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Looking for an easy garden design idea that will add some impact to your perennial garden? I love using Festuca Boulder Blue for a number of reasons. This sun loving ornamental grass is easy to grow, looks great throughout the year and thrives in sun, high heat & humidity in well drained soil. Hardy from Zones 4-9. I believe it is one of of the best drought proof sun loving perennial groundcovers out there.
Add Color & Texture
Have some unpleasant spots in your garden? The handsome mound shape and narrow blue foliage make be just the ticket as it adds season long color & texture.
Break Up Competing Colors
If you have two strong competing colors that are just rubbing you the wrong way try planting a group of this soothing blue Festuca between them. Festuca is the ideal perennial to help break up strong competing colors in the garden
Small Space Gardening
Festuca grows 12”x12” so it tucks ever so nicely along narrow pathways, beneath shrubs or edging a perennial border.
Plant in Groups
If you really want to add impact, plant in groupings of 5 or more.
Some of the most beautiful gardens do a great job in repeating similar plants in adjacent areas. This frequently leads to a more harmonious flow in the garden.
Care & Growing Tips
- Add sand to heavier soils.
- Allow plants to dry out between watering.
- In the spring, use a sheers to prune away any dead foliage from winter
- Fertilize in the spring with Osmocote or a balanced granular fertilizer
Where to Buy Festuca Boulder Blue – www.GreatGardenPlants.com
Sedums are long lived, require no maintenance, are easy to grow, have excellent drought tolerance and come in a wide variety of foliage and flower colors.
I love this picture sent in from my friend Bill from Saint Louis. This planting located near a post office consists of a variety of colorful low growing sedums. Brick always reflects heat back up towards plant which just seems to make these tough as nails drought proof groundcover even prettier!
Sedums are probably one of the BEST problem solving plants for tough spots where other plants fail to grow – even on hillsides and banks. The only thing they need is good drainage.
Here are the varieties I would combine to achieve a similar foliage effect:
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Remember the first perennial garden you personally designed? Mine was a rich riot of color with Daylilies and Rudbeckia. But it was boring – I had achieved a solder like lineup of plants with similar heights.
Add Highs to your Lows with Vertical Elements
So what now? I realized I needed some height along with different sizes and shape to gain balance and flow -so I added a few vertical plants namely Miscanthus and was really happy with the results.
Rhamnus Fine Line®
In the past few years, I discovered a wonderful vertical plant called Rhamnus Fine Line®
that combines the texture of an ornamental grass with Zone 3 hardiness. Rhamnus grows around 6 feet and the fact that it only gets around 24” wide – you have a perfect complement to any border in a sun to partly shaded site.
Unlike a Miscanthus, Fine Line® does not need to be pruned down to the ground every spring – it just flushes out with fresh new ferny like foliage which can be trimmed to any shape.
The soft ferny foliage is so lovely when planted in groups of 3 or more. It makes a terrific background plant and a medium sized Hedge Plant. Try it with Knock Out Roses, Buddleia Blue Chip, or other moderate size shrubs. It also makes a terrific container plant with season long interest Rhamnus is 98% sterile so it is noninvasive. Fall brings on a brilliant gold color.
This deer & drought proof deciduous shrub is a delightful medium sized vertical plant in almost any size garden.
Here is a sun perennial combination idea for your garden with 3 easy to grow garden plants
For season long interest I like using perennial plants that will give me 3 seasons of foliage color.
For long season flowering color, I added COREOPSIS STAR CLUSTER which grows up to 15″ – so plant in the back). Star Cluster picks up the deep red color in the center. Another alternative to Star Cluster would be a yellow flowering Coreopsis such as Creme Brule or Moonbeam.
All these perennials are easy to grow in full sun and well drained soil while providing season long interest in your perennial garden.
What would you combine Sedum Cherry Tart with?
Need a Back-yard Makeover Idea? KnockOut Roses are an ideal choice for a a busy young mother of 2 energetic young boys.
Natalie Meeks of Mommy’s Memorandum decided to use KnockOut Roses for her garden project. KnockOut Roses is one of the best-selling flowering shrubs on the market day. They are long blooming, disease free, ultra hardy and long lived.
Natalie talks about her project installation and shares some helpful tips on plants she purchased from www.GreatGardenPlants.com
Natalie states “Despite the record high temperatures, these plants continue to thrive. I think that these plants will be the perfect addition to our backyard for many summers to come.”
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