Cool Plants

28 Aug Cool Plants

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Last week we finally got our shipment of really gorgeous Gentian ‘True Blue’. A picture can’t do this flower justice- it really is gentian blue. This prefers a compost-enriched soil in dappled shade. It blooms in August and September and makes a VERY long lasting cut flower.

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I was walking people around on Saturday showing off our newest garden and saw that the purple perennial bachelor’s buttons (Centaurea montana ‘Amethyst Dream’) was in full bloom again. Not only that, it had seeded into a few new spots in this young garden. I was thrilled. We cut this back hard in July and gave it our mid-summer feeding. It is shown above in combination with blue anise hyssop and pink ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum.

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In Chicago, all of the prairie-style gardens were filled with Mexican hat- Ratibida. While theirs were tall and surrounded by meadow grasses and other native perennials, I came back to Natureworks delighted to find that our dwarf red variety (‘Red Midget’) was still going strong. This is just such an unusual perennial, hardy, and butterflies love it.

Last week we finally procured a really late daylily that I have been wanting for years- ‘Steeple Jackie’. This grows 5-6′ tall, has clear yellow linear, almost tubular blossoms, and is just starting to bloom for Labor Day weekend. I first learned of this late variety when I was traveling in Vermont one fall. This will join my ‘Chesapeake Crablegs’ which blooms and sets up buds non-stop. Last year it bloomed until November!

We continue to stock cool and unusual plants until the snow flies. There’s never a dull moment in the gardens or on the benches at Natureworks. Come visit and be inspired.