These plants give more each year
Flower gardening in our climate can be a difficult activity with many temperature extremes, bad soil and high winds.† Homeowners admire the immaculate flower beds at office parks, gardens and casinos without realizing how much work, planning and expense go into keeping them in top form.† Most of these areas are planted with annual flowers which are replaced several times during the year.
Save time, money and effort by planting perennial varieties.† These flowering plants donít die after one season, but return from dormancy, increasing in size, vigor and beauty, year after year.† Some are shorter lived than others; some bloom at different times; some require protection in severe winters.† Through careful selection, you can have color and foliage in your garden all year long. Perennials are the perfect solution for gardeners on a budget, those who donít have the time or inclination for regular maintenance an annual bed requires, or those who just want the ďEnglish GardenĒ look.
Here are some excellent varieties to consider:
◊ Sun Rose
Black-eyed Susan.† This cheery daisy is easy to grow, preferring full sun and widely spaced watering.† Yellow flowers with a black or green eye.
Bush Daisy (euriops).† These shrubby yellow daisies will bloom all winter in a mild year.† Cut back occasionally to encourage blooming.
Bush Morning Glory.† Striking variety forms a rounded mass of silvery-gray foliage covered with white, trumpet shaped flowers spring through fall.† Extremely tough and water efficient, this one is an exceptional addition to any desert garden.† (top)
Canna Lily.† Among the most tropical-looking of all hardy, blooming plants.† Marked by banana-like leaves and orchid-like flowers in shades ranging from bicolor through scarlet to canary yellow.† Tall forms reach six feet or more; dwarfs are closer to three feet.† Dormant in winter.† (top)
Carnation.† Garden varieties, normally seen as bushy, compact dwarfs, thrive under routine care.† Shades range from scarlet through pink to white.† Some are sweetly fragrant.
Chrysanthemum.† These classic fall bloomers come in all colors except true blue.† Some varieties bloom in spring as well.† Cut back in June for re-bloom in fall; remove spent foliage in winter.† Pinch early buds for more vigorous production.† (top)
Coreopsis.† †††Tough, low-maintenance/ high-performance plant is covered with yellow, daisy-like flowers spring through fall.† Excellent for borders or cut flowers.† Remove spent flowers for continued bloom.
Daylily.† Hybrid varieties show color from pink through lavender to bicolor, as well as the traditional yellow, red and orange.† As the name suggests, each flower lasts a day, but several blooms occur on each flower stalk.† Can be divided every two or three years.
Gaura.† Pretty southwest native is covered with branching flower spikes of pink or white blooms.† Extremely long blooming period.† Fits well in dry or traditional gardens.† Remove flower spikes when blooms fall.† (top)
Geranium.† Available in many varieties including delightful scented varieties.† Martha Washington has neon bright, multicolor flowers; Trailing Ivy is the toughest and excellent for containers and hanging baskets.†††† Give these some protection on the coldest winter nights.
Society Garlic.† Ornamental, garlic relative has spikes of pretty lavender flowers on and off all year.† Foliage smells much like garlic, and some use the green leaves for seasoning.† Good for traditional or dry landscapes.† (top)
Western Columbine.† Delicate, shapely foliage produces nodding stems of† red and yellow flowers in spring.† Hybrid varieties have many different colors.† Give this one late afternoon shade and good, rich soil for best performance.† Pretty addition to traditional gardens.
Good drainage is very important for plant health. For best results, amend your soil with Paydirt‘ Planting Mix.† Add Dr. Qís“ Gold Dust Starter Fertilizer and Dr. Qís“ Plant Tonic when planting your choices. If your soil simply wonít drain, you can try building a raised flower bed, or put your flowers into outdoor containers or pots.
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