The Q&A Archives: Good Looking Garden Year Round

Question: What perenials would you suggest that would look good from spring to fall for Wisconsin? I see gardens that have plants that have finished blooming they start to die and wilt making gardens look poorly.

Answer: The key to having a beautiful garden is in choosing early, mid- and late summer blooming plants. That way when one perennial stops blooming, others take their places in a well orchastrated series of blooms. For spring bloom, plant Purple Showers Violet (Viola cornuta ?Purple Showers?). This plant has pansy like flowers and blooms from spring through mid summer. King of Hearts Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa ?King of Hearts?) blooms until summer weather gets hot. Walkers Low Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii ?Walkers Low?) blooms spring through early summer. Jolly Bee (Geranium x ?Jolly Bee?) and Rozanne (Geranium x ?Rozanne?) blooms all summer long. Stella D?Oro Daylily (Hemerocallis ?Stella D?Oro?) blooms all summer long. Blue Hill Salvia (Salvia nemerosa ?Blue Hill?) blooms early to late summer. Zagreb Thread Leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata ?Zagreb?) blooms all summer long. Raydon?s Favorite Aromatic Aster (Aster oblongifolius ?Raydon?s Favorite?) blooms late summer into fall. Fischer Monkshood (Aconitum fischeri) blooms late summer into fall. My Favorite? Twilight Pink Mum (Dendranthema ?My Favorite? Twilight Pink?) blooms late summer until first frost.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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