Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Drought tolerant, colorful perennials

The warm days of January and February had me very excited to get started on the season early. Luckily Ma Nature had another thing in mind! We all have been recently blessed with some pretty good snowfall - thank goodness! Unfortunately, it only puts a really small dent in the moisture that is needed to overcome the drought situation that we are currently in. Keeping this in mind, we need to think about our upcoming spring plantings and landscape projects. Include some easy and colorful perennial selections to brighten up this season's projects and last for years to come.

Blue Fortune Agastache

My favorite varieties of drought tolerant perennials are:

Aquilegia ‘Winky Blue and White is a great early season bloomer and a delight to all who see it! A small mound that gets 12-24” x 12-18”.

Agastache 'Blue Fortune'
This blue beauty stands 24-36" tall with long lasting blossoms July to September.

Firewitch Dianthus 
Dianthus-Pinks 'Firewitch'
I love the fragrant neon pink flower. Standing only 6-10" tall, this plant makes a great addition to any garden project. 

Coral Canyon Diascia
Diascia 'Coral Canyon'
This was introduced by Plant Select (a CSU and Denver Botanic Gardens coop), and is a fantastic long season bloomer with bright coral flowers. It looks as if it belongs in a wildflower garden, standing only 15-24" tall and wide, it can go about any where in the perennial border.

Echinacea Pow– Wow Wildberry
What a great height! This perennial favorite packs a powerful punch standing at 1.5-2.5’ tall perfect mixes perfectly with grasses.
Geranium ‘Rozanne’-a fantastic blue-violet a beautiful addition your long blooming mounding perennials getting 18-24” tall and wide.
Little Grapette Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Little Grapette'
It has a fantastic purplish color to the blossom and grows quickly to 15-18" tall and wide. Great for Borders!
Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’
Fantastic color delectable in any shadegarden! 18”x18” with something chartreuse to really make a show!

Iris ‘Caesars Brother’- This old beauty stands tall  36-48” tall and 24” wide grabs everyone's attention at the beginning of summer with the bright blue flowers!
Nepeta ‘Walkers Low’ Long blooming from April to September, this relentless blooming perennial that stands 12-24” tall and wide.

Rudbeckia ‘Early Bird Gold’ another great 18-24” tall and wide  destined to add a long blast of color to your garden.
Groundcovers are small powerful punches of texture and interest.  Delosperma cooperi is a bright blooming pink drought tolerant groundcover.  Phlox subulata is a great stand-by and adds early season color to the garden!  Sedums are great and perform well in almost any garden.  l i
Michelle Cadena, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery


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