Plant Name: Salix purpurea ‘ Nana’ Common Name: Dwarf Purple Willow Plant type: Deciduous shrub Height: 6 ft Spread: 6 ft Blooms: April – May Flowers Color: White, Green Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Requirements: Lean, well-drained Water Needs: Evenly Moist, somewhat drought tolerant when established. Attributes: Prized for it’s blue-green foliage and deep purple stems. Quick growing. Deer resistant. Showy flowers attracts butterflies & hummingbirds. Note: Can be kept smaller with winter pruning to the ground. Tolerates Black Walnut. Uses: Pollinator garden, Good for wet areas, Beds and borders, Foundation planting, Rain garden. Whips used in basket making. Pond and Creek-side plantings. Native to: Europe and Western Asia USDA Hardiness Zone: 3a-8b
Plant Name: Gaillardia aristata Common Name: Gallo Peach Blanket Flower Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial Height: 12-16 inches Spread: 12-16 inches Bloom Time: Spring to late summer Flower Color: Yellow with peachy gold blush, Yellow-orange center. Exposure: Full Sun Soil Requirements: Best in poor sandy soil, does not like clay soil. Water Needs: Water well until established, then water occasionally Attributes: Showy prolific flowers, Long bloomer, Drought tolerant once established, Deer resistant, Attracts Butterflies, Interesting globe seed pods Note: Clip spent flowers to encourage repeat blooms. Cut back in late summer to encourage second blooming in the fall. Divide every 2-3 years. Uses: Cut flowers, Borders, Perennial garden, Pollinator garden, Native garden, Butterfly Gardens. Native to: Patented plant USDA Hardiness Zone: 6-10
Today in the garden… Plant Name: Verbascum
Common name: hybrid ‘Southern Charm’ Plant type: Herbaceous perennial Height: 2-3 ft Spread: 1-2 ft Bloom Time: May- September (de-head to continue blooming time) FlowerColor: Pastel shades: lavender, buff, cream, soft rose Exposure: Full sun Soil Requirements: Well drained soil, grows on rocky slopes. Avoid highly fertile and wet soils!
Water Needs: Dry to medium Attributes: Showy erect flowers, velvet leaves Note: Drought tolerate, deer resistant ( maybe!), short lived perennial but it self-seeds Uses: Perennial garden, cottage garden, vertical accent, cut flower Native to: Europe to North Africa to Western and Central Asia. USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Plant Name: Cobaea sandens Common Name: Cup & Saucer Vine
Family: Polemoniaceae Plant type:Sub-tropical Vine (annual below zone 9) Height: 10-25 feet Bloom Time:Seasonal (In a greenhouse it flowers year round) FlowerColor: Violet or White Exposure:Full Sun Soil Requirements: Rich, moist, good drainage Water Needs: Medium Attributes:Showy Bell Flowers, Fragrant, Attracts Hummingbirds & Butterflies Note: Mexico native, flowers last 4 days, Circa 1828 ~ RHS Award of Garden Merit Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost.
Uses: Garden wall, Fence and Trellis plant, Container plant with adequate support, USDA Zone: 9-11
Check your local nurseries and garden center for seeds and/or plants.