GROWING GREEN: Perennial favourites
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Jun 25, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

GROWING GREEN: Perennial favourites

Hamilton Mountain News

Of the many perennials residing in my garden, five stand out as definite keepers. These favourites have been returning reliably year after year and grow trouble-free with little interference or effort on my part. Plus, they look great all season, require no staking and, touch wood, appear to be bunny-proof.

1. Dictamus albus ‘Rosea’ (Gas Plant): From its showy spikes of star shaped pink flowers with burgundy veins followed by interesting seed heads, it’s a winner. Dictamus has glossy, dark green foliage and grows to to three feet high. It forms a neat clump which grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. Note: Some people may react to the oil in the foliage, so wear gloves when handling the plant, especially on sunny days.

2. Kirengeshoma palmata (Yellow.Waxbells): This plant has exotic-looking, maple-shaped leaves and grows 36 to 48 inches on sturdy stalks. The tubular yellow flowers brighten up a woodland setting in late summer. It grows well in semi shade and a rich, moist woodland soil.

3. Aruncus aethusifolius (Dwarf Goat’s Beard): This little gem is a great addition to the front of a border or rockery. It forms a low mound of ferny foliage with creamy white astilbe-like spikes in June. Aruncus prefers rich, moist soil in shade or semi shade.

4. Anthyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’ (Japanese Painted Fern): This loveliest of ferns grows in sturdy low clumps of arching fronds. Its olive-green foliage, highlighted with silver, sparkles in the semi-shade settings it prefers.

5. Hosta ‘Halcyon’: The thick blue green leaves of this hosta are slug resistant and over time form a dense mound in the garden. Mine are thriving in a bed they share with blueberry bushes, a dwarf fothergilla, hydrangeas, bleeding hearts and columbines.

So, if you have a bare spot here or there in the garden one of my favourites might be worth a try.

Growing Green is a regular feature prepared by the  Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society ( Helen MacPherson, vice-president, wrote this report.

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