Flower garden (pt2)

My garden in Southwest Oklahoma. I must contend with hot, dry, windy conditions that is not conductive to growing many of the tender flowers and vegetables. With this in mind if it seems that the only flowers I post about are heat and drought tolerant, it is because they are the plants that survive and even bloom in my little corner of Oklahoma.

chives herb Chives are grows as Perennial Flowers, Herb or as a Vegetable. Chives are used for both their flavor as well as a garnish in many recipes. Chive flower colors may be red, violet, white or pink. It will bloom all through out the growing season.

Chive seed will germinate from about 45%F to 90%F. Plants will emerge in 7 to 14 days. Keep seed damp to speed germination.
Hint Seed can be saved up to 3 years.

Direct seed onto well prepared fertile seedbed (covering seed very lightly), or transplant established plants. Regular cutting helps keep plants vigorous and healthy. Keep flowers picked/cut to discourage dormancy in warm weather.
Chive Varieties for your consideration.

red eyed coreopsis Coreopsis (aka Tickseed, Calliopsis, Plains Coreopsis, Annual Coreopsis, Pot of Gold Coreopsis).

Coreopsis likes full sun and tolerates dry soils with low fertility. Coreopsis blooms from mid-summer into mid-fall. Flower colors can be red, orange or yellow.

Sow seeds outdoors in early spring, ‘Do Not’ cover the seeds, light aids in germination. Take cuttings from the plant in the spring, or from stem tips during the summer. Coreopsis may persist in your garden, it prolifically self seeds.
Seed Germinates at 55%F to 70%F. Seedlings emerge in 21 to 30 days.

Coreopsis will bloom well when they are crowded. Deadhead or cut back by 1/3 of the plant to keep it in flower. Sow additional seeds every few weeks for succession of bloom.

cone flower Purple Coneflower (aka Hedge coneflower, Purple echinacea)
Is easy to grow North American native bears striking, rich purple daisy like flowers in summer that attract butterflies. Plants are heat and drought tolerant and grows well in poor soils.

Seed germinate at 70 F. Hint seeds collected from plants will not breed true and will require two or more years of growth before flowering.

Deadhead plants to prolong flowering and to prevent self seeding. If desired, leave fall blooms on the plant to form seedheads for winter interest. This will attract birds, but also results in prodigeous self-seeding.
To encouraged delayed blooming for fall enjoyment, cut plants back by half in early summer or cut back by 1 foot when coming into bloom.
For maximum bloom period, cut back some plants in the garden as described, and leave others to flower at their normal earlier blooming time.

Cone Flower varities you may like.
* Bright Star’ (‘Leuchtstern’) grows 2.5 feet tall and bears rose-purple blooms.
* Magnus’ bears rosy-violet blooms that are more than 7 inches wide.
* Robert Bloom’ grows 3 feet tall and bears reddish-purple blooms that are 5 to 8 inches in diameter.
* Springbrook’s Crimson Star’ grows 2 feet tall and bears with deep red blooms.
* The King’ grows 4 to 5 feet tall and bears flowers with prominent central disks and arching purple-pink petals.

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2 responses to “Flower garden (pt2)

  1. I hope my chives flower this year. The birds have munched them down to the ground over the winter, which shows good taste, but I love the flowers as much as the blades and didn’t get any last year!


  2. Great selection of plants! I also live in a dry area..


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