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Melinda’s Garden Moment – Liven up your landscape

Posted at 3:31 PM, Sep 04, 2020

Liven up your landscape by including a few of the lesser-used perennials.

The 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 arrangements.

Stoke’s 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.

Heleniums, 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.

The fine airy flowers of Jupiter’ beard (Centranthus ruber) make this a great filler in the garden. Be aware it will reseed.

And for hot dry areas consider this Coral Penstemon. It makes a colorful focal point and attracts beneficial insects to the garden.

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