ANNUALS - PERENNIALS - LILACS
Sadly, our supplier advised us that some of our choices are unavailable. But there are still so many pretty lilacs to choose!
LILACS FOR 2022
I grow two types of annuals-ones I start from seed, and also specialty annuals, that I bring in as small plugs and grow on. A lot of my seeded flowers are edible, such as pansies and nasturtiums. It's great fun to order from catalogs, saying hello to new varieties and re-order seeds of old friends. Because I have limited space, I try to grow flowers that you will not find at other stores-unusual flowers like red marigolds, nastrurtiums,, lemon gem marigolds, sunflowers and more. I also grow vines, such as Scarlet Runner Beans, Morning Glory, Sweet Peas, and Thubergia, or Black Eyed Susan Vines.
Specialty annuals are plants that are grown from cuttings and do not set seeds. They are bred to be high performers. With plenty of fertilizer, they grow like crazy all summer without deadheading (although many look better with a bit of grooming). They are more costly because they are patented, and I have to bring in little starts and grow them into 4" pots and larger. They are perfect for hanging baskets, window boxes, planters, combination pots and even in the ground. As always, I have a great selection of petunias, bringing back old favorites, but this year I am trying some new flowers-two dahlias, a trailing specialty portulaca, the grey Angel Wings Senecio, lime green sweet potato vine, a tall blue salvia and a specialty sunflower that blooms all summer. Not all are represented here! If you click on one of the pictures, it will open the gallery and you can then click the right arrow to see bigger pictures of the group. (There are two groups here).
This year I am offering seven different combos that are perfect for hanging baskets or large pots, even as ground covers! Each pot has three complimentary plants that grow well together. They are all specialty annuals that need little deadheading and thrive on lots of fertilizer. The strip below has an arrow to move through the group and if you click on a picture, it expands.
Perennials are nice in the landscape because they come back year after year. Many perennials have a specific season of bloom. There is a progression in the garden-bulbs in early spring, followed by early bloomers like bleeding heart and foxgloves, then delphiniums and daylilies in midsummer and rudbeckias and echinacea in late summer. Some, like shastas and phlox will keep on blooming if deadheaded. Some can just be cut to the ground after bloom and will grow back to bloom again, like perennial bachelor's buttons or catmints. Many people want something in bloom all summer. I suggest staggering bloom times and filling the spaces between perennials with annuals. Bulbs like tulips can be covered with pansies or other annuals to help camoflauge their dying down, and snapdragons and other annuals are good fillers and a nice companion for bouquets. Wave petunias also make nice edgings.
I have all kinds of perennials, and some are featured here. This year I have more echinaceas. At the nursery you will find all sorts of wonderful odds and ends. Some never make it to the Farmers' Market, so it's worth a visit to check what we have. I have more time to help you if you make an appointment and come after regular hours end (after mid June).
Hint: Most people only buy perennials when they are blooming, but if you can use your imagination (I try to have picture signs on most of my plants), you will find a much larger variety available to you. And when you plant flowers, remember they love to be fed, so make the soil nice and fertile with a fertilizer high in phosphorus, (the middle number in N-P-K). Bone meal is a nice extra addition to the planting hole. I am adding a section on natural fertilizers on the FAQ page. Remember, this is just a small selection of what I have. I have lots of wonderful perennials this year!
Oriental Hybrid Lilies
Lilies are so wonderful in the garden! These hardy lilies will come back and multiply year after year. All these lilies would appreciate planting in soil with good drainage and some high phosphorus fertilzer. Every few years you can divide the clumps. They do better if you don't allow perennials to take them over. Let them have a little space. Tuck the OTs into the back of borders and the taller Asiatics and Orientals in the middle of the border. I love all of them for cut flower bouquets.
Asiatic Hybrids bloom in late June, and although not fragrant, they have fun and bright colors. Growing between 2-4' tall, they are wonderful for cut flowers. Be sure to leave 2/3 of the stem to feed the bulb. They bloom at the same time as baby's breath so you have an instant bouquet!
OT Hybrids, also referred to as Tree Lilies, are Oriental and Trumpet lilies crossed. They bridge the bloom gap between Asiatics and Orientals, blooming in late July. They are wonderfully fragrant and some are very tall, up to six feet. Many make lots of medium sized flowers on each stem, which increases with age and size of the bulb.
Oriental Hybrids are the latest, blooming in August. Their large flowers are very fragrant and come mostly in shades of white, pink or pale yellow. Stargazer is the most famous of this type, but we have ordered a mix, so there will be many interesting flowers to try.