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Description Shade Plants

Perennials for a Shady Location

There are many wonderful perennials suitable for a shady location. Most shade perennials tend to have interesting (even exotic) foliage and quietly elegant blooms. You will have greater success designing a shady garden if you focus on texture and foliage rather than flamboyant colour. Perennials that are tolerant of dry shade are marked with a *.

Shade Plants Detail

Acanthus
Aconitum
Acorus
Aegopodium*
Ajuga *
Alchemilla *
Anemone
Aquilegia
Aruncus
Asarum
Astilbe
Astrantia
Bergenia
Brunnera
Campanula (specific
varieties)

Carex
Ceratostigma
Centranthus
Chasmanthium*
Chelone
Cimicifuga
Convallaria*
Corydalis*
 
Filipendula
Galium *
Geranium*
Hedra * 
Helleborus
Hemerocallis *
Hernaria
Heuchera *
Heucherella *
Hosta *
Houttuynia
Hydrangea
Hypericum *
Lamiastrum *
Lamium *
Ligularia
Lobelia
Deschampsia
Dicentra
Digitalis *
Epimedium *
Euphorbia *
Fallopia
Ferns
Lychnis
Luzula
Lysimachia
Malva moschata
Pachysandra
Persicaria
Platycodon *
Polemonium *
Polygonatum *
Primula
Pulmonaria *
Rodgersia
Rudbeckia triloba
Sagina
Saxifraga
Sedums *
Symphytum
Thalictrum
Tiarella *
Tradescantia*
Tricyritis*
Vinca*
Viola*
 
Vines
Celastrus *
Euonymus *
Hedra *
Hydrangea
Parthenocissus *
Schyzophragma

Description Sunny Dry Plants

Perennials for a Sunny Dry Location

Most perennials prefer a well drained location and there are many that are quite drought tolerant.  Drought proof your plants by practicing proper water techniques, ie water deeply and less frequently.  This will encourage plants to grow deep root systems which are then much less susceptible to drought.

Sunny Dry Details

Acaena
Achillea
Aegopodium
Ajuga
Agastache
Alcea
Alchemillia
Alyssum
Anaphalis
Anchusa
Antennaria
Anthemis
Armeria
Artemisia
Aurinia
Baptisia
Bellis
Boltonia
Calamagrostis
Calamintha
Catanache
 
Centaurea
Cephalaria
Cerastium
Chamaemelum
Chelone
Delosperma
Dictamnus
Digitalis
Echinacea
Echinops
Erianthus
Erigeron
Eriophyllum
Eryngium
Erysimum
Escobaria
Euphorbia
Festuca
Gaillardia
Gallium
Gaura
 
Gypsophia
Helenium
Helianthemum
Helianthus
Heliopsis
Helictotrichon
Hemerocallis
Hypericum
Hyssopus
Inula
Jovibarba
Kitaibelia
Kniphofia
Lavandula
Lavatera
Leontopodium
Limonium
Lychnis
Macleaya
Malva
Miscanthus
 
Nepeta
Oenothera
Opuntia
Papaver
Perovskia
Phlomis
Physostegia
Potentilla
Ruta
Salvia
Santolina
Saponaria
Sedum
Sempervivum
Solidago
Stachys
Tanacetum
Thymus
Verbascum
Veronica

Butterfly Plants

Attracting Butterflies to your Garden

Key requirements for attracting butterflies:

o Stop using pesticides and other nasty chemicals. This is essential!!

o Grow food plants for caterpillars and nectar plants for butterflies.

o Grow larger groups of one variety of plant rather than solitary plants.

o Include a water source in your garden.

o Provide a spot where caterpillars and butterflies can over winter.

o The bigger your garden, the better.

* Top Ten Perennials for attracting Butterflies

Butterfly Plants Detail

Agastache
Alcea
Allium
Antennaria
Anaphalis
Aquilegia
Arabis
Artemisia
Asclepias *
Aster
Astilbe
Aubrieta
Boltonia
Buddleia *
Campanula
Caryopteris
Catanache
Centaurea *
Chrysanthemum
Cimicifuga
Coreopsis
Delphinium
Dianthus
Delosperma
Echinacea

 

Echinacea *
Echinops
Erigeron *
Eupatorium *
Filipendual
Foeniculum
Gailardia
Helenium *
Helianthus
Heliopsis
Hemerocallis
Iberis
Jasione
Lavandula
Lavatera
Leucanthemum
Liatris
Lupinus
Monarda
Nepeta
Oenothera
Oreganum
Phlox
Physostegia
Ratibida
Rudbeckia 
Salvia
Scabiosa
Sedum *
Sidalcea
Solidago *
Tanacetum
Thymus
Trifolium
Valeriana
Verbascum *
Veronica
Annuals
Asters
Cornflower
Cosmos
Fleabane
Sunflowers
French Marigolds
Zinnia
Impatiens
Salvia
Phlox
Ageratum
Verbena

Vegetables
Parsley
Beans
Radish
Cabbage
Carrots
Dill
Kale
Onion

 

Hummingbird Plants

Hummingbird Favourites

A quick way to attract hummingbirds is to put out a feeder. Do not use food dye in the feeder as this can be very harmful to the bird. You can now buy coloured feeders, but hummingbirds will learn to come to a clear feeder. Be sure to change your feeder often, as in hot weather the solution will quickly go bad, ie. ferment.

