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Native Plant Sale

Yellow False Indigo, Shooting Star, Tennessee Coneflower, Dwarf Crested Iris, Copper Iris, Blue Vervain and Culver's Root

I went to the Spring Native Plant Sale at the Virginia Living Museum this morning.  It coincided with their Earth Day Activities so it was pretty busy.  I’ve never seen so many people shopping for plants in all the years I’ve been attending.  There was a line to checkout and everyone had their hands full of goodies.  Initially I just intended to just browse and see what they had but of course I couldn’t leave empty handed.  🙂  My favorite  has to be the Copper Iris or Iris fulva.  It needs a wet site, but I’m willing to make a small water garden to have this beauty in my garden.  Here’s a picture of it blooming below that I found at the US Forest Service:

Favorite Combo: Salvia and Helenium


Salvia 'Mystic Spires' and Helenium autumnale

My new favorite perennial combo in the garden is Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’ and Helenium autumnale.  The little yellow round disks combined with the purple spikes is interesting as well as complimentary.  Here’s some info on both of these great perennials:

Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’:

  • fragrant foliage
  • blooms summer-fall
  • heat & drought tolerant
  • Attracts butterflies, bees & hummingbirds
  • deer resistant
  • Full to Partial Sun
  • Hardy in zones 7a-11

Helenium autumnale:

  • native to North America
  • blooms late summer-fall
  • prefers full sun
  • attracts bees & butterflies
  • hardy 3a-8b
  • propogate by division or seed
  • Blooms are red, orange, yellow & maroon

Hope everyone has a nice weekend in or out of the garden!  🙂

Bloomin’ Tuesday – Blooms and Berries

(From upper L-R across & down: Beautyberry, Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Viburnum 'Winterthur', 'Black-seeded Simpson' lettuce seedlings, Variegated Lirope, Violas and Hydrangea 'Pinky Winky')

September has brought some cooler morning & evening temperatures.  Along with that comes some of my favorite fall blooms & berries.   Violas, Sedums and Lirope bring color and add interest to the garden.  The purple berries on Beautyberry or Callicarpa americana make a striking combo against the lime green foliage of this native ornamental shrub.  Viburnum ‘Winterthur’ is another native shrub that produces berries that start out a off white color and fade to pink and eventually to a deep blue tone.  This has been a bountiful season for these two shrubs, both are loaded with berries for the birds.  My Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pinky Winky’ is in it’s 3rd season and full of blooms that are maturing to a dusty rose color.  And it wouldn’t be fall without some fall veggies like this great loose-leaf lettuce ‘Black-seeded Simpson’ which I planted with some of those pretty purple Violas.  To see more Bloomin’ Tuesday posts or to join in this week, please visit our gracious host Jean by clicking on the link below:

Fall Bloomers

(From top to bottom L-R: Helenium autumnale aka Helen's Flower, Zephyranthes candida aka Rain/Fairy Lily and Bellacamda aka Blackberry Lily)

Just when you think the season is winding down a few new blooms show up in the garden.  Above are some of my Fall blooming plants.  Two that are new to me this year are the Bellacamda or Blackberry Lily and Helenium autumnale or Helen’s Flower.  I’ve had the yellow blooming variety ‘Hello Yellow’ for years but I added the common orange with black spots earlier this summer.  Helen’s Flower is one of two Heleniums that I added this past May, the other one already bloomed a month or so ago.  These were purchased at the Native Plant Sale at the Virginia Living Museum.  My Rain Lilies are always a dependable bloomer, this year I added pink and yellow blooming varieties.  But this white one has been in my garden for a few years now.  It just gets better every year.  What are some of your favorite fall bloomers?

Wildflower Wednesday ( a day late)

(from upper L-R across & down: Unknown Solidago (background), Pink Chelone, Vernonia or Ironweed and Beautyberry)

  I meant to post this yesterday and got caught up with other stuff,  so it’s a day late.   Well it’s the last full week of August and the garden is starting to push out some early fall bloomers.  This is a great year for my Beautyberry with it’s gorgeous purple berries.   Mine are just starting to change color from green to a pale pinkish purple color.   Another favorite fall bloomer of mine is the Chelone or Turtlehead which is a great shade plant.  Ironweed has been blooming since last week in the garden and it really looks great with my Lantana ‘Miss Huff’.  It’s new to my garden this season and so far I’m very impressed with this native.  Solidagos have been blooming for a couple of weeks now and they are truly a sign of summer coming to a close.   I’m ready for this summer to end, it’s been long, hot & dry in the garden.  Fall will bring some cooler temps and hopefully some rain.    To see more Wildflower Wednesday posts or to join in please visit our gracious host Gail @ Clay and Limestone.  Sorry that I’m late with my post Gail.

Bloomin Tuesday

Sedum 'Rosy Glow'

August blooms are tough plants, because it’s very hot and dry at this time of the year.  This weeks blooms are no exception to this like this Sedum which tolerates drought, heat and anything else you can throw at it.  It seems to thrive under these conditions.  ‘Rosy Glow’ is a beauty that stays pretty short and has pretty bluish gray foliage with bright reddish pink blooms  that will continue looking good right through until Fall.

Hydrangea paniculata 'White Swan'

Hydrangeas are normally considered tough plants during the summer, but the paniculatas are much tougher than the mophead & lacecaps.  ‘White Swan’ is working on it’s second season in my garden.  This past Fall I moved it to a shadier location since it was getting too much sun in the first spot I planted it.   It’s blooming so it must be happy.

Solidago 'Baby Gold'

The Solidagos otherwise known as Goldenrod are starting to bloom.  ‘Baby Gold’ is a dwarf variety that works well at the front of the border mixed with some Asters.  It’s a tough plant that stands up to the heat & drought too. 

Vernonia (Ironweed)

And you can never go wrong with native plants like this Vernonia or Ironweed as it is commonly called.  I planted this last fall and this is the first time it has bloomed.  It is combined with Lantana ‘Miss Huff’ in one of the driest parts of my garden and seems to be doing well.  To see other Bloomin Tuesday posts or to join in please visit our host Jean by clicking on the link below:

Wildflower Wednesday

 It’s the fourth Wednesday of the month so it’s time for Wildflower Wednesday which is hosted by Gail of Clay and Limestone.  Feel free to stop on by her blog and see who else is posting pics of their Native plants or join in on the fun this month.  Below is two wildflowers that are blooming in my garden today:

Rudbeckia laciniata or Green Coneflower

Rudbeckia laciniata or Green Coneflower is a member of the Aster family.  The common name is because of the green disk.  It’s also called Cutleaf Coneflower.  I got mine from my dear blogging buddy Janet @  The Queen of Seaford.  Initially it was in a shadier spot but I moved it this past fall in front of some Verbena bonariensis and they make great companions.  They both attract butterflies like crazy. 

Scutellaria integrifolia or Skullcap Hyssop

 I had to get a closeup of this pretty little native.  Skullcap Hyssop blooms on and off all summer here.  It also is a prolific reseeder but the seedlings are easy to remove.  Plus it makes a great filler plant so I don’t mind so much.  It’s not too tall so it works in the front or middle of a border.  It also is attractive to butterflies.