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Submitted by: Carlotta Lucas

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Horticulture Report: Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

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Common Name: montbretia
Type: Perennial Bulb
Height: 2-4 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Scarlet red
Sun: Full sun -Part shade
Water: Medium amount, but regular watering
Maintenance: Medium
Attributes: Showy Flowers, Attracts Butterflies & Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant,
Use: Cut Garden, Mass plantings, Pool-side planting, Borders, Containers, Contemporary Garden, Cottage Garden, Hummingbird Gardens.
USDA Zone: 5-9

Flowers for Hummingbirds

Bradbury Beeblam

Bee Balm

  Bee Balm (Monarda bradburiana: Perennial USDA Zone 5-8, Blooms May, Full Sun -Part Shade.

Zinnas: Annual USDA Zone 2-11 , Blooms June –Frost, Full Sun

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Zinna

Hostas: Perennial  USDA Zone 3-8,  Blooms May, Part Shade to Full Shade.

Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans): Perennial USDA Zone 8-11, Blooms August –October, Full Sun. Deer resistant!

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Hibiscus

  Hibiscus, aka:‘Hardy Hibiscus’: Perennial  USDA Zone 5-9, Blooms July – Sept., Full Sun.

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Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’–aka: Montbretia: Perennial USDA Zone 5-9, Blooms June –August, Full Sun-Part Shade. Deer resistant!

Salvia Amistad, aka: ‘Friendship Sage’: Perennial USDA Zone 8-10, Blooms July – Frost, Full Sun.  Deer resistant!

Hot Lips Salvia (Salvia microphylla): Perennial USDA Zone 8-10, Blooms June – Frost, Full Sun.  Deer resistant!

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Hot Lips Salvia

Scarlet Sage (Salvia splendens): Perennial USDA Zone 10-11, otherwise an annual, Blooms June –Frost, Full Sun – Part Shade

Alstroemeria: Perennial  USDA Zone 8-10, Blooms June – Sept.,  Full Sun with afternoon shade.

Horticulture Report: Dierama pulcherrimum

Plant Name: Dierama pulcherrimum


Common Name : Angel’s Fishing Rod or Fairy’s Wandflower
Plant type: Perennial
Height:   4-5 feet
Width:   4-5  feet
Bloom Time: June – August
Flower Color: Deep Pink, Light Pink, White
Exposure:  Full Sun
Soil Requirements: Well drained
Water Needs:  Moderate
Attributes:  Good Texture & Form, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Bell-shaped Flowers
Note: Slow Growth Rate
Uses: Accent, Borders, Cut flower, Specimen plant, Massed plantings
USDA Zone:  7-9

Horticulture Report: Kinnikinnick

Plant Name:  Arctostaphylos uva-ursi100_7668F.JPG
Common Name: Kinnikinnick, Red Bearberry
Plant type: Ground cover
Height:   6-12 Inches
Spread: Trailing to 15 Feet
Bloom Time: May -June
Flower Color: White tinged with Pink,  Urn-shaped and Waxy
Exposure:  Sun to Part Shade
Soil Requirements: Rocky or Sandy, Acid Soil.  Soil should not be compacted around the plants and plants should not be fertilized.
Water Needs: Low
Attributes: Firewise Pant, Evergreen, Drought-Tolerant , Cold and Heat tolerant, Fall Color,  Mat-Forming Low Shrub,  Pollen is beneficial to Native Bees, Hummingbirds & Butterflies.  Red Fall Berries are favored by birds and wildlife.
Native Habitat: Rocky, open woods; dry, sandy hills; mountainous regions
Uses: Ground Cover, Rock Gardens, Erosion Control, Footpath control.
USDA Zone:  2-6