Posts tagged #Drought tolerant

Showy Spheres

Globe thistle's bristling balls of purple-blue are all show - only prickly in appearance but not to touch. The showy spheres bloom mid-summer into fall, then grey into winter interest. The wealth of pointed green leaves give rise to upright stalky stems, for back of border height.  These cool blooms are a favourite complement to hotter summer and fall blooming companions.  An easy, drought tolerant perennial!   

Technical stuff – Globe thistle/Echinops, hardy perennial to zone 3, height of 2' - 4' and spread of 1' - 2', full sun, blooms mid-summer into fall, drought tolerant, does come in a white blooming version too.

Posted on January 31, 2016 and filed under Perennials.

Wildflower In The Cottage Garden

Yarrow is a breezy, bountiful bloomer that brings a striking assortment of colour to the sunny side of the garden.  Yarrow, or Achillea millefolium, comes in shades of pink, apricot, mauve, red, white or yellow.  It has a delightful habit of blooming one colour, then aging to softer, faded pastels.  The feathery foliage can be vivid green or silvery grey depending on the cultivar.  Yarrow’s amiable wildflower quality, with swaying informal stems, is most suited to a cottage style garden.  This vigorous perennial that can be cut back before blooming in spring for a bushier habit, or can be cut back after bloom, for a fresh flush of ferny green and continued bloom.  Deadheading also makes for more blossoms, as does cutting for bouquets.  There are many cultivars available, with some of my favourites including: deep pink ‘Cerise Queen’, purple-y pink ‘Saucy Seduction’, soft pink ‘Apple Blossom’, coral pink ‘Paprika’, or the popular ‘Moonshine’ that serves up platters of gleaming golden blooms atop grey-green foliage.  Common yarrow is a native wildflower for North America – a smaller version than cultivated yarrow, but with the same fern-like greenery capped with flat clusters of white bloom.        

Technical stuff – Yarrow/Achillea millefolium, hardy perennial to zone 3, height and spread of 18”-24” or taller if happy, full sun, well-drained soil, drought tolerant, blooms summer into fall.

Posted on March 23, 2015 and filed under Perennials, Staple perennial.