up your landscape by including a few of the lesser-used perennials.
blackberry lily (Belamcanda chinensis)
produces beautiful flowers in summer followed by seedpods that split open to
reveal blackberry-like seeds for additional interest in the garden or dried
aster (Stokesia laevis) was a popular
plant in the past, but not as common now. Grow this beauty in full sun and well-drained soil for best
results. And grow enough to include a
few in your cut flower arrangements.
also known as Helen's flower or sneezeweed, are adaptable to a variety of
growing conditions. Many newer varieties
with stronger or shorter stems are being introduced.
fine airy flowers of Jupiter's beard (Centranthus
ruber) make this a great filler in the garden. Be aware it will reseed.
for hot dry areas consider this Coral Penstemon. It makes a colorful focal point and attracts
beneficial insects to the garden.
Make a bold statement in your garden with the lesser-used ornamental
rhubarb. The large leaves can be green,
variegated, or tinged red or orange. These are topped with white or red
flowers. Give this big plant plenty of
room or dig, divide and share with a friend when it outgrows its location.