Monday, July 29, 2013

6 More Hardy Perennials to Make Your Garden Sing

Hardy Perrenials

Hi there fellow garden enthusiasts. Welcome to my little blog. I thought I would share with you a few more pics of my flowers. 

So come along with me on a tour of my garden as I share 6 more hardy perennials that I have growing in my gardens.

I’m always on the lookout for perennials that will bloom the longest with a variety of heights, colours and bloom times.

The variety of colour and heights of the flowers will add visual interest while the different bloom times keeps your garden in bloom all season long.

For a structured garden, you may want to keep your bloom colours down to three. Just like interior decorating, you want coherency you should have one main colour and two accent colours. 

For a less formal garden just go wild. It really depends on your taste.

Purple Pink Cone Flowers

Purple Cone Flowers, Echinacea purpurea.

This first flower is very popular. They are called Purple Cone Flowers. The scientific name for it is Echinacea purpurea.

I love these. My daughter bought and planted them. I don’t think the flowers were meant for me as much as they were for the sheer fun of gardening.

These are great perennials. They propagate themselves and every couple of years they can be easily divided.

Their blossoms are a fair size and if you want a big impact of colour then these are for you. The blossoms come in pinkpurpleredand white.

The blossoms tend to get too heavy so I have to support them with bamboo or tomato cages or watch the wind and rain flatten them to the ground.

Purple Cone Flowers are suppose to flourish in full sun and moist soil. However they are adaptable and drought tolerant. They do just fine in the dry conditions of the heat wave.

If you’d like to attract butterflies and birds into your garden then Purple Cone Flowers would be a welcome addition.

Purple Balloon Flower

Balloon Flower, Platycodon grandifloruss

Ah, the Balloon Flower, otherwise known as Platycodon grandifloruss. It is named for the shape of its buds. Once established, it's virtually maintenance free.

I bought this perennial because I liked the colour, shape and size of the blooms (flower is approximately 1 ½” in diameter). Oh, and because I planned to put it in the garden that has full sun. And the plant only grows up to 8” in height which is a nice contrast to the purple cone flowers.

The petals are purple but they also come in white and pink.

Apparently they are good for borders, containers, rock gardens and cut flowers.

The Balloon Flower is supposed to bloom from early to late summer. But my flowers literally blossom and fade within a few days. I wait and wait all year long for them and if I don’t get out into the garden fast enough, they are gone before I can see them.

Or the problem just might be that I have three little angels who love to pop the buds.  If you look in the picture, you can see some roundish buds. They are full of air and when squeezed by the thumb and pointer finger, they make a funny popping sound which is pure delight to little girls. Unfortunately if the buds are popped, there will be no flowers.

pink flowers

These are so pretty. Clusters of small pink flowers. Every year there are more. These are from my daughter. Mother’s Day gift I think. Definitely want these flowers again.

They are called Arend's Phlox. The scientific name is Phlox x arendsii 'Anja'.

They are absolutely gorgeous. Full color and maintenance free.

white daisy

Shasta Daisy,  Leucanthemum

Its large, cheery flowers and trouble free foliage make Shasta daisy a natural addition to a sunny garden. This clump-forming, perennial blooms from early summer to fall on 2 to 3 feet tall stems. You may need to provide support to keep the taller ones from falling over.

It is a hardy perennial that endures a wide range of soils and is drought tolerant.

These white flowers attract butterflies. 

They are good for container and rock gardening. They also look fantastic cut and displayed on your summer table or dried to enjoy all year round.

Orange Daylily

Daylily, Hemerocallis 'Darius'

I believe this extremely popular perreinnal is called 'Lady Lucille'. It is definietely a Daylily. 

This particular daylily has bright orange, 6-inch flowers that bloom mid to late summer.

Expect it to reach up to 2 feet in height in partial sun with an average growth rate. My Daylily is in full sun and seems to be doing just fine.

Daylilies come in a large variety of colours. They attract butterflies and are drought tolerant.

This flower is good for container gardening, massing, woodland gardens and ground cover.

This was a gift from a friend. I have a few in my front garden and a few in the back. They have such nice big blooms and I am grateful to be gifted with them.

Chive Blossom

Chives, Allium schoenoprasum

I believe this is a chive blossom. Chive flowers are so pretty. My daughter planted a small batch a few years ago and they keep coming back every year. 

This edible plant enjoys full sun and grows up to 2 feet high, blooming late spring to early summer.

They are adaptable to different soil conditions.0

This flower is full of seeds. Chives tend to pop up all over the garden and the grass. That’s okay. They are easy to pull out.

On the other hand, mint is not easy to control or get rid of. I don’t have a picture of these from my garden but take it from me the roots seem to burrow long distances and I find mint in the grass. When I pull on it, I find a long root close to the surface of the ground making it’s way back to the original plant. They also spread fast and choke out the surrounding plants. I have to cut them back aggressively several times during the summer.

You know, I was just going to share a few flowers from my garden, then I started going down memory lane.

I have so many more plants. I didn't get pictures of them all. Bummer.

Oh well. The garden at this house was so much better than the garden at the first house and the next garden will be even better.

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  1. The nice thing about the plants you list is they need very little care to survive and divide easily. I would also add black-eyed Susan to the list.

    1. Hi Savvy,
      The plants I listed were plants from my garden. I tried Black Eyed Susans. They looked nice the first year then they never came back the following year.

  2. These are stunning. Since I live in the desert, it is way too hot right now, but come fall I can plant some of these gorgeous flowers. Yours are so beautiful. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  3. Hi Marty
    Thank you, the pictures came out nice. I look forward to seeing your garden in the fall.