The Best Perennials for Shade

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Shade perennials definitely hold their own when it comes to attracting helpful pollinators. There are a lot of nice flowering perennials that will happily fill in a not so sunny corner of your garden. They help to serve the important purpose of bringing around the pollinators that are needed for your fruit and veggie garden produce at it’s best. Shade plants tend to be a little more leafy and a little less flowery but still they can be attractive to pollinators. Smaller flowers can tolerate less direct sun, larger ones cannot. For example an Oriental lily would never do well …

Attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies

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All great gardens have a high amount of diversity with many different plants all with different habits and purposes. When you’re planning your food garden, also plan a little space, if you can for some flowering perennials and annuals. The purpose of this is to attract pollinators. It’s not only bees that take care of pollinating the plants. Butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, wasps, ladybugs, flying insects in general and small mammals are all considered pollinators. This is why we shouldn’t be using pesticides. It kills all of our pollinating insects and therefore our food plants don’t get pollinated and then we …

The Hummingbird Vine

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Coral Trumpet Vine

The Hummingbird Vine is a very beautiful, fast growing, deciduous woody vine that hummingbirds just love. This plant is also known as a Trumpet Vine because of the shape of the flowers it produces. Aliases Trumpet Vine Hummingbird Vine Star Glory Cypress Vine Trumpet Creeper Cow Itch Vine Hell Vine Devil’s Shoestring Latin Lingo The Hummingbird vine or Trumpet Creeper is called Campsis radicans in Latin. It is a species of flowering plant in the family called Bignoniaceae. The Latin word “radicans” means “with stems that take root”. This is an important characteristic to pay attention to before purchasing and planting. This means that …

How to Grow Oriental Lilies

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Pink and White Oriental Lily

There are so many beautiful Oriental lilies available that they could easily make a stunningly colourful garden on their own without any other flowers. They’re most beautiful standing among other shorter growing flowers and shrubs. Giant Oriental lilies are really easy to grow and they produce beautiful fragrant flowers right from their first year. They are great for novice gardeners and kids gardens. The bulbs are available in the early spring and early fall. They come in a wide range of solid colours and many colour combinations. Their height ranges from 18″ to 72″ depending on the variety. They can …

Perennials to Cut Down in Spring

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Some perennial flowers and grasses need to have the assistance of their wilted summer foliage to use for winter protection and insulation from the cold wet weather. Many need the protection for the many drab rainy months of a temperate climate. These ones listed below prefer to be cut back in the spring for this reason. It’s not the end of the world if you cut something at the wrong time of the year, most plants can handle that and will recover. You may lose some of the more sensitive varieties though. I’ve included the zone range for these plants as well. …

Perennials That Need to Be Cut Down in Fall

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Purple Centurea

As the gardening season nears the end and the flowers have faded, most perennials get a little straggly looking and not so pretty anymore.  Some perennials and many herbaceous plants like to be cut down in the fall due to mildew and other issues in rainy areas.  There are also some perennials that prefer to be cut down in the spring because they use their dead summer foliage for winter protection usually for the crown of the plant. Here is a list of common perennials to cut down in the spring. There are many other plants that are perennial in other …