Not in Wayne, Maine, or in Helena, Montana! These plants can be added to the garden in the fall, in areas with mild winters. They regrow in the spring, and might come back for one or two years. Many other cultivars of dianthus cousins of the carnation are longer-lived perennials and can be found in garden centers spring through fall. A hardy annual I have yet to see this year is Diascia , also called twin-spur. Its flowers come in white and in shades of pink, reddish, and orange. The foliage is fine in texture, falling over the edge of a container. It performs best in cool weather, tolerating light frost, and sun.
Decades ago, before the hybrids became available, I grew seeds ordered from Thompson and Morgan. Another genus that is difficult to find as plants is toadflax Linaria. It has a vertical habit, comes in a wide range of colors, and tolerates cool weather. Next to go outside are osteospermum, lobularia, lobelia, calibrachoa, and petunia transplants. Or cover them with an old sheet, raised off the foliage. Thorough soil preparation to improve drainage helps. After checking long-term weather predictions from the U. Weather Service, proceed…or delay until seasonable weather can be relied upon.
Your local garden center will be glad to advise you, but predictions can go out the window in an instant! So, watch the weather.
These evergreen perennials grow in light shade or partial sun. If you have a choice between morning or afternoon sun, choose the cooler morning sun. In cold climates, all of the foliage can turn brown. Cut back the dead foliage in late winter or after the most severe weather has passed. Also, avoid planting them where wind will damage the foliage and flowers.
Modern breeding has brought us doubles and triples and colors deep blue! Most of the hybrids have H. Hellebores belong to the Ranunculaceae family. Hellebores can self-seed, considered a fault by some, but many of the newer hybrids are sterile. Even though hellebores are not fussy about soil, you do want to make sure the bed drains well.
Digging in the pine fines and some compost is a good idea. They prefer soil with slightly acidic to neutral pH, so add some granular limestone if your soil is very acidic.
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Fertilize in autumn with a complete formulation that contains iron, and again when active growth begins in spring. There are few groups of plants that offer the tremendous diversity in foliage color that Heuchera the coral bells does. A few cultivars have trailing habits.
A few cultivars will tolerate even warmer temperatures, south to zone 10 or Gardeners in warm regions should look for cultivars with H. I used H. The fuzzy gray-green leaves were dinner plate size, and ivory flowers towered over the large clumps in mid fall. When cool weather arrives in autumn, colors intensify, rivaling those of the trees growing above them. I often use Heuchera in combination pots, both summer and winter.
Add some color-coordinated and equally cold tolerant companion plants for a stunning seasonal display. These plants are evergreen or semi-evergreen perennials, and are related to Astilbe and strawberry begonia Saxifraga stolonifera , in the Saxifragaceae family. Some of the cultivars tolerate full sun and others need light shade or dappled shade.
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It certainly will be sunburned in direct sunlight. Those parts of the leaves that are perpendicular to the hottest rays of the sun, on a hot day, will show sun scald—first a bleaching of the foliage, and then browning in patches. Many of the light-colored cultivars react to sun in this way, but the black or purple varieties can take more sun.
Each variety is different. Gardeners in areas where the sun is less intense might not have this concern. Morning sun is less stressful than intense afternoon sun. The shade or partial-shade-loving Heucheras look great in garden beds shared with ferns, hostas, Hellebores, rhododendrons, and azaleas. Heucheras cannot tolerate wet soil, so do thorough soil preparation before planting. Incorporate a few inches of pine fines, or soil conditioner, into the soil, along with some compost.
Adding coarse sand not fine play sand is also a good idea. Consider color combinations carefully for effective design. Use Pieris japonica varieties that also have coppery new foliage as a backdrop for a satisfying vignette. Maybe you could add one of those deciduous azaleas with warm-colored yellow, orange, or rust flowers and some chartreuse Acorus or Hakenochlo a, and wow! Below are some examples from the warm palette.
White adds some sparkle, and can be used in both warm and cool palettes. When using a lot of loud colors, white helps tone down the combination. Also think about using lungwort Pulmonaria for its pink-and-blue flowers and spotted foliage. The pink or white Hellebores would fit right in. And so would Siberian bugloss Brunnera , with flowers that resemble blue forget-me-nots. Grassy-textured accents finally complete the picture.
Below are several examples of cool-tone plants , including pinks, blues, silver, and purple.
Most of these will grow in a lightly to partly shaded garden. Plan on adding some spring-flowering bulbs , particularly the minor bulbs and dwarf varieties of daffodils, for a blast of spring color. Allow the leaves to yellow and wither naturally, though, after they bloom.
Green photosynthesizing leaves plump up the bulbs for the next year. Bulbs are available in the fall, by the way, but some garden centers offer potted bulbs in spring, already showing color. Look for pots that have some unopened buds for a longer display. A stone bench, a bird bath, or a large empty ceramic pot that echoes the color palette brings another dimension to the garden. Stop me! A stone path would be nice…. Menu Skip to content. Home Contact Us. Snow on one of the bird feeders. Dianthus behind dusty miller Senecio. Onion sets planted for green onions.
Early daffodils bloom before trees leaf out, from bulbs. Acorus adds texture and chartreuse or yellow variegated colors Rountree Plantation. Pale yellow variegated hosta. Spreading sweet woodruff Galium odoratum will have white flowers. Early Eranthis, from bulbs. A few Heucheras with compatible colors Rountree Plantation.
Coppery foliage of a Heuchera cultivar Rountree Plantation. Coppery new foliage of Pieris japonica, and Heuchera cv. Primrose Primula. Early snowdrops, from bulbs. Snow crocus, from bulbs.
Puschkinia, from bulbs. Blue-leaved hosta. Hyacinthoides hispanica, from bulbs. Heuchera, pewter shades. Japanese painted fern Athyrium cv. Warm and Tender at AllMusic.
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