Over the past two years our gardens have expanded in square footage and in number of plants. I can't seem to abstain from Bluestone or the local garden center sales, even though I have had some pretty good success with Wintersowing. Although I hasten to note that this year I was able to reduce my plant budget quite a lot. I continue to try to develop 'color echoes' which I learned about on the DG thread with so many wonderful examples of how to partner plants to show them off at their best. It's a fun and challenging way to garden. Most of the perennial purchases were for the full sun 'Butterfly Garden' on either side of the driveway, and were done on impulse, and I will not do that again--I promise. LOL! We have also added a number of siberian iris, bearded iris, daylilies and bulbs to the front sunny and part sun front gardens. These plants have their own entries in the Diary.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Seeds from Gardens IllustratedOrlaya
Tassel Flower red and orange
Alyssum maritime (tall)
Digitalis (all kinds)
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
On June 26 2009 we visited a lovely hillside garden which featured a number of different blooming Stokesias planted in part shade along the garden paths. Her stokesias were well spaced and placed carefully along the walkways to catch the sun rays in this part shade garden. Often placed adjacent to Japanese painted ferns. Stokesia is seldom seen around here and I think that is due in part to its need for excellent drainage and some protection from winter cold. They grow well in lean soil.
The other plants blooming along with the Stokesia included various kinds of impatiens, daylilies. They are native to the U.S. south eastern states of Georgia, South and North Carolina.
Although not commonly done because many varieties do not come true to form, they can be grown from seed (Jelitto).
This is an interesting article with many details about cultivars and culture from the holder of the UK Royal Collection of Stokesia: //www.rhs.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/5E21B454-729D-490B-8630-15B5D269574B/0/Stokesia.pdf
We have a few stokesias in the garden. I purchased them from Greenfield Plant Farm. (I think it's Purple Parasol's or Peachie's Pink).
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Liatris in the Garden//www.newfs.org/publications-and-media/articles/from-bill-cullina-blazing-star.html/
For several years I have tried to learn more about Liatris and to grow several varieties in our garden. (These attempts are mainly to grow a flower the butterflies around here love.)
I have tried: L. spicata, kobold, violette, squarrosa, pycnostachya, ligulistylis, alba, puntata, and scariosa.
Some of these have been grown from seeds (Specialty Perennials) or corms (spicata from B & B and alba from Home Depot) and others were purchased from Greenfield Plant Farm.
Although I have many spicata growing in the garden from B & B corms this year, most of the other liatris have succumbed to our wet winters and lack of snow cover for winter protection. We also suffer from an overpopulation of voles who seem to love the roots of these perennials. I do have one large pycnostachya (I think it is called 'September Glory') that has survived and I like it because it blooms later than the spicata (although not in September). I have five plants of L. ligulistylis growing in the sunny mailbox garden at the Prilla house, and I will be curious to see if they like the placement (full sun, not much extra water, space to grow). I also will watch to see if the monarchs find this particular liatris.
The article linked above explains in detail cultural differences found among the different varieties. I think I err with growing some of the varieties of liatris by not providing a sunny, well drained soil, with plenty of space between each plant.
When I first became interested in Liatris about five years ago, there was barely a listing of the plant in Plantfiles. Now I notice there are probably 30 or 40 types on file there and many nurserymen offer different kinds in the trade.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
How to Grow Hardy Geraniums from Seed (T & M)The three most commonly grown species of geraniums are:
1.Geranium clarkei. - Clarke's geranium is best know for the white flowered 'Kashmir White'. 'Kashmir White' is not the hardiest grower, but the white flowers and finely cut foliage seem to make it garden worthy. 'Kashmir Purple' is a more vigorous plant. It also spreads more vigorously.
2.Geranium endressii - This is probably the most commonly grown cultivar of geranium and the one that put true geraniums on the gardening map. No photo of a renowned British garden seemed to be without a swath or 'Wargrave Pink' with its very vigorous growth habit and salmon pink flowers. 18-24 inches tall, this plant is an excellent border plant and should be on every gardener's hit list for geranium culture.
