color. He said to limit your colors to 3. I have not purchased a color wheel yet. I was going to look for one on Amazon.com.
I suffer from what he calls "crapus collectus." I have this mismash of plants that individually are interesting, but put them together and they don't flow well. Of course, alot of them are from friends and virtually free. LOL
I have had other unplanned combos like this daisy 'Becky' and 'Stargazer' Oriental Lily that turned out well.
'Obedient Plant' is another invasive plant if it finds the right spot.
I was told it was called that because you can turn the little trumpets on there and they stay put once you turn them. Kids think that is very interesting.
Above picture is from about 4-5 yrs ago...this is same bed,up a few feet from opposite side,mostly the same but I've been adding plants.I was trying to get a picture of the korean burnet in the foreground,was to close and got a glare...sorry
Just thought I'd pass on a site that i just found through browsing..Lazy S' farm nursery in Barboursville, Va. has a wonderful website and if you click on a specific plant, it will show you different combinations that work well together. I bookmarked it for future use for myself. I read how they pack their plants for shipping and I'm impressed and I would order from them in a flash. Look them up in plant files or Dave's top nursery listings.
I've ordered from Lazy S for years. Packed well. Extensive inventory. Owner is very personable.
I think her name is Debby Sheuchenko.
On more than one occasion, she has sent a plant I ordered, but didn't charge for it, since she wasn't sure it looked like it was thriving.
Quite refreshing compared to other experiences when you receive a plant carcass on life-support at full charge.
This bed has the blue of Caryopteris, Plumbago, East Friesland Salvia, Veronica, and Liriope flowers; sherbet colors of Daylilies; yellow and purple Iris on the back rim (out of bloom, here); and Magnus Coneflowers. When we have enough rain, it looks spectacular. :-)
darlindeb - I wish I could get oxalis to grow for me more than one season! I plant the bulbs every year and they are so pretty then they never come back. I've tried different spots in my yard, even different varieties but no luck. I think I must be the only person that it doesn't grow for - lol
I'm with you, Sheryl, my irises are way ahead of my dianthus.
Ack, darlin..you just printed a picture of my worst nightmare...It's showy evening primrose and it took me almost five years to get rid of it - at least, I haven't seen it this year yet. It is pretty but very, very invasive.
Janaeston - Thanks for the info. Most of mine actually died out this year. I think I waited too long to rake the leaves off of it.
Here is another plant that likes to take over. I know it as soapwort.
Mine is in a raised bed and acts like a groundcover. If you put it up against the Showy Evening Primrose, I think the soapwort would
This was by mistake; however, it turned out interesting. We have railroad ties lining the walk in the woods that I put some moss in containers that had mesh like bottoms. Hubby didn't need the moss, so the containers just sat there for about a year. I guess the spores just went directly into the railroad tie and covered it.
Clint, in your picture of the coneflowers, butterfly weed and lavender..what is the name of the coneflower, and lavender? Seems like all the coneflowers I have start out either ugly pink/mauvey purple..Some seeds were gathered from public library flowerbed so I don't know what the name of those are, and some were sent to me as a Newbie last winter. No name on them except coneflower or purple coneflower. I wnat to look for some other colors to add more color to my flowerbeds next spring. Where do you buy a lot of your coneflowers?
DeminPa..what do you do with your liatris, once they are finished blooming? I cut mine back yesterday to the ground. I cut off the part where the blooms were and put them inside a brown lunch bag, hoping the seeds fall out. How do you get the seed out any other way? I'd like to transplant them to another bed in the front of the house but am waiting for cooler weather, like mid-late Sept.
Lovemyhouse...love your dianthus..do you know what variety they are, or where you got them from. Did you grow them from seeds or buy as a starter plant from garden center?
That moss covered railroad tie is really unique...doubt that it will be easy to duplicate. Mistakes are often the best designs.
