Use flowering plants and herbs to dress up your garden and with careful selection repell many garden pest(insects).
I do not have decitated flower beds. Flowers that like me(the ones that don’t die) get tucked away almost any place in the garden that I can find/spare the space. My only real consideration is that the flowering plant must grow taller than vines it may be planted near.
African Daisy is hardy, colorful Annual Flower. With it’s showy, colorful blooms with dark centers and sharply pointed petals make this plant a hot climate garden flower. It is easy to grow and drought tolerant.
African daisy needs a well drained rich soil. It will tolerate dry soils making it a good choice for container planting.
Seeds germinate at 60%F to 70%F and will emerge in 7 to 14 days after planting. Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep, 4 to 6 inches apart. Thin to 12 to 18 inched apart.
* Flame is a brilliant orange red flowers are bold and striking on 6 to 8” tall, silver leaved plants. Good for containers.
* Wine has wine colored flowers on drought tolerant, cold tolerant (to 20°F) plants with silver foliage. Good planted mid-summer for Fall color in your garden.
Blue Globe Allium
Spring-Flowering Bulb, Summer and Fall flowering bulb.
Blue Globe Alliums bear 1 to 2 inch spherical clusters of star shaped blue flowers on stalks 2 feet tall. A native of the steppes of Russia, it performs best under hot, dry conditions. matures at 12 to 18 inches tall with 2 to 4 inch flowers.
Blue Globe likes a well drained fertile soil. Plant the bulbs 2 to 4 inches deep.
Divide and replant bulbs and in fall. You can also plant the bulblets that form in the flowerhead.
You may want to consider one or more of the Alliums. Something like the
* Giant allium. It matures at about 5 ot 6 feet in height with 4 to 6 inch flower heads.
* Globemaster allium grows upto 3 feet tall with 6 to 8 inch flower globs.
* Purple allium bear 4 inch spherical clusters of star shaped flowers on stalks 3 feet tall.
* Star of Persia allium may be more to your liking. Showy and unusual, the Star of Persia Allium’s flowerhead can be up to 1 foot in diameter. With nearly 100 metallic violet flowers that create a starburst like bloom.
Bugleweed A perennial flowering ground cover. Is a low growing creeping evergreen groundcover is one of the few that tolerates dry shade. With adequate moisture, bugleweed rapidly carpets the ground with showy green or multicolor foliage.
Likes part shade but will tolerate direct sun for part of the day if kept well watered.
It needs well drained soil and will tolerates poor soils. Bugleweed flowers in Spring and early Summer. Most common flower color is blue, but may be indigo, violet, white, pink or purple.
A few varieties that you may like.
* Atropurpurea showy purple green leaves
* Burgundy Glow attractive leaves have silvery sheen and are tinted with deep red. Margins are tinted cream and various shades of pink. May not be evergreen in cold winters.
* Giant Bronze 9 inch tall plants with deep bronze green foliage.
* Jungle Bronze and * Jungle Green green leaved or bronze leaved plants with very large 10 inch tall flower spikes.
* Rainbow (Multicolor) bronze tinted dark green leaves mottled with magenta, peach, cream and pink.
* Pink Elf deep green foliage and showy deep pink blooms on short flower stems.
Butterfly weed is considered to be a Wildflower. (aka) Pleurisy root and Chigger weed. This hardy North American native grows about 3 feet tall and bears dense, flattened clusters of bright orange blooms. Attracts and feeds butterflies. I often see humming birds feeding on butterfly weeds.
It likes full sun and tolerates acid soil, dry soils and poor fertility soil.
Orange is the the most common flower color, but the variety ‘Gay Butterflies’ may have red, orange or yellow blooms. Blooms are in dense, flattened clusters atop erect stems.
Deadheading encourages a second flowering about a month after the first. Even though butterfly weed self seeds readily, you may want to leave some of the flowers to mature, as the fruits are ornamental. Hint> Remove fruits before they split open to prevent self-reseeding.
Do not prune in fall. Wait and cut back plants in spring.
In colder zones(3 to 5) Mulch in winter to prevent frost heaving. Plants need excellent drainage to overwinter. Butterfly weed is slow to emerge in spring.
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