Wild and crazy perennial blooms

temp-post-imageLeft: Geranium 'Rozanne', Center: Achillea 'Strawberry Seduction'; Right: Coreopsis 'Zagreb'

Geranium (Cranesbills)

Commonly known as cranesbills, perennial geraniums are among the most popular of garden plants. Most are rather undemanding. They are valued for their beautiful blooms, attractive foliage (and fall foliage color), long bloom time and exceptional vigor. Some are upright, some are trailing, while others have a groundcover habit. Perennial geraniums can be used in almost any garden situation. They generally grow well in full sun to light shade with soil that stays evenly moist but not soggy. Excellent drainage is essential for most geraniums, especially those with fuzzy or gray leaves. You can leave geraniums in the same spot for many years, but moving or dividing them can be done in the early spring or early fall. Geranium ‘Rozanne’ Cranesbill is very popular with its large, saucer-shaped, violet-blue blooms. It blooms prolifically from early summer until fall free-flowing foliage. The fall color is an attractive reddish brown and will make an excellent groundcover in full sun to part shade. Grows 12”-18” high by 18”-24” wide attracts butterflies and pollinators and is deer and rabbit resistant.

Achillea (Yarrow)

Yarrow are old-fashioned long blooming garden staples that are extremely easy to grow. The silvery, ferny foliage is aromatic and the long-blooming flat flower heads are good for cutting and for drying. Their flowers come in a wide array of colors and are an important nectar source for many butterflies and pollinators. They are drought and salt tolerant and seem to thrive on neglect, making them suitable for difficult situations such as mailbox gardens. Cutting them back after the first flowering helps promote rebloom. They are great pollinator plants, are rabbit resistant and make a good cutting flower! One of our favorite yarrows is Achillea millefolium ‘Strawberry Seduction’. Their long-blooming, large flower heads have tiny, velvety red florets with bright gold centers. It grows 18”-24” high by 18”-24” wide in full sun.

Coreopsis (Tickseed)

Coreopsis are useful, long flowering U.S. natives with yellow, daisy-like flowers. Grown in full sun in light dry soils, they will bloom almost all summer. Remove the faded flowers to encourage a rebloom. They are another good pollinator plant that is deer resistant and good for cutting. We like Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’ for it's bold, golden yellow flower and fern-like foliage. A compact, upright plant that spreads slowly. Deadheading will help extend the bloom season. They grow 12”-18” high by 12”-18” wide in full sun to part shade.

temp-post-imageLeft: Heuchera (Coral Bells); Center: Leucanthemum (Daisy); Right: Corydalis lutea

Heuchera (Coral Bells)

These North American natives are known for their handsome foliage and dainty bell-shaped flowers are held in sprays on long stems above the foliage. They could be used as a filler flower in bouquets. Hummingbirds and butterflies find the flowers irresistible. Typically, heucheras will grow in part shade, or in shady sites. Well-drained soil is essential to success with heucheras. They resent wet feet. If your soil is too soggy or has too much clay, consider growing heucheras in raised beds or use them to add some nice texture to you shady containers. To avoid stem rot, keep the woody stem base at ground level. A wintertime mulch will help with alternating freezing and thawing cycles that may push the plants out of the ground. Do not cut them back in the fall. There has been an explosion of new leaf forms and colors so pick your favorite and enjoy!

Leucanthemum (Shasta Daisy)

Leucanthemums are among the most beloved mid-summer perennials. These classic yellow-centered, white-petaled daisies are a cheerful sight in any sunny garden bed or border. They grow best in any rich, moist, but well-drained soil, in full sun. Dividing the clumps every 2-3 years helps to keep them vigorous. Give them plenty of space, because they don’t like to be crowded by other plants. Blooming can be extended by continual deadheading. For best success, provide good winter drainage and wait until spring to cut back. Leucanthemum superbum ‘Becky’ Shasta Daisy is an outstanding cultivar that has been proven to be a lovely and dependable addition to the perennial border. It is a very long bloomer with sturdy upright stems. Grows in full sun to part shade 3'-4’ high by 2’-3’ wide. It also attracts butterflies and is good for cutting.

Corydalis (Fumitory)

This long-blooming shade plant has either white or yellow flowers to add pops of color to your shade garden. Corydalis lutea or Yellow Fumitory has blue-green, lacy foliage with clusters of tubular, yellow flowers that bloom heavily in the spring and then sporadically all season long. It happily self-seeds throughout the garden. A wonderful plant for the lightly shaded border, under shrubs or even on rock walls. Corydalis ochroleuca or White Fumitory is native to rocky woods and has naturalized on old walls in Europe. The lacy bluish-green foliage and creamy white flowers add a delicate charm to the shade garden. It will bloom for a long time in the summer and will reseed. Once established both are drought tolerant, rabbit resistant and will grow 12”-18” high by 18”-24” wide.

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2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

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25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

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