Amarllyis belladonna, yellow echinacea, and gallardia. Not necessarily a favorite combo, but the naked ladies I planted there years ago, and then added the echinacea and gallardia because whatever was there before had died and that was available space. KInd of how most of my garden gets planted. LoL. Both needs trimming badly.
toofewanimals, 23 of the first 24 days in August here were at 100 degrees or better, and bone dry. The dianthus struggled the least and, after yesterday morning's rain are the first to be perking back up. I love them.
Euphorbia is a great match for hostas in early spring and 'Fen's Ruby' is a different form of euphorbia but I love how it fills in bare spots without dominating the scene. It's at the bottom, extreme left in this photo.
That caladium looks really pretty below the hydrangea that looks like it puts out similar colored blooms...Do you bring the caladium inside in the winter? Do you have any pics of the caladium paired with the hydrangea when it is in full bloom?
Fen's ruby is a good idea. Love lime green. Looks good with everything, it seems.
Thanks. Here's one of Miss Muffet caladium just right of where Gypsy Rose (the caladium in the above photo) was. I don't bother even trying to save caladiums from year to year. Fall brings enough work with cutting back and lifting dahlias so I leave the 100 or so caladiums in the gardens.
These are Gingerland caladium and they were thriving into November here last year so I'm buying more from Bill (Caladiumbulbs4less) for that spot and many others. They are such a care free plant and no deadheading or saving is required.
Lovely combos! There is a new Facebook page for Perennial companion plants for Iris and Daylilies. It is new and I would like to invite you. The host is a horticulturist. I am getting new ideas and you can ask questions. Send for an invitation to Ann Marie Ittner. The more we have will make it more fun.
Also please add my name Teresa Barrow. If you bring 5 others you will be put in a seedling dl drawing.
Once in awhile something comes out right. The gas plant and peony are too close together but I don't want to transplant either one of them. They seem to get along well together though. Ya, I know there are milkweeds peeking up, too. I always let a few grow in the gardens and just pinch off the seed pods before they drop their seeds.
Did I mention I don't have anything to do this afternoon? Well, thought I'd share a few of my favorite combinations --
Love being able to send 5 pics at once -- Yay! Dax
1. Clematis and Creeping Phlox - Shades of purple
2. Coleus and Impatiens - Love the vibrant pinks
3. Sundrops and Baptisia australis - two natives - have naturalized for the cottage garden effect
4. Knock-out Rose Razzamatazz and Coreopsis "Creme Brulee" - Two brilliant colors which shine in the bed
5. Sweet Autumn Clematis, Black-eyed Susan, Obedient Plant, and Miscanthus sinensis "Silberfeder" - Late summer glory
Oh soooooo pretty, think I like the multiple photo thing.
Dax...I'm jealous, lol, such beautiful full plantings. That is one thing I hate about new gardens is waiting for things to knit together for that filled in look and you have it. If I could get to my manure pile I'd go out and sprinkle some about, lol.
Pix: just waiting for things to fill in and second pix just got planted last fall ( the last third of my 100ft border)
Pirl..meant to ask about the caladium website...are the price 10 for X amount? If so great prices, love caladiums but are expensive here. I did see several that are sun tolerant, like that idea, not much in the way of shade yet.
I do remember. I got in from Bluestone Perennials for a very good price, years ago before their reputation suffered. They are not offering it this year. It appears to be so rare that if you google it the images you get are mine.
The fourth pix is a budded white liatris bought at Bluestone cant remember the variety
The red in the pix is Crocosmia Lucifer. It multiplies really great.
1 Daylily Lavander Dew and Visions in red astilbe plus baloonflower
2 I wish the camera angle was better,Night Beacon DL and Lily Landini
3 NoHaru JI and Olive B Langdon DL
4 Night Beacon with Lily Robina
5 Jungle Love coleus with Geranium Midnight Reiter
ge: I think the gray green foliage of Liatris with the bright true red Lucifer is quite striking.
I have ordered a couple of Japanese Iris to come this spring. Are they difficult to grow? Do you have them in an area that gets lots of moisture?
