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‘Julia’ Coneflower ~ A Perennial a Week

It may be difficult to find attractive orange summer flowering perennials for the summertime garden, but the ‘Julia’ Coneflower answers the call with a gorgeous rich orange flower. It is a long-blooming plant from early to late summer.   This is a compact plant for a sunny garden growing around 15” – 18” in height, […]

Sweet Autumn Clematis – Late Summer Flowering Perennial ~ A Perennial a Week

It’s nice to know that there is one clematis that comes into full bloom in late summer. Spring or early summer are when you see most clematis in flower, so to have one blooming now is pretty sweet!     Which brings us to this week’s perennial which is the Sweet Autumn Clematis. Its name […]

‘Royal Standard’ Hosta ~ A Perennial a Week

We haven’t featured a white flowering perennial for a while, so this week the ‘Royal Standard’ Hosta is in the spotlight. And, with pretty good timing too, since late summer is its blooming time!     You may not think of hostas in terms of flowers since for the most part they are relied upon […]

Balloon Flower Garden Perennial ~ A Perennial A Week

In celebration of the 4th of July holiday, the perennial this week is the balloon flower, but instead of just one plant, we’re choosing three of them for their patriotic colors of red, white, and blue.   The Balloon Flower garden perennial is a pretty cool plant in appearance – the flower buds look like […]

‘Becky’ Shasta Daisy – A Perennial a Week

Would I be wrong if I said that most everyone loves daisies in their garden? My favorite bouquets will always have white daisies in them. And, white petal daisies with their sunny yellow centers just liven up gardens and landscapes.   A number of years ago, I bought one 6” pot of the ‘Becky’ Shasta […]

‘Happy Returns’ Daylily – A Perennial A Week

We think this week’s perennial would definitely make a bright and cheery impression in any landscape or garden, with its lemon yellow trumpet-shaped flowers nestled in the tips of its slender grass-like green foliage.   Sounds pretty, doesn’t it? The ‘Happy Returns’ daylily is all that! It’s a compact plant growing to 15” – 18” […]

Japanese Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ – A Garden Perennial A Week

We’re starting the ‘A Perennial a Week’ series (a series featuring types and varieties of garden perennials) off  with a perennial that I saw in a few yards last summer, and I don’t recall ever seeing it before, so it was new for me. It is tall, about 3 feet (but there are shorter varieties), […]

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