Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

New York Ironweed / Vernonia noveboracensis April 22, 2017

Filed under: Deer-resistant,Flowers purple,Native Plants,Sun-loving plants — annapolisplants @ 2:32 am

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New York Ironweed grows about 4-6′ tall, great for the back of the border.  Bright purple in late summer.  Sturdy, totally drought-resistant once established.  Hairy leaves repel deer.

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Late Bonaset / Eupatorium serotinum

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This plant grows for me in sun or shade, in any soil.  Grows to be 3′ tall, covered with white flowers that the butterflies adore.  Native plant.

 

Black Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides Viridescens) September 28, 2015

Filed under: Deer-resistant,Fall Interest,Flowers purple,Ground covers,Summer Interest — annapolisplants @ 3:35 pm

Black Flower Ornamental Grass

Fuzzy flower spikes that are a smoky purple-black color emerge in late summer and contrast nicely with the fine, deep green foliage. Pennisetum alopecuroides Fountain Grass makes a wonderful accent in the sunny landscape, or plant it in drifts for a massed effect.  The ornamental grasses will dance and sway in the breezes.  Completely drought-proof once established.

 

Tartarian Aster May 13, 2014

Filed under: Deer-resistant,Fall Interest,Flowers blue,Perennials — annapolisplants @ 2:00 am

 

Tartarian Aster

Tartarian Aster

 

This superstar plant tops out by summer’s end at 5-6′ tall, with prolific clusters of beautiful blue flowers for the back of the border.  Just as the summer garden winds down, this beauty gives you a jolt of autumn color.  Fantastic planted with other fall bloomers like fountain grasses and goldenrod.  Butterflies love her and she makes a great cut flower.  Half to full sun for best blooms.  Completely drought-proof once established.

 

 

 

 

Bee Balm / Monarda April 26, 2014

This native plant has showy lavender flowers for a long bloom season June through August.  Drought-proof plant attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.  Full to half sun.  Deer resistant. Bee balm / Monarda

 

Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ / Bee balm May 8, 2013

bee balm beebalm2Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ blooms prolifically over blue-green foliage in the summer, about 2′ high.
Full to part sun. Extremely drought-tolerant and a butterfly magnet.  Spreads rapidly to make large clumps to divide with friends!

 

Goldenrod / Solidago canadensis May 10, 2012

Smothered with yellow flowers in the fall, a great companion to New England aster.  Spreads rapidly into a big clump.  Full sun, completely drought resistant once established.  A deer-resistant plant NATIVE to North America.

Goldenrods bloom in autumn and provide vital sources of pollen and nectar for bees and other insects in the late summer and fall throughout North America. Honey bees collect large amounts of nectar from goldenrod prior to winter, and other bees use pollen from goldenrods to provision late-season nests.  Plant some in your garden today to give our pollinator friends the boost they need to get through the long winter.

“[Goldenrods] are still wrongly accused of causing hayfever. Therefore, it bears repeating that goldenrods, like aster, Joe-Pye, ironweeds, and all the Composites, are insect-pollinated, so their pollen is heavy and sticky in order to facilitate transfer by our six-legged friends. It is the wind-pollinated plants like grasses, ragweed and many trees (I am allergic to maples for example) that produce the great quantities of light, airborne pollen that get into our noses and throats and cause the immune reaction known as hayfever.”

—  William Cullina, The New England Wild Flower Society
Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers, p. 197