Love the Geranium MIdnight Reiter. I didn't know there was such a colorful leaved geranium. It's a show stopper. I read on a couple of websites about this pant. One said it was a little difficult to grow and put it in full sun to part shade. The other website said grow in shade. Could you tell me more about your experience with this geranium?
My heart nearly stops when looking at Japanese Irises. I LOVE your pairing with the astilbe. Do you have a favorite mail order source for your JI's? I ordered some last year...I think from van beurgi-whatch-ma-call-it (or however you spell that). Divisions/pieces were ridiculously small, and only 4 of the six even lived. I will be visiting Schreiner's this year (just a few miles from me). I want more JIs and Siberians. I'm not as much of a bearded girl, which is Schreiner's specialty, but I assume they have JIs and SIs.
I mgrow geranium in both sun and part shade gardens.
My JI's have had a struggle since I planted them with compost and it has taken me 3 years fo liquid feeding to bring them around.
This is Fractal Blue,you can see some of the yellow green leaves. I am hopeing for dark green this 4 th year.
Secong image is Ink On Ice
Thanks. All of mine have always been planted with our own compost and except for a very few that were skimpy on the roots when they first arrived, they all do well. I also give them manure, coffee grounds and I mulch with 3 to 4" of pine needles and I don't remove the mulch in winter.
This sentence is an excerpt from Ensata Gardens on the culture for JI's:
Soil Requirements: Japanese iris prefer a heavy, rich soil with ample organic matter, especially manure or peat.
They also state to buy divisions of two or three fans but I've had the best fortune buying from places like Eartheart Gardens http://www.eartheartgardens.com/ and Greywood Farms http://greywoodfarm.squarespace.com/abot-greywoodfarm/ each of whom send much larger divisions than merely two or three fans. The number at the right side of the yellow tags on the first photo below, from Greywood, shows the number of fans. I was VERY impressed.
Thanks Pirl.I retract my info of course. Just not that experienced a gardener I guess.
Your compost and mulch info solves my guilt about how I planted my JI's. I have no idea why they have such yellow green leaves.Siberians do the same.
Could be chlorosis - lack of iron. You might want to try some liquid (easy to use) Ironite. Or you could write to a JI supplier and ask their opinion. Even the addition of iron won't cure pH issues, which could be the cause of yellowing of the leaves.
Just found this and it could be a possibility:
Japanese iris prefers a rich soil with ample organic matter to help in water retention as well as adding nutrients. The soil pH should be slightly acid (5.0 – 6.5). Attention must be given to the pH of your water, which can gradually raise the pH of your soil. An indication of too high pH is the gradual yellowing of the leaves. The addition of granular ferrous sulfate (iron sulfate) or agricultural sulfur can lower the soil pH. The preparation of your iris bed with compost or manure will be a good start for the JI bed, but do not use granular fertilizer until the plants are established. Leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, straw or sawdust are all good soil amendments.
Those links look amazing! thank you so much. I'm putting in 2 new perennial beds, both pretty huge, and I would love to have lots of SIs and JIs there. Possibly some bearded, too. I will place in order with one of these places. Deep purple and white ones are what I want.
The difference between the Japanese Iris and the Siberian Iris is the Japanese Iris have really large blooms and the blooms are more "flat" vs the regular look of Iris. Siberian Iris bloom before Bearded Iris and are shorter--about 15 inches tall. Bearded Iris are much taller. The Japanese Iris bloom last. Bloom Time: Siberian Iris, Bearded Iris, Japanese Iris. The Japanese Iris' and Siberian Iris' leaves are more narrow and they don't have beards.
This is what I know about Iris. It is very limited. Others will be able to tell you more. Plus, they may correct my information which is fine.
I have not grown Japanese Iris but have ordered some to come this Spring. I appreciate the above information regarding growing them. I am starting to worry that I have ordered something that won't make it in my garden.
