Perennial/Flowering Shrub Gardening
Starting a new thread devoted to perennials and flowering shrubs. With so many choices in our growing zone 6, it’s fun to see who is growing what and who has success with deer resistant plants.
Please post a pic with as much information as you can include (botanical and common name, sun vs. shade, watering needs, fertilizer needs, special considerations, etc).
I’ll post a few to get started.
Brunnera “Jack of Diamonds”
This is the second year for this plant. It was purchased at Lowe’s. It gets a few hours of morning sun then is in shade in the afternoon. The current size of this plant is about 18 inches high and 2 feet wide. When I planted it last spring, I wasn’t sure what I needed to do with it at the end of the season, so I just let it go into the winter. I did not trim back any foliage. But it came back beautifully on its own. Very low maintenance and has pretty blue flowers. The deer don’t bother it at all.
This is the third year for this plant. Also purchased at Lowe’s. I’m not sure of the variety, but this is a sturdy little plant. It was dug up once last year by a contractor by mistake and I replanted it and it did great. This plant gets a few hours of morning sun then is in shade in the afternoon like the plant above. It doesn’t like to dry out so if we haven’t had rain, I do water it a little, otherwise very low maintenance and deer resistant.
I have other varieties of coral bells that I just planted this year and I’m curious to see how they will do. Pics on those to follow.
Heuchera/Coral Bells “Caramel”
I believe the flowers on this one will be white. I especially like the color of the foliage on this plant. Pink underneath and yellow on top.
How were you able to post 5 times in a row, when they normally won't allow more than 2 in a row? Is it because you started the thread, or???
By the way, I like all the plants you posted. I'm partial to Azaleas myself, even more than Rhododendrons, but planting is somewhat verboten here since I can't put anything in the way of landscapers, unless I do containers on my relatively small patio. If not, there'd be mucho roses and smaller species maples and dogwoods!
Not sure Phil D.
My friend is trying blueberry plants in containers on her patio. There are small varieties that do well in containers (if you can handle containers on the larger size). Many of the plants are self fertilizing so if you can only manage one, you should get fruit.
Does anyone know if roses can be grown in containers or do they need to be planted in the ground?
It looks like they can, BC!
Let us know how yours do!
Lenten rose. Hellebore. Shade partial shade. Early bloomer. Long flowering. Nice foliage until frost.
I didn't know they had self-pollinating blueberry varieties, as it was usually recommended to get two or three of the same variety. From what I had found out at the time, not even all varieties will pollinate other varieties, so you had to be careful to get varieties that were either the same, or were one of the associated ones that would pollinate with each other. I dug mine up, and gave them to a neighbor who's also a friend and co-worker, before I moved here. Same with a grape vine or two.
I love the Mr. Maple, Jackson and Perkins, and Baker Heirloom Seeds websites.
It'll be probably a month for many of my perennials, only a few things out at the moment.
I'm very greateful to iris for giving me this white bleeding heart, dicentra spectabilis, variety Alba. They bloom early, give you a bunch of foliage after the flowers go. Then slowly fade into yellow by mid summer or so.
For a shrub in the early spring, has to be lilacs, Syringa vulgaris. Reminds me of growing up when we had a huge bush that seemed to grow forever. I have one white and one purple, just like we did then. It's the smell of spring.
Colette gave me Solomon Seal, Polygonatum odoratum. Variegated leaves and has rhizomes like an iris. Spreads easily. Like an over grown lily of the valley.
Don't generally pay much attention to zones, water, fertilizing, etc. other than a few want some acid fertilizer, and some like this want some shade. Otherwise they're just either gonna or grow or not. That's my basic philosophy.
I can probably get a pic of last year's Virginia Blue Bells. That's already come and gone. Some other people's irises are already out, mine are getting close. With the rain I can see one single poppy starting to open. I'll have a pic of that when it happens.
GC, I love both of those too. And you are absolutely correct about lilacs! They are the smell of spring. There are three bushes between my property and my neighbor’s. I can smell them when I step outside!
Virginia Bluebells, mertensia virginica, from prior year.
These are perfect for over planting. After blooming, the foliage completely detaches and you wouldn't know it was ever there.
half of the recent posts will be eaten by deers.
the local deers have changed, they even eat green giant arbovitae
Phil D check out Legacy and Duke.
4 weeks ago
Cool, thanks, I will.
4 weeks ago
I planted roses in containers/pots on the patio a few years ago and they didn’t survive the winter so I’m guessing they need to be planted in the ground if you want them to come back. That’s been my experience with any perennial or long lived plant.
2 weeks ago
Roses in a pot need good, consistent watering as well a pot large enough to spread its roots. Just like you would cover them in frost outside, you'd probably want to take them inside over winter.
Poppies came out and for once the rain hasn't washed them all away. On the other hand I worry now about enough water for everything.
The first of the irises are in bloom, with more to come.
I picked a bad time to plant grass seed over bare ground. The watering has been tough to keep up with!
The grass was planted where we had two trees removed and stumps ground - a year ago. Under one of the old trees were a few burgundy heuchera/coral bells. They were ground up with the stumps last year.
Fast forward to today, I think I see a tiny coral bell on the edge of the lawn 40 feet away! So I dug it up and relocated it to a better spot. I am surprised to even see one so far away from their original location. Goes to show you these little plants are tougher than they seem.
The poppies and iris are beautiful GC! I wish poppies were easier to grow. They seem to be challenging to grow?
2 weeks ago
3wbdwnj - Thanks, I have joyful to thank for the poppies. They seem to be very difficult to transplant, not to grow. Once they're in, they do great and spread easily. But they have a long delicate taproot. I've been able to transplant at the beginning of the spring when they're small enough to get the whole plant.
I have more columbines than I know what to do with. I can give them away every year and they still seem to show up some how.
Amsonia (blue star) is a native plant and very over looked.
GC you are right! My mom had those and loved them.
Now, can anyone explain what the yellow flowers are at the tips of the racemes on my baptisia? There are multiple examples of this on my plant which is at least 10 years old.
The rainy day we had on Saturday was such a relief to all the plants. They were so thirsty and I could really see a difference in growth between then and now.
1 week ago
3wbdwnj - I think you answered your own question: "they were so thirsty". My own baptisia grew almost a foot right after that rain. It's up to 4 1/2 ft and still going to grow another foot. I haven't taken a picture yet but will post soon. I also have a baptisia minor in addition to the Purple Smoke that's so large.
This Jack In The Pulpit was a stowaway plant that arrived together with the sweet spire I got years ago at a PA garden club event.
I have a perennial geranium (Crane's Bill, not the annual type) that seems to have changed color this year. It was blue for several prior years but has now gone pink.
I love those too. I wish I had the space.
1 week ago
Peonies out in full force.
Here's my baptisia for comparison.
I need to divide my baptisia. It is enormous and if I didn’t put a hoop support in, it would be on the ground
Peonies and two new spirea this year started blooming.
Can anyone identify this?
3wbdwnj - judging by the stalks the flowers are on and the leaves, it looks a lot like a day lily although what variety I wouldn't guess. The only other thing that might look something like that are a couple of tulip varieties with flowers like that, but are one flower on a different kind of stalk.
At least the salvia hasn't skipped a beat - dry, hot, and all.
Dianthus also unphased.
That unidentified plant does look more like a tulip, but tulips are long gone at this point. It’s about 12”x12” so much smaller than a lily. Its something that was always there and I could never figure out what it was. Lol
14 hours ago
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