Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

Queen of the Prairie / Filipendula April 21, 2019

filipendula

This perennial has delicate pink blooms in early summer.  Dainty at first, they explode into a puff of pink, a powerful burst of color in the summer garden.  They love wet soil, full to part sun, 3 feet tall in bloom.  The leaves emerge a purple carpet in spring, and mature to a vivid green.   Fantastic cut flower.

 

Moudry grass / Pennisetum April 20, 2019

Grass Moudry

Fuzzy flower spikes that are a smoky purple-black color emerge in late summer and contrast nicely with the fine, deep green foliage. 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.

Fantastic for stabilizing a slope or for erosion control.  Grows in sun or shade, 12-18 inches tall.  Great cut flower for arrangements.

 

Sea Oats / Chasmanthium

sea oats

This is an extremely fast-spreading grass great for erosion-control or stabilizing a slope.  Beautiful green foliage all summer, gorgeous seed heads in the fall that last all winter.  1-2 feet tall.  Reseeds easily especially in moist soil.  Sun to part sun, Native, great cut flower in arrangements.

 

Chrysanthemum ‘Rustic Glow’

Chrsyanthemum 'Rustic Glow'

This is no tender, wimpy florist’s mum.  ‘Rustic Glow’ is vigorously perennial, spreading to form a beautiful mat of foliage.  In fall, it is smothered in peach daisy blooms, 2 feet high, and a pollinator MAGNET.  Full sun for most abundant flowering.  Fantastic cut flower.

 

White Aster / Symphyotrichum ericoides

This white aster grows and spreads vigorously into a dense mat of foliage, and is covered in fall with a multitude of tiny white flowers that the pollinators love.  Native, grows in sun or shade.

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Aster ‘Raydon’s Blue’

Aster-oblongifolius-Raydons-FavoriteFletcher,NC320My favorite fall aster blooms so prolifically in September that the entire plant is smothered in flowers.  3′ high in bloom.  Pollinators love her, and sometimes the blooms hang on into December!  When it is happy, it will form a large, dense mat of attractive silvery foliage in spring and summer.  Full to part sun, Native.

 

Naturalizing Daylily / Hemerocallis fulva April 8, 2018

This tough perennial thrives in part to full sun and any soil.  Totally drought-resistant once established.  Spreads in nicely to fill a hillside or tough spots in the garden.  2-3′ tall with bold orange blooms floating above grass-like foliage.  Fantastic cut flower in arrangements.