3.Geranium sanguineum - This is a rapidly spreading geranium that makes a wonderful groundcover. It spreads, but it's not invasive and can easily be divided and shared. G. sanguineum is often referred to as 'Bloody Cranesbill' because the leaves turn a deep, blood red in fall. The flowers tend to be in the magenta - pink range. Varieties range in size from 3" 'John Elsley' to 2-ft. tall 'Splendens'
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Echinaceas coneflowers rudbeckia studypennefeather reports on Echinacea bloom times in the perennial forum.
My Kim's Knees hasn't bloomed yet, but I'm expecting the first one is about a week. I just planted them this year though. I do have some echinaeas that have already bloomed - I think that they are magnus. The new ones that I planted have several blooms, the already established ones still aren't blooming yet. I do have Kim's mophead which also looks like it might show its first bloom this week.
Sunday, October 29, 2006A pot of Elephant Ear 'Nigra', coral bells and liriope variegata near the front door August 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006Our new birdbath fountain in the front garden with coral bells, hemerocallis 'rosy returns', impatiens, ajuga 'bronze beauty',
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
A few Perennial Combinations Summer, 2006Pale lavenders to bright purples emerge in the June garden....
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Hibiscus & Tropical PerennialsWe added two hardy hibiscus to the front garden, in part because I thought I had read that hummingbirds liked them. I don't think that is true however, since I never saw an HB go near them. Perhaps it is the tropical hibiscus that is so popular with them, since we had four of them 2 years ago and the HBs were constantly buzzing them.
We planted Hibiscus "Plum Crazy" hybridized by the Fleming Brothers of Nebraska. Very pretty purple blooms with purple edged leaves, and I hope they survive the winter!
List of Hibiscus //home.att.net/~SHA-IV/#DifficultToGrowHG
Monday, September 4, 2006
Perennials that Bloom the First Year from SeedFrom Gloria's thread/notes:
Blanket Flower 'Goblin'
Cardinal Flower 'Fan' series
Carpathian Bellflower 'Uniform' series
Columbine 'Song Bird' series; 'McKana's Giant' mix
Coreopsis 'Early Sunrise'
Digitalis 'Camelot Mix'
Feverfew 'Tetra White'
Hollyhock 'Summer Carnival' mix
Hybrid Sage 'Blue Queen'
Iceland Poppy 'Meadow Pastels'
Maiden Pink 'Zing Rose'
Mallow 'Disco Belle' series
Purple Coneflower 'Magnus'
Shasta Daisy 'White Knight'
Veronica 'Blue Banquet,' 'Sightseeing Mix'
Yarrow 'Colorado,' 'Summer Pastels'
Wednesday, February 8, 2006
Bluestone Purchases February 2006 SaleMonarda Coral Reef 6.975 Status: Cancelled
Ratibida Red Coneflower 5.373 OK
Agastache Apricot Sprite 8.760 ???
Echinacea Paradoxa 10.359 one thrived
Eupatorium Gateway 10.359 think I pulled it for a 'weed'
Herb Cilantro 5.559 something ate it
Herb Italian Parsley 5.559 did fine but no swallowtails
Herb Greek Oregano 5.559 delicious in pasta sauce
Herb Pineapple Sage 5.559 a little weedy
Liatris Kobold 10.359 love it (pictured below)
Lobelia Ruby Slipper 9.558 didn't need it
Monarda Jacob Cline 10.359 did OK
Monarda Prairie Night 8.760 ??
Ratibida Red Midget 8.760 cute--saved seeds?
Rudbeckia Prairie Sun 9.558 love it (pictured below)
Salvia Uliginosa 8.760 Hummers liked it; I didn't
April 18. Bluestone Perennials package arrived today just as I requested. Back order of Liatris and Monarda which I called to cancel. I don't know why I thought I would need these plants as my wintersowing seedlings are looking healthy and ready to plant out, too. I should have had more confidence in my Wintersowing talent and saved my $125. Bluestone bill! Next year I will know!
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