Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

Chrysanthemum ‘Rustic Glow’ April 20, 2019

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.

 

Sweet William / Dianthus barbatus July 19, 2017

This Dianthus is one of my new garden favorites.  A prolific bloomer with an extremely long bloom time (late April – June) make it a star in the spring border.  Since it grows only 12″ tall, it is a fantastic edger along the front of your beds.   Comes in many shades of pinks and whites, and is a pollinator magnet!  Prefers full sun, but grows well in any soil and is very drought-tolerant.

It is also a great cut flower which is long-lasting in a vase.

 

Late Bonaset / Eupatorium serotinum April 22, 2017

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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 in lat summer that the butterflies and pollinators adore.  Native plant.

 

Cercis candensis / Redbud Tree (Native) April 3, 2017

Native Redbud tree blooms in April

 

 

 

 

 

 

This native tree grows to be 8-12 feet tall and requires full to part sun.  Smothered in pink flowers in April.  Seen here on the south side of a giant oak tree.

 

Harlequin Glory Bower Tree / Clerodendron March 21, 2017

This tree is covered with white, fragrant blossoms in the late summer heat of July and August, and the butterflies adore her.  I often see 3-4 butterflies hovering at the same time over this tree.  After the flowers drop, a beautiful red calyx is left behind, often with a blue berry at the center — two seasons of marvelous interest!

Grows to be 8-10′ tall, 5′ wide, requires half to full sun to bloom.  Full sun.  Read more about it here in Fine Gardening Magazine.