Category Archives: perennial plants

June Blooms

Beings the spring was so early things are a little “off” in my garden.  These two plants are two of my favorites for usually mid-late June bloom.  They both bloom for a long time and are adaptable to many conditions.

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Red Valerian-Centranthus ruber ‘Coccineus’

This plant looks best mixed in with other plants to kind of “hold it up”.  It doesn’t really flop, but appreciates the support of plants around it. It will reach 18–24″ tall and has these beautiful dark pink flowers for many weeks.  Looks great with yellow flowers and the butterflies are attracted to it.  The foliage is a semi-glossy blue gray color with no disease problems.

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Stachys monnieri ‘Hummelo’

Stachys ‘Hummelo’ is a very easy plant to grow that is adaptable to many conditions.  One of those conditions is drought,  It has no problem getting through a dry spell and still looking good!  The flowers are no overly large, so I usually plant this one is a grouping to get a big effect. It can reach 20″ and the blooms are long lasting. Not your usual Lamb’s Ear!!

Early Visitors

Everything is early this year.  Including the butterflies!  We have enjoyed so many days outside this spring and are so amazed at all the butterflies we are seeing already.  Here’s a few shots- Enjoy!

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Gas Plant In Bloom!!

DSC_0221It’s been a crazy couple of weeks here and I just about missed getting a picture of the blooms.  Isn’t it beautiful??  Ok, so it’s better in person.  So… why not stop out at the farm!  I’m open on Fridays in May and June from 9am–7pm.

American Hosta Growers Association Hosta of the Year

Hosta ‘Liberty’

Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

This hosta is a sport of the famous large leaved Hosta ‘Sagae’ (pronounced seg-way). It boasts wide, jetting, yellow margins which lighten to creamy white. The leaves are thick, which provide better slug resistance. It has lavender flowers in early to mid-summer. It will mature to 26″ tall and 40″ wide.

Past Hosta Growers Association Hostas of the Year include:

  • 2011—’Praying Hands’
  • 2010—’First Frost’
  • 2009—’Earth Angel’
  • 2008—’Blue Mouse Ears’
  • 2007—’Paradigm’
  • 2006—’Stained Glass’
  • 2005—’Striptease’
  • 2004—’Sum & Substance’
  • 2003—’Regal Splendor’
  • 2002—’Guacamole’

I will have Hosta ‘Liberty’ available at the market this year in limited quantities. They are $10 each.

2012 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year

Jack Frost Brunnera- Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

‘Jack Frost’ Brunnera is definitely worth the honor of the Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year.  This easy to grow shade lover is a great accent to the large leaves of hostas, the delicate foliage of astilbe and the dark green of ginger root.  The silver foliage really pops in the darkness of a shade garden and the delicate blue flowers are a real bonus!  I have not noticed this one to reseed like the plain Brunnera macrophylla, but if it did, I don’t think I’d mind!  It is a low growing, mounding perennial that only reaches 12–15 inches.

I will have these available this spring at the market for $10 each.

Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.