While much of the enjoyment of gardening comes from tending the plants and flowers, there is also great pleasure to be gained by just sitting and looking at what is growing in the garden. This group of easy care plants is more for people who are attracted to the latter approach who incline to the view that once planted the flowers should look after themselves. These plants are described in an article by Sally Roth which I found on the Birds and Blooms website.
Every gardener dreams of plants they can pop in the ground and enjoy for years to come without a lot of work or maintenance?plants anyone can grow.
It?s not too late in the season to add these kinds of plants to your backyard landscape. In fact, it?s a wonderful time to score deals on perennials and fill in those bare spots in your garden.
These plants, as long as they are hardy in your region, will adapt to all sorts of soil, from lush loam to clay, and to all kinds of conditions. They look good even when they?re out of bloom, lending texture with their handsome foliage. All you need is six hours of sunlight a day. Then, just plant and walk away.
Splash of SunshineHappy yellow flowers will light up any backyard. Start scouting for great daffodils, a bulb celebrated for their resistance to deer, squirrels and other critters. Varieties to look for include King Alfred and Tete A Tete.
For a low-maintenance, midseason bloomer, choose Happy Returns daylily. It?s a rebloomer that sends up occasional blooms all season and its lemony flowers complement any companion. Plant this downsized daylily in front of beds or among other garden flowers for contrasting foliage.
One of the tallest garden perennials is a cutleaf coneflower. This rugged heirloom is perfect for brightening a privacy fence. Tie garden twine or plant tape around the stems through the fence to help them hold up the fluffy double yellow daisies.
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Get the Blues
Veronicas have been garden favorites for years, thanks to their bluest-of-blue color and agreeable disposition. Go for upright growers like Sunny Border Blue or Royal Candles for months of bloom, or plant groundcover types such as Georgia Blue.
Catmint (Nepeta) creates a billow of blue that begins at bearded-iris season and keeps going until fall. Look for Six Hills Giant, Walker?s Low and Blue Wonder that are better behaved in the garden.
For a dramatic blue-purple color, try May Night or East Friesland salvias. They?re perfect partners for white Shasta daisies or pale pink dianthus.
Lavender-blue Monch aster (Aster x frikartii) kicks in at the June peak of perennial bloom, much earlier than many asters, and keeps going through the first fall frosts. Hardy geranium Rozanne, whose intense blue will make your jaw drop, blooms the same way. Both are hardy to Zone 5.