Flowers For The Garden (pt4)

lavender Lavender (aka English lavender) Is a fragrant addition to the perennial border, herb garden, or rock garden, this shrubby perennial can be also be pruned into an informal hedge or used as edging. It has showy purple or sometimes pinkish flowers and the gray green foliage remains attractive well into winter.

It likes Full sun with a well drained soil. Lavender will tolerate dry soil and is best in an alkaline soil with a pH of 6.4 to 8.2. Once established, the plants are drought tolerant. Blooms from early summer to early fall, Flowers may be violet or pink.

Lavender should be propagated by cuttings or layering and not by seed which will most likely not come back true to it’s mother plant. May self seed if not deadheaded. Seeds germinate slowly. Barely cover seeds with soil. It may take as long as 3 months for seed to germinate.

Deadheading lavender after first bloom may encourage plants to rebloom. This is also a good time to shape plants. Avoid pruning after late summer until new growth begins in the following spring. Cut back heavily (to about 6 inches) every 2 or 3 years to keep plants from getting straggly.

You may also want to consider Cotton lavender or Mist lavender(best in cooler climates).

Lemon Balm (aka Common balm, Bee Balm, Sweet Balm, Bee’s Leaf, Honey Plant).

Lemon balm is a vigorous and attractive lemon scented perennial herb that tolerates poor, dry soils. Spreads aggressively by rhizomes and by self seeding. It makes an attractive filler and background, especially variegated varieties.

Lemon balm likes full sun, will tolerate light shade. It can tolerate dry soil but does require a well drained soil. Does well in poor soils. It likes a soil pH of 4.5 to 7.6.

Lemon balm blooms from early summer to early fall. Blooms are creamy white to pale yellow. Seeds self sow and germination may be slow. Cut plants back after flowering will produce a fresh flush of attractive growth.
Hint Remove flowers to prevent aggressive self seeding.
Plants are more compact and have darker green foliage when grown in partial shade. Lemon balm will not tolerate high humidity and need good drainage, especially during the winter.

Nasturtium Nasturtium (aka Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress).
Nasturtium’s orange, yellow or red flowers provide powerful garden color, while the round leaves (variegated in some varieties) provide foliar interest. Flowers also add zest and flavor to salads. Prefers warm, dry conditions.

They like full sun, well drained soil. Will tolorate day and pood soils. Nasturtium blooms from early summer to mid fall. Blooms may be red, yellow or orange.

Plant seeds directly into your garden where desired after all frost danger has passed, or start them indoors 4 weeks before the last frost date. Hint Indoor sowing is not recommended. Nasturtiums do not transplant well. The seeds need darkness to germinate.
Plant after soil temperature has reached 55%F to 65%F. Seed will emerge in about 7 to 10 days.

You may want to consider.
* Whirybird Series 1’ tall bushy plants with semi double flowers in shades of pink, yellow, red and orange. Flowers do not have the typical Nasturtium spur which forces them to rest at angles on their stem. Flowers sit flat on stem tops and are ruffled and showy.
* Alaska Series 1’ tall plants with green leaves mottled with white/cream.
* Tom Thumb Mixed dwarf variety (8 to 10” tall) with bright yellow, red and orange flowers on compact, mounded plants.
* Jewel Mixed glowing shades of red, pink, yellow and orange flowers over compact, mounded green leaves.
* Tip Top Alaska Series: an improved version of Alaska Series. Green leaves are mottled and spotted with creamy white, flowers are bright shades of yellow, red and orange.
* Empress of India burgundy green leaves and crimson flowers on 1′ tall plants.

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2 responses to “Flowers For The Garden (pt4)

  1. Love ’em all and yearning for gardening weather! Thanks for taking me to warmer days if only for a moment!

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