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Blue Star Creeper – Try this easy groundcover for a no mow lawn

  • Lawn alternative!

    Isotoma or Blue Star  - you can walk on it without leaving a flattened trail!

    Isotoma or Blue Star – you can walk on it without leaving a flattened trail!

  • Rugged as grass!
  • Takes foot traffic!
  • Let it roam where you want it!

If you are looking for a low maintenance replacement for lawn or pathway, then Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma) is for you!!

Low growing mats that fill in fast. You can walk on it without leaving a flattened trail!  This alone makes it a reliable alternative to turf grass.

Top Seller!  Baby star like sky blue flowers nestle on top of a walk able bed of small green foliage.  Blooms last all season long!! This is a true perennial, hardy to Zone 5.   Great for transitional areas as it grows in sun and part shade.  Evergreen in the south.

Isotoma creates a sea of dainty sky blue flowers that last all season long

Isotoma creates a sea of dainty sky blue flowers that last all season long. Chris in the greenhouse with our Jumbo 1 qt pots

This ground cover can take some dampness and is not as drought tolerant as other ground covers.  Needs more shade in hot areas .

Use Isotoma as a lawn substitute, around pools, pavers, edging and pots. If you plant it near grass, it wills start to blend in.

You’ll love Blue Star Creeper as a quick fill,  low maintenance, easy to grow groundcover.  Available as a Jumbo 1 qt pot from GreatGardenPlants.com

 

Container Gardening – Quick & Easy Idea

Container Gardening with shade loving Hosta

Container Gardening with shade loving Hosta

I like to do a number of containers with Hosta since they are a hardy shade perennial with beautiful foliage & easy to care for. I was looking for something to dress up my shaded front entryway. I had a black pot and wanted something with yellow foliage.

Here’s this simple container recipe:

-1 black container
-3 Hosta Lemon Lime (1 qt pots)
-Few stones for contrast

In the winter, I put the whole pot in my storage shed and try to water it in February or so because the roots will get rather dry and then change the soil early in the season before the shoots are up.  One year, I forgot about this pot completely and the shoots had turned white and were 3″ tall.  I simply cut these shoots back when I finally placed it outside for the season and they rebounded nicely with their normal color.

This container garden took me about 10 minutes to plant and has given me so far over 3 years of season long enjoyment.  If you wanted to mix and match this up a bit – you can use a bright colored Heuchera such as Berry Smoothie.

Hosta Lemon Lime is available at GreatGardenPlants.com

 

A Hoot for Heuchera – 2 Stunning New Coral Bells for the Shade Garden

Two new Heucheras (Coral Bells) really caught my eye last summer – Cinnamon Curls & Blackberry Ice.

Heuchera (Coral Bells)

(L) Blackberry Ice (R) Cinnamon Curls Heuchera

Heucheras are one of my favorite low growing shade plants.  They are great on their own and I love using them to punch up color in my shade perennial garden. Boy, do they do a great job!

There are lots of Coral Bells on the market to select from, so anything new has to be unique, improved and a good garden performer, especially in the heat & humidity of summer. Both have been rigorously testing & trialed in the Proven Winners program.

Heuchera Dolce Cinnamon Curls.  This coral bell has unique copper cinnamon coloring in the foliage. Leaves are very nicely ruffled and the glossy sheen comes out when you give it a couple of hours of sun a day. I love pairing this with a nice blue Hosta.

Heuchera Dolce Blackberry Ice.  How sweet this one is. Eye popping & richly saturated purple & silver foliage will pump up any dull shade corner.

Combination possibilities are so numerous it makes my head spin, but I love how it accents a number of grey foliage plants such as Brunnera Jack Frost and Pulmonaria.

What a terrific shade plant to pump up a dull, dreary part of your perennial shade garden.

You can buy these 2 new Heucheras online at www.GreatGardenPlants.com

Related articles:  Shade Garden Design using Heuchera Cinnamon Curls

Shade Garden Design Using Heuchera Cinnamon Curls

Hosta (Top) Heuchera (Center) Carex (Bottom)

Hosta (Top)
Heuchera (Center)
Carex (Bottom)

Odd numbers, especially the number three is the simplest way to get started when it comes to garden design and it always seems  to work  whether you are designing a garden or redoing your home decor.

Heuchera Cinnamon Curls is such a beautiful shade perennial to work with since it provides almost year round color  I love using this coral bells because it has the most beautiful copper-cinnamon foliage that is both glossy and RUFFLED!  It’s so gorgeous in container plantings because it really holds up well.

In the garden it really makes a statement with Hosta Yankee Blue in the background and edging it up with Carex Evergold.  I’m looking forward to trying a new Carex this year called Everillo – which has beautiful gold foliage all season long. This stunning combination really works because its a combination of foliage in different colors and shapes!

 

 

 

Coral Bells – Growing Tips for Trendy Garden Plants

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Berry Smoothie Coral Bells growing in full sun in Michigan

I’m going to share with you a garden TIP on growing Heucheras  (Coral Bells) that has help me improve my success  growing this popular garden plant.

Ever since all those new foliage colors in Coral Bells have come out – I’ve been sucked into this coral bell craze.  The wide color range, neat habit and tiny spikes of flowers are perfect for tucking in borders, along pathways and containers.

But here are a few guidelines I’ve used in the past few years that have worked for me when deciding on what trendy foliage color to use and where I’m going to place it.

Plant in good, well drained soil where it will receive a minimum of 1″ water a week.

1)      Dark foliage types – are more sun tolerant.  Berry Smoothie Coral Bells is ravishing in this garden bed – soaking in the rays and looking brilliant.

Plant in:  full sun or morning shade and afternoon sun.

My experience with Obsidian and Midnight Rose is that the more sun it receives the more brilliant the color becomes

2)      Light foliage types – need protection from hot afternoon sun.  Even with that said, by August the foliage color

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(Berry Smoothie Coral Bells). DESIGN TIP: Adding a bright, cheery pop of foliage color adds season long interest to your perennial garden

will still fade.

Plant:  Morning sun, afternoon shade

You will have different results depending on what region of the country you are from, but for me in my Michigan garden, these simply guidelines really help me enjoy Heucheras even more.

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