Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

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.

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New York Ironweed / Vernonia noveboracensis April 22, 2017

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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.

 

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.

 

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

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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.

 

Bridal veil (Spiraea) March 21, 2017

bridalwreath This shrub is smothered with plumes of white flowers in the spring.  Grows about 4-5′ high.  Part to full sun.  Makes a fantastic cut flower.

 

Harlequin Glory Bower Tree / Clerodendron

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.

 

 

Obedient Plant / Physotegia March 25, 2016

Obedient plant / Physotegia blooms in late summer

Obedient plant / Physotegia blooms in late summer

One of the most colorful bloomers in the late summer garden, bees flock to the spikes of pale purple flowers for one more shot pollen before autumn comes.  Spreads at a medium rate into a large mass of color, for a smashing display in your flower bed.
Full to part sun, 24″ tall.