The Horticulture society is donating a tree to the Honouring Fallen Soliders project along the highway. Read more about it here
Donna Zarudny (left) with Bev Farmer featuring one of the new hostas.
Photo by Colette Whiting
At the May meeting Donna Zarudny from Dufferin Garden Centre introduced us to a fabulous variety of new and exciting perennials. The trend is leaning to compact, more drought tolerant, able to stand on its own and flowering for longer.
Dufferin Garden Centre has started a line of labels that lets you know which plants are bee friendly. Look for the yellow bee sticker. They are also carrying a lot more heritage and native plants that pollinators look for first. Please consider adding a cluster of these to your garden somewhere. Pollinators like clusters of flowers.
Bees in particular like blue, yellow, purple and white flowers
Make sure you put different shaped flowers as different pollinators like different shapes/textures
Consider plants that are in bloom in different times so there are always flowers for them.
Bees houses – make sure they are in a protected area.
Read more about what they are doing here.
She suggests planting high colour contrast things together and in clusters of 3 to create a “WOW” factor in your garden.
For an interesting low maintenance container garden, plant different hens and chicks and sedums in small pots and group together. Take into consideration cobweb style, texture, colour, height. She shared a sample of one with us that was beautiful, they could be used for creating small fairy gardens. See some of the creations that were made at one of their recent classes here
The 2016 Perennial is Anemone Homrine Jobert – 3-4 feet
Other new plants this year
Holly Hocks Alcea Halo – red/yellow – 6 Feet Bi-Annual
Astrantia – Midnight Owl – 30” High
Zone 3 A beautiful purple flowers from May – September does need to be deadheaded
Full sun/part sun likes morning sun
I will be adding this one to my garden this year.
Campuanula – Iridescent Bells –
Zone 5 – May – September blooms
The bees love these
Cone Flowers – Echinacea Butterfly Rainbow – 18”
Blooms Spring – Frost
Needs 6 hours of sun
Other varieties to look at for contrast – Tomato soup and Mac and Cheese
Hemerocellas – San Luis Halloween – 6” blooms
Blooms spring – fall
Heuchera – Grape expectation
Zone 4 – gorgeous deep purple leaves
Drought tolerate – likes morning sun
Use this with a lime coloured hosta to create a “wow” contrast point in your garden
Hostas - House Mouse
Zone 3 – Shade, slug resistant
Blue/green wavy leaves, perfect for a rock garden
Hosta – Cool as a cucumber
Zone 2 – long tapered leaves with white centre and vivid green edge
Has lavender blooms
Hosta – Hulk
High contrast – pointy leaves
Lavendula Augustifolia – Dwarf Blue – 12”
Drought tolerant great for rock garden – don’t completely cut back only take ~5” off the top
(the munsted variety is a very good pollinator just make sure you mulch it really well for the first year)
Leucanthum Spellbook Lumos (daises)
Zone 5 Spring – Summer bloom
These must be dead headed
Penstemon x Mexicali – Carillo Rose – 10-12”
Zone 5 Late spring – fall bloom
Heat and drought tolerant good for container and rock gardens
Lychnis – Petite Jenny
Zone 3 – Spring – Early summer blooms
Weigela Tuxedo – Shrub – 2’x4’
Low maintenance – white flower
Viola – Frizzle Sizzle
Spring – Fall bloom
Needs to be dead headed
Join us June 21 at the Royal Canadian Legion at 7:30. Our guest speaker Shannon Stephens of Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority will be speaking on “Water conservation and Buffer Plants”