I use ironite every year on my bayberries, fothergillas and pagoda dogwood. Yes, dear Pirl it is very easy to apply. There is actually a type that you can connect to a garden hose! I have 14 bayberries five fothergilla and a big pagoda dogwood and it is so much easier than applying granules. I also give my oriental lilies a bit. I often wondered whether the fact that I was growing them in alkaline soil was holding them back, or even allowing them to die. I found a preferred the iron to the high nitrogen acid based Miracle Grow. I like to handle one problem at a time, and Ironite in liquid form really seems to do the job.
And thank you for the explanation about iris. Only one person who lived near me ever grew them. She inherited them and they rocked out every year with no help from her, so I couldn't learn anything from someone who shared my soil conditions. Steve Ft. Worth now Greenville often marveled that a peony and lily grower didn't grow iris (his were wonderful) but then he didn't grow roses and was as mystified by them as I was iris.
Kosk - the tall bearded irises wouldn't want the same conditions as the Sib's or JI's, which want the moist acid soil. Tall bearded prefer excellent drainage so I grow them on mounds or elevated areas and they do very well.
Birder is right on with her descriptions! JI's are also known as floating butterflies for their flat appearance but the breeze or wind makes them "float". Just plant them deep and enrich the planting hole with manure and compost. Then mulch and you'll be successful. They love water.
I use the Ironite liquid in a watering can and apply it that way but only as needed, which is very seldom.
You can imagine a breeze coming along by these JI's and see how they got their nickname.
I lost all my photos off this one when I had to reimage it, even though it was not necessary...HP...GRRR!! I will have to retrieve the pix from the laptop. I thought I was saving the photos when I did a backup...that was useless. I don't need any more backups of HP stuff...Sorry for venting, but they really get me going. All I needed was a new modem. They did send me one and I actually installed it myself, with their instructions with pictures.
You can have beautiful perennial combinations without any flowers at all!
Here is hakonechloa grass with a hosta.
And an asarum with heuchera.
The foliage makes a nice combination all summer long, not just when in bloom!
Pirl.. as usual a big wow!! The astilbe reminds me of aruncus, soo pretty. All your iris are so lovely, you must never tire of seeing them. How many months of bloom do you get?
Ge..all those lilies, must smell absolutely heavenly, I'm hoping to turn on my elec. fence this year so I can see what I have, lol. (they haven't bloomed in years, think the deer had eaten them for the last 3 years or so. Wow that japanese maple is soo full, gosh you think since they upped my zone to a 6 now I could grow, lol, not sure I trust them.
Weer..Gosh, I didn't know my hanoke grass could grow in shade, will have to remember that one, and in same pix, background, is that tiarella blooming? Nice patch. Haven't grown too much in the way of shade plants yet, not to that side of the house yet with new gardens. Now is nothing but a patch of weeds and a few shrubs. It's on the perennial list of things to get accomplished this year, fingers are crossed.
Kathy, the patch in the backgroud is heucherella Sunspot. It spreads by runners.
In this situation I'm OK with it - it's hard to tell from the picture, but the hill starts sloping down where the heucherellas are. So works nicely for erosion control. And some pretty flowers to boot. Here's another picture which shows the sloping perspective better.
The runners are easy to pull, so it's not much of a problem.
Do all Heucherellas have the habit of stolons? Weerobin: very pretty pictures. I have shade areas here in SE Mo. that I need to figure out what kind of plants I should get. Your shade garden pics are always so pretty.
Kathy, I hadn't thought of an electric fence. I have read on various sights that are selling plants that some plants actually will ward off deer. Has anyone found this to be true?
ge: Love the Agastaches with the Japanese Maple. I have Berberis thunbergi 'Crimson Pygmy' (Barberry) encircling my Japanese Maple. I don't like it. It's difficult to weed around, and it just doesn't have much "bang". My husb. likes it. I want to put something pink with it and yank the Berberis out. I'd like to complement the maroon more than the Barberry does. It's all the same color.
