The Q&A Archives: what plants can i grow in my town.

Question: I was wondering a lot of my plants are dieing because they do not grow well in Andover, New Jersey. What plants do u think will grow well in my town?

Answer: Lots of nice perennials grow well in New Jersey and I'll list a few. Be sure that your garden soil drains well (amend it with compost if it doesn't) and give each plant the sun or shade it prefers. With regular watering, they should thrive:

Agastache "Blue Fortune"- Compact habit, 2-3'. Selected for its profusion of long lasting, deep blue flower spikes, that appear from July to September. Fragrant hyssop foliage. Prefers average dry locations. This is a butterfly magnet! Good drainage is needed for all agastache.

Aster X frikarti "Moench" is a long blooming (June- Oct.) blue aster that reaches 24-30".

Chrysanthemum leucanthemum "Becky"- Long living 30-36" Shasta Daisy. Large white daisies with yellow centers bloom in June and July over sturdy dark green foliage. Sun- Part Shade.

Coreopsis vert. "Moonbeam"- 1992 Perennial Plant Assoc. Plant of the Year, this 18" thread leaf type has pale yellow flowers all summer long. C. vert. "Zagreb" is another long blooming thread leaf type, this has a more compact habit(15") and clear yellow flowers. Sun.

Echinacea purpurea- Coneflowers like sun and average to dry soils. "Magnus"- Rose-pink form(3?). "Bright Star"- This 2-3' long lived perennial has rose-pink daisy-like flowers from July to September. Good butterfly attractor. "White Swan"- A white flowering form of "Bright Star".

Hemerocallis- "Happy Returns"- 3 1/2" clear lemon yellow flowers start in mid May and repeat until September. "Pardon Me"- Wine red 2 3/4" flowers start mid-late season and rebloom on 18" scapes. One of the longest blooming daylilies. "Stella D'Oro"- 2 3/4" slightly fragrant golden yellow flowers on a 18" scape, this 16" plant blooms from early mid season on. Sun- part shade.

Nepeta- The Catmints bloom all summer and are of no interest to cats. They prefer a well drained, sunny location. N. "Walker?s Low"(2?) is a prolific bloomer with bluish purple flowers April to Oct. N. siberica "Souvenir D?Andre Chaudron" is a hardy selection(2-4?) with blue flowers for most of the summer.

Rudbeckia- Black-eyed Susans or Coneflowers like sun to part shade areas with good drainage. Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida- Smaller flowers than "Goldstrum" but longer blooming, going from mid-July to October. 2-2.5? with shiny green foliage. Rudbeckia fulgida "Goldsturm"- One of the best varieties, large deep yellow daisy-like flowers with a black cone center in July- September on nicely branched 2' plant.

Salvia nemerosa "Blue Hill"- True blue flowers from June to September. Compact habit to 15 " and very floriferous. S. N. "Snow Hill"- White form. S. vertcillata "Purple Rain"- This new salvia is covered lush, smoky purple flower spikes from June- Sept.. Reaching 24", it is happy in full sun or part shade.

Sedum Most like sun and well drained areas. "Autumn Joy"- Pink rounded flower clusters begin in July and change to red by Sept. and Oct. Loves hot and dry spots(2'-3').

Sedum sieboldii-Silver blue scalloped foliage with clusters of light pink flowers in late Sept. and Oct.. Good ground cover for daylilies.

Sedum spectalibis "Brilliant"- Lavender pink flowers in August and September(2').

Enjoy your garden!

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