Tag Archive | perennial

Spring Blooming Flowers 4-28-2017

Happy Arbor Day!!! Hug a tree =-)

I hope everyone has a nice Friday and enjoys their weekend.

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Tulips ~ French Blend

Podophyllum peltatum ~ May Apple

Dicentra spectabilis ~ Bleeding Hearts

   

Chaenomeles japonica ‘Texas Scarlet’ & ‘Double Take Orange’

Viola canadensis ~ White violet  || Tooooolips!

Ribes uva-crispa ~ Gooseberry

Fuzzy tulips

Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Spring Blooming Flowers 4-17-2017

Looks like things are starting to pop here in the Midwest! I’m guessing I’ll be able to post at least once a week in the Phenology section. Last year, I attached quotes related about TIME with these posts. I’m not sure what I’ll do yet, However I’ll entertain any ideas =-)

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Creeping Charlie ~ Glechoma hederacea

Star Magnolia ~ Magnolia stellata

Karen’s Azalea ~ Rhododendron ‘Karen’

Dense Yew ~ Taxus densiforma

Daffy Dills!

Cornelian Cherry ~ Cornus mas

Eastern Comma ~ Polygonia comma on Pachysandra terminalis ‘Green Carpet’

Green Velvet Boxwood ~ Buxus ‘Green Velvet’

More Daffy’s

Badly focused Hyacinth

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Autumn Blooming Flowers 10-21-2016

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Nelson Mandela

Here’s a few flowers that decided to hang onto summer and continue to bloom. Screw you cold weather!!

Do right by me and see what I found blooming in 201320142015

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Beautiful fall planter   ||  Perovskia atriplicifolia ~ Russian Sage

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Beautiful yellow carpet roses

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Lovely Fall Scene

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Dianthus

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Unknown red blooming grass… Beautiful!!!

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Hydrangea macrocarpa

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Knautia

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Myrica pennsylvanica ~ Bayberry (The berries are so cool!!)    ||  Unknown grass

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Chelone ~ Turtlehead

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A nicely done swale

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Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bunk’ ~ Quickfire Hydrangea


© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Autumn Blooming Flowers 9-22-2016

One cannot manage too many affairs: like pumpkins in the water, one pops up while you try to hold down the other. Chinese Proverb

Not sure why you’d be holding down pumpkins, however see what I found blooming in 201320142015

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A mysterious seedhead    ||   Ageratina altissima ~ White Snakeroot

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Symphyotrichum lateriflorum ~ Calico Aster    ||  Potentilla fruticosa ~ shrubby cinquefoil

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This mushroom looked like a hamburger bun   ||    Beautiful mix of colors

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Grasses bloom too!    ||   Gaura lindheimeri ~ Wand flower

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Beautiful grasses

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Vicia ~ Vetch    ||    Thistle

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Ilex VS. Volutella Blight on Pachysandra

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This pachy is showing some stress under the newly planted trees and in full sun.

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This side was worst because it’s sunnier, which equals more stress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pachysandrea terminalis is a beautiful, lush, evergreen ground cover for a semi-shady spot. One of the most common problems with pachysandra is a fungal infection called, Volutella Blight. Generally, pachysandra has very few issues when well cared for. However, when other situations stress the plant out, opportunistic pests can take over.

Volutella Blight has a fungal ring associated with the damaged lesions. Winter damage has an even-toned brown to the damage.

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Blight on the left / Winter damage on the right

How to not stress out your pachysandra:

    • Plant it in a partial shade or shade area. Not in the sun.
    • Do not overwater, water in the morning and use drip irrigation, not overhead.
    • Be sure to do a fall cleanup to remove any fallen leaves or plant debris from the bed to improve air circulation and reduce moisture levels. Blow lightly with blower.
    • It is also helpful to periodically thin the planting to prevent dense growth and increase air circulation.
      Use leaf mulch, not woody chips.