Kathy, how does your Aruncus do for you? I have read you can never get all the roots out of the ground should you want to move it. Does it hold the soil? Do you grow it in full shade? Bright shade?
I have an area that is on a fairly steep slope and in bright shade. I'm trying to find something to put there before I have severe erosion. I am feeling a little panicky as the spring rains are just starting up.
You'll fit in just fine. I know we have people from New Zealand here already, Gwhizz is from New Zealand an he's active on here and All Things Plants. He's mainly interested in lilies, and Terry Johnson is on here and All Things Plants and Cubits. Do you know of Terry?
Thanks for the welcome Carolyn. I found Terry Johnson's Iris blog Polly, thanks. He has a great image of crocosmia x crocosmiiflora (montbretia) which now grow wild on our roadsides - see http://www.historiciris.blogspot.co.nz/
Dowdeswell...Welcome!!! All gardeners are welcomed here, isn't it amazing how small our little blue planet has become with the internet, just amazing. Do you have zones there? And if so whats yours? (lowest winter temp.; mine is z6, was a z (zone) 5 til this spring, anyway, my coldest winter temp is approx -20) It helps when talking about plants, atleast for me. I happen to live in Colo. and yes the delphs. can be quite spectacular. Love both pix, butttt that second pix is a real charmer. Right now I have to cage mine as the deer have found them delectable (*****, lol), and also for the winds here on the open prairie. I spotted (sorry), the grid system your using, great idea that I'll have to remember. Plese show us more of your garden, we love pix here!! Just ask me, lol.
Bird...Aruncus is new, just last fall so we shalll see how well it performs. Nope not in shade, but here at 6800ft., the altitude does allow for many plants to be grown in full sun. If it doesn't like it spot I will replant in pt. shade if necessary. Will post below some of the plants my deer leave alone.
Ge...Thanx ref. the photo. I can't take the credit for it as it belongs to my daughter and family. When I am sitting the g. kids, I use their photos. Figured living in such a beautiful state I should ejamacate ya all on the beauty here. Think our national anthem was written while the author was looking at Pike's Peak, just west of Colorado Springs.
Pix is Lilium formosa gown from seed obtained at Park Seed, 8", and oh soooo fragrant. The deer missed it cuz it's so short, yeahhhhh!
Bird...most of the plants my deer leave alone are: any gray leaved plants, any hairy leaved plants, they hate the texture. Most any herb type plant butttt their are exceptions (the deer might one year but not the next), they aren't suppose to eat lavendula but last summer I found they had munched on the flower stems. (grrr). In my garden: Santolina virens; Stachy's b.; Veronica spicata; Salvias (all varieties); Penstemons; Gypsophila...paniculata and repens; Ajuga; Dianthus (all varieties); Violas; Dracocephalum...Imberbe and moldavicum); Epalobium angustifolium; Liatris; Alcea (hollyhocks); Daisies; Anthemis tinctoria; Yarrows; Hanoke grass; Peonies; Iris; Verbascums; Centaureas; Centranthus; Geraniums (perennial); Caryopteris; Spiarea; Clematis shrub or vines; Gentians; Aster; Hesperis matronalis; Geum; Delphinium grandiflora (12"); Physostegias; Valariana officinalis; Philadelphus; Thermopsis montana; Papaver (annual and perennial); Passiflora carulea; Aurinia saxatilis; Anchusa; Linum (flax); Lupines; Dictamnous; Daucus carota; Campanulas; Humulus a. (hops); Antirrhinum (snaps); Malva; Ratibida c.; Knautia mascedonica; Rudbekias; Cosmos; Scabiosas; Catanche carulea; hemerocalis (daylilies, go figure, lol); and Osteospurmum (annual and perennial), speaking of which, how come more of you all out there don't grow this lovely?
Pix: Centurea montana Amathyst in Snow
Pix: Dictamnous purpureas
Pix: Wild sunflower, daisie Becky, penstemon strictus Rocky Mountain Blue,unopened Catanche blue; Lavendula a. Munsted; Veronica spicata Sightseeing Blue; center Malva.