Hummingbirds like tubular flowers but will also seek out cup-shaped or open circular blooms like the Delphinium and Hollyhock. Bright colours -- especially red -- are always a favourite.

Hummingbird Plants Detail

 

 

 

Agastache
Ajuga
Alcea
Aquilegia
Asclepias
Buddleia
Calamintha
Clematis
Crocosmia
Delphinium
Dianthus
Dicentra
Digitalis
Hemerocallis
Heuchera
Heucherella
Hibiscus
Hosta
Incarvillea
Knautia
Kniphofia
Lavandula 
Lavatera
Lilium
Linaria
Lobelia
Lonicera
Lupinus
Lychnis
Malva
Monarda
Nepeta
Penstemon
Phlox
Physostegia
Platycodon
Potentilla
Primula
Salvia
Saponaria
Scabiosa
Sidalcea
Stachys
Tiarella
Verbascum
Veronica
Campsis

Deer Resistant Plants

Deer Resistant Perennials

 Deer (and rabbits) will usually avoid plants that have fuzzy or prickly foliage.  They also tend to ignore foliage that is poisonous or has a pungent taste or smell. Check out the website www.deerxlandscape.com.

Deer Resistant Plants Detail

 

 

 

Achillea
Aconitum
Agastache
Allium
Alchemilla
Amsonia
Anchusa
Anthemis
Aquilegia
Artemisia
Aruncus
Asclepias
Aster
Astilbe
Boltonia
Brunnera
Calamintha
Caryopteris
Centaurea
Cerastium
Ceratostigma
Chelone
Cimicifuga
Convallaria
Coreopsis
Corydalis
Crocosmia
Delphinium
Dicentra
Dictamnus
Digitalis
Echinacea
Echinops
Epimedium
Eryngium
Eupatorium
Euphorbia
Filipendula
Foeniculum
Ferns
Geranium
Helianthemum
Helleborus
Hosta (some)
Hypericum
Inula
Iris
Knipofia
Lavander
Limonium
Lupinus
Lychnis
Mertensia
Monarda
Nepeta
Opuntia
Origanum
Ornamental Grasses
Pachysandra
Peony
Penstemon
Pervoskia
Potentilla
Pulmonaria
Rheum
Ruta
Salvia
Santolina
Sedum (many)
Solidago
Spirea
Stachys
Tanacetum
Thalictrum
Thymus
Tradescantia
Trillium
Verbascum
Veronia
Veronica
Yucca

Walnut plants

Perennials that will Grow Under a Walnut Tree

Black Walnut tree roots produce a toxic substance called Juglone which can injure and kill plants. Usually the first sign is leaf wilt which usually occurs in a relatively short time after planting. If the toxic effect is detected early and the plant is removed, it may recover in a new location. At later stages the wilting becomes severe and the leaves turn brown, resulting in the death of the plant. Many perennials are not effected by Juglone and can be grown under and close to walnut trees. Most native plants will also do well under a walnut. Experiment, as this is by no means a conclusive list. Watch for signs of wilting in the first few weeks after planting and move the plant immediately if effected. (Make sure the wilting is not from insufficient watering.)

If you live in an old neighbourhood which is filled with mature walnut trees proceed with caution as the ground will be thoroughly saturated with decades of Juglone production. Best to experiment before making a major investment in plants.

Walnut Plant detail

 

 

 

Ajuga
Alcea
Anemone
Asarum
Arisaema
Astilbe
Campanula (many)
Chrysantheum (species)
Claytonia
Dicentra
Digitalis
Doronicum
Euphorbia
Ferns (many)
Galium
Geranium
Grasses (most)
Helianthus
Hemerocallis
Heuchera
Hieracium
Hosta (most)
Iris sibirica
Monarda
Myrrhis
Oenothera
Peonia
Phlox
Polemonium
Polygonatum
Primula
Pulmonaria
Sanguinaria
Sedum (many)
Stachys
Tradescantia
Trillium
Uvularia
Viola
 
  Vines
Clematis
Lonicera 
Parthenocissus

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