THE PLANT OF THE MONTH
The plant of the Month is available at the nursery from the first of each month on. These plants are carefully chosen to showcase current bloom and are featured from April through October.
July: Belamcanda (Blackberry Lily)
Zone 5-10 Height 2-4' Spread 9-24"
Blackberry Lily gives a great eye-catching, vertical element to the garden with its sword-like foliage and soft orange (spotted with red) flowers. Most effective planted in groups of 4 or 5, they combine well with asters and ornamental grasses. The plant spreads slowly, preferring moist, well-drained soil and full sun although it will tolerate part shade once it is established. In the fall, Blackberry lily’s seed pods will split open and the plant will self-sow.
August: Agastache (Hyssop)
Zone 4-10 Height 16-48" Spread 10-48"
Also known as Hummingbird Mint, this plant thrives in tough, dry conditions. The aromatic flowers are appealing to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds … but not to deer or rabbits. These plants form large clumps with colorful spikes of flowers blooming through late summer and well into fall. They like full sun and good air circulation, don’t mind dry soil once they are established but appreciate a deep soaking during a dry period. Usually tall, Agastache shows best at the back of the flower bed.
September: Helianthus (Perennial Sunflower)
Zone 5-9 Height 1-5' Spread 1.5-2.5'
These late season flowers will bloom long into fall. The showy, daisy-like flowers are smaller than those of their annual cousins but they are very long-lasting. New cultivars are available with flowers in yellow, orange, red and even bronze. Sunflowers need full sun and well-drained soil and are excellent grown among grasses, Joe Pye Weed and Asters. Sunflowers make good cut flowers and attract bees and butterflies.
October: Solidago (Goldenrod)
Zone 3-9 Height 4-5' Spread 4-5'
Many people blame Goldenrod for seasonal hay fever but Ragweed, not Goldenrod is the real hay fever culprit...they bloom at the same time, hence the confusion! The explosion of late color that comes with Solidago is irresistible to butterflies and bees and can be the mainstay of a late-season, low-maintenance casual garden. The current interest in meadow gardens plays to Solidago’s strengths as it combines well
with Asters, Sedums, and ornamental grasses. Tolerant of light shade, Solidago is self-seeding and prefers moist conditions.