Fungicides such as mancozeb and maneb can be used to protect remaining plants and the new growth of any pachysandra that have been cut back. These treatments can help deter infection but will not cure infected plants. You would need to spray at 7 to 14 day intervals from spring until early summer. Generally this time would coincide with the blooming of serviceberries (Amelancheir) and Redbuds (Cercis canadensis), i.e. now in the Midwest.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Perennial Bloom Times By Color

When I’m doing any garden designing, I first listen to my clients needs: colors they like/dislike, types of flowers they like, privacy requirements, the list goes on. I then whip out my ‘helper’ sheets to make the process go quicker. These are my perennial helper sheets. They are divided by color, height and bloom time. This is not a complete list of perennials for the area, however, it is a great start! If you need to see what any of these look like, please search my site! I’m fairly sure I’ve got most of these pictured.

I hope it helps you as much as it helps me!! Happy planting =-)
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Perennials for Midwestern Clay Soils

Most of the Midwestern area is comprised of clay soils. Never fear! This is a much better situation to have than sandy soils. Clay soils maintain more minerals and moisture than other soils.

Sometimes clay soils can be bad, such as in conditions where there are more problems than just the soil. If while digging in the soil, it looks blueish-black and smells kinda off, this is because of poor drainage and the smell is from rotting organisms. The area should be assessed for drainage problems before anything else is done.

If the clay is a redish-orange, this is perfect as the soil is holding all the minerals plants crave.

The soil should be mixed with a fair amount of compost to help perennials get a good start. If the soil is very compacted, some sand can be mixed it also. Be sure to surround the perennial bed with leaf compost to aid in nutrients getting to the roots and all the other benefits mulch does for plants.

  • For Trees and Shrubs for clay soils ~ CLICK HERE
Botanical Name Common Name Bloom Color Light
Achillea tomentosa woolly yarrow Jun-Jul yellow sun
Achillea filipendulina fernleaf yarrow Jun-Jul yellow sun
Arisaema spp. Jack-in-the-pulpit May-July green/purple shade
Aruncus dioicus goatsbeard Jun-Jul white ps/sh
Asclepias tuberosum butterflyweed Jun-Aug orange et al sun
Astilbe arendsii & var. false spirea, astilbe Jun-Aug white-pink-red ps/sh
Bergenia cordifolia heartleaf bergenia Apr-May pink ps/sh
Brunnera macrophylla Siberian bugloss Apr-May blue ps/sh
Echinacea purpurea purple coneflower Jul-Oct pink sun
Helenium autumnale
‘Moerheim beauty’
Sneezewort Jul-Sept bronze red sun/ps
Heliopsis scabra Heliopsis Jul-Aug yellow sun
Hemerocallis spp. daylily summer many sun/ps
Heuchera hyb. coral bells Jun-Aug white-pink-red sun/ps
Hibiscus spp. rose mallow Jul-Sept white-pink-red sun/ps
Hosta spp. plantain lily Jul-Aug lavender ps-sh
Houttuynia cordata ‘Chameleon’ houttuynia June white sun/ps
Iris sibirica, pseudo-
acorus, versicolor, etc.
Siberian and blue and yellowflag iris variable blue, violet, yellow et al. sun/ps
Liatris spicata gayfeather, blazing star Jul-Aug pinkish sun/ps
Liriope muscari lily turf Aug-Oct lavender-mauve-white ps/sun
Lysimachia spp. Yellow loosestrife, gooseneck loosestrife Jul-Sept yellow-white sun/ps
Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian sage Summer Lavender sun
Primula spp. primroses Mar-Jun many ps/sh
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ Goldsturm rudbeckia July-Sept yellow sun/ps
Salvia spp. salvia, sage Jul-Oct blue-violet sun/ps
Sedum spectabile var. stonecrop, sedum Aug-Oct pink-red sun
Tradescantia virginiana spiderwort Jun-Sept blue-violet-white sun/ps
Yucca filamentosa Adams’s needle summer white sun