Wednesday, July 14, 2010

And More Perennials For The Garden

I hope that by next week I’ll have finished posting about all the new plants that have been added to my garden. But I’m not sure that’s a realistic goal considering all the sales going on around town this month that have me bringing home more plants. I’m weak when it comes to these types of sales, especially when I run across a plant that is really, really cool. Or a plant that I can finally afford.

Anyhow, let’s just get to today’s list of new plants...

1) Astilbe × arendsii ‘Bressingham Beauty’

I had no idea when I started gardening outdoors this year that I’d become so fond of Astilbes. But I have. And here is another pretty one that I’ve added to the front of our home. It produces long, arching deep-pink plumes from early to mid summer.

2) Delphinium grandiflorum 'Summer Blues'

I couldn’t resist the soft-blue blooms on this pretty little thing, so I picked up two (on sale) and planted them both in the middle of my backyard.

3) Cimicifuga (Actaea) simplex ‘Black Negligee’

I find this plant very interesting with its dark foliage. It’s supposed to be a late-blooming perennial – around mid fall – and that’s really cool; it’s always nice to have some flowers growing right before the winter arrives.

4) Cimicifuga simplex ‘White Pearl’

This is another Cimicifuga that caught my eye at the garden center last week, especially when I discovered that it can handle shade, which is great because I have some spots in the garden that don’t offer that much sun. This particular one sometimes flowers into November. That would be nice.

5) Delphinium ‘Blue Bird’

I picked up this plant because of its interesting foliage, the pretty blue-purple flowers it will make and the fact that it grows tall (close to 4 feet). Plus, it was on sale; that usually does it for me. It’s planted on the right side of my yard, and it should be blooming very soon. Cool.

6) Astilbe 'Zuster (Sister) Theresa'

Apparently, this is considered one of the best Astilbes. I didn’t know it at the time that I picked it up; I bought this Astilbe because it looked very interesting, it fit perfectly into an empty spot in my garden and it was on sale. The fact that it’s a prime choice for an Astilbe is icing on the cake.

7) Rodgersia pinnata ‘Rotlaub’

I had my eye on this plant for a long time, but refused to pay the full price for it. It wasn’t that expensive to begin with, but I was determined to buy it on sale. Well, the price was reduced last week, so I took one home with me. I planted it on the right side of my yard where it will grow anywhere from three to four feet tall. The appeal was the interesting foliage.

8) Campanula persicifolia 'Alba'

I recently read some interesting (and positive) things about Campanulas in a gardening magazine, so I decided to give one a try. Plus, this one was also on sale, so I couldn’t resist. We’ll see how it does.

9) Eupatorium ‘Phantom’

Eupatoriums are another group of plants that I seem to be attracted to. This dwarf Joe-Pye Weed, which was on sale at a great price, will produce clusters of rosy-purple flowers in late summer that are a magnet to butterflies. And you can never have too many butterflies.

10) Phlox paniculata ‘David’

Also on sale, this Phlox produces spectacular, Hydrangea-like flower clusters from mid summer to early fall that are supposed to be sweetly fragrant. That’s nice, no?

That wraps up another post about the new perennials I’ve added to my garden. I’ve got a few more plants to write about, which I’ll get to – hopefully – within the next few days.

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