Pix; Gypsophila paniculata and Clematis Prince Charles
Yes we have zones but they are not particularly relevant to continental conditions as we have a very temperate, maritime climate. On average Wanganui gets about 8 ground frosts per year and rarely has an air frost. Absolute minimum is around minus 4degC (24F)in very sheltered places and it never freezes after mid morning.. Winter day maximum averages around 13degC (58F). Summers are cool being tempered by sea breezes and average daily maximums are around 22degC (73F) It rarely reached 30degC. Rainfall occurs whether we want it or not and we get about 35 inches spread relatively evenly throughout the year. Wanganui is a beautiful place full of gardens and smiling people.
My garden will be entered for the biggest eyesore competition this year as I have a stuffed back, which is due for remedial action this Thursday, but I'm happy to share some selected sanitised pics.
The images with colour are recent. The other two are winter images showing sections of our garden in the raw
There are more images on my garden blog -http://theupsidedowngarden.blogspot.co.nz/ these will give you a feel for the place but its not been updated for ages
Beautiful! You can't go wrong with Nepeta and Russian Sage. They are two plants that look good with anything. Lamb's Ear looks good with many plants as well. I like tough plants like these that are so easy to grow but look great in many settings. I do have to thin the Lamb's Ear out, but that's another thing I like about it...It's so easy to rip out and make more.
I posted this pic of my front yard recently on another thread, so I'm sorry for the repeat for those who have seen it. My front yard is heavy on the Nepeta 'Walker's Low', so I thought I'd show it per your request. There are an equal number of groundcover roses mixed in, which hadn't yet started blooming when this pic was taken last year, early June. I like the "pairing" of my Nepeta with the yellow of the euonymus and the dark red barberry from a distance.
Polly: the China Spring Iris is with bluebells and hosta. I thought you had to put iris in sun and bluebells and hosta in shade. I am learning stuff. It's very pretty.
Kathy: Thanks for listing your deer resistant plants. I do not recognize all of them. I will have to do some research. I have a real forest in my back yard and the deer are "right" there.
I really, really like nepeta also. I have not been using much of it as I feed back yard birds and the neighbors allow their cats to come into my yard. I hate to encourage the cats.
Yeah, I agree. I don't think the Nepeta racemosa attracts cats at all. I think that's a myth. (of course the true source of catnip Nepeta cataria does however attract cats). My front yard (pic above) is teeming with birds at all times of the day. I've never seen a cat up there. And there are lots of cats around here. And I've never found a dead bird. And b/c of all of the different heights/densities of shrubbery, it is really quite full of birds.
I had hours on my hands when I awoke at 4AM so I will list a bunch of fav. combos I searched for.Hope there are newer ones.
#1 Apocolipse and Trailing Burbandy coleus
#2 Black Dragon lily with coneflowers
#3 Coleus and Impatiens
#4 Ferns and epimediums
oops something is missing one has doubled
Pretty, pretty pics. On the fourth picture with the white poppies, I notice you have an edging. Can you tell me a little bit about this edging? What's it made of? Is it durable? Does it work pretty good as a barrier? How hard is it to mow around? I know, lots of questions. I need to get some kind of edging. I have been doing an "English" edge--but that's getting labor intense with so many garden to edge.
ge...not sure where sight seeing veronica is available. I got my seed more than 10 years ago from England (these are a tall variety at 28", regular spicata is 18-20"). Seems to me I saw the seed available from a catalog tho not sure which one. I believe I do have seed of the blue if interested, d-mail me.
Pix: hesperis matronalis
Pix: dianthus grationopolitanus or cheddar pinks, sooo very fragrant, sadly only aspring bloomer with some sporadic bloom later, tho might be because of altitude
Pix: centranthus ruber, geranium Rozzane, and goldem hops
Pix" Adenophora lilifolia, ladybells
Oh, I have been looking at the Adenophora lilifolia but am afraid it will get to prolific. I have read it can be invasive. I love the flowers and think it would grow here with the heat and humidity--better than the campanulas, but I am quite reluctant to plant it due to its reputation of possibly being invasive. It is so pretty. I am curious to find out what experiences gardeners have had with this plant.
I have the Bath's pinks. It is about 4' x 3' and very thickly matted. Easy to get rid of if I wanted to. Yes, it's wonderfully fragrant.
The first pic is Hesperis matronalis Dame's Rocket, right? Again, one I would like to grow--but description sounds invasive. I believe Dame's Rocket is suppose to be quite fragrant also.
Ya, adenophora can travel, runners and also reseeds. They make a nice patch tho. And they are related to campanulas. I found it when I moved to a 'little house on the prairie', sorry for the pun but was true,lol. I happen to love it.
Yes, that pix is hesperis or sweet dames rocket or false phlox and as you can see does reseed rather prolithically, but I did allow it. And got scads of plants to share. If you do ever try it, just clip off the old blooms to deter the seeds, which also produces a bloom much shorter than the first (36-40" then 12"). They are wonderfully fragrant also!!!!! They are clumpers tho.
pix: Daucus carota, Queen Annes Lace, blooms at the same time as those above, very fragrant at 6-7ft.
pix: Valariana officinalis, blooms with the others and is also very fragrant. God I love spring...I must have about a hundred of these also but spread out along the border, hope I get a good show this year, my babies are 2 years old now or maybe 3, all from seed.
Birder, I think you might find adenophora too rambunctious for a formal garden bed, but it looks great in an informal setting and does it's own thing without requiring any care whatsoever. I planted it across the street from my place along highway frontage - looks great mingled with rudbeckias. They duke it out beautifully together.
Here's an accidental combination from my yard this spring.
I realize it's cheating, since both are shrubs, not perennials.
But I couldn't resist. This is a quince blooming with forsythia in the background.
My garden isn't "formal"--far from it! But, I do have limited space and have to be careful not to plant something that can take over. Thanks for your input, Wee. I think it's so pretty-but just don't think I can risk Andenophora lilifolia's energetic behavior.
I have planted some Nepeta nervosa seed from Swallowtail Seeds in a milk jug. I am counting on the cats to stay away! Not that I don't like cats--I do--but they sit right underneath my bird feeder on my deck.
Again, nice pics.
I also sowed some Lychnis chalcedonia (Maltese Cross). I think it's the closest thing I am going to get to Hesperis matronalis (Dame's Rocket).
I love Nepeta Walker's Low (and gorgeous front there, Kosk in Salem, OR - I'm from Portland)... but all the cats in my neighborhood did, too. They would roll in it and even sleep right on top of it ! It survived fine, but they were certainly attracted to it.
*been away for a few years, after a move - just back to Daves.
Welcome back, Red! Stop by and visit if you are ever en route back to PDX. That is interesting on the Nepeta Walker's Low. I'm starting to conclude that we just don't have very many cats around here after all!
Maybe the Nepeta is like catnip - some cats love it, others show no interest? We shall see, I just put some in my garden here - our cat and the neighbor cat (we call him Mr. Handsome, because of his fancy grey tuxedo) spend hours bird watching back there... wonder if they find it.
Well, I have a bunch of Nepeta nervosa 'Blue Carpet' that germinated and is "supposed" to have less scent and not attractive to cats. I will watch this experiment and perhaps post a thread on DG about the results.
I really like the plant and sure hope it will work for me.
The nepeta the cats go after (catnip) is Nepeta cataria, the others are not as strong. Cataria get to 48". My kitty was keeping an eye on it today while we were in the garden, lol. (only about 4-6" now)
Yes Carolyn, they are, will get some new pix as they have really filled in this year and spreading thru the border. Just love their cheerful little faces!!! Was thinking of doing it today but the weeds wouldn't let me, lol. Attempting to get the main border weeded so I can see what kind of room I have, wanna start some annuals. Thinking some tall zinnias and...