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crittergarden
May 23, 2014 8:24 AM CST
Who can recommend some perennial plants for me that have enough BRIGHT green foliage to make an impact?
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NJBob
May 23, 2014 8:48 PM CST

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For a shady area Heuchera Citronelle or Hosta Fire Island.
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crittergarden
May 24, 2014 5:02 AM CST
Thank you!

The only 2 I could think of were "Sweet Kate" tradescantia and "Golden Jubilee" agastache.
Spiderwort (Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate')
Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum 'Golden Jubilee')
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stilldew
May 25, 2014 10:21 AM CST
Gold Leaf Tansy. Looks more lime than gold to me.

Angelina sedum is a good edger. I use it under lilies and clematis.
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crittergarden
May 25, 2014 11:20 AM CST
I DO have Angelina in the front yard - working on getting it to spread like grass - with crocus, daffodils, tulips, asiatic lilies, allium and fritillaria taking their turns popping up through it. I like that it keeps color all winter. (I like to impress the non gardeners who pass by!)

LOVE that limey "golden" tansy! I've never seen that.

I'm looking for upright plants mostly for my back fence bed, which begins to shade up around noon. But also some to sprinkle around in sunnier spots.

I could control tansy with deadheadding, right?
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stilldew
May 25, 2014 12:02 PM CST
This is my first year with the tansy, so I'm not sure how hard it is to control. I plan to not let it bloom. I've read that it keeps it's shape better that way and the blooms don't add much. Once Angelina starts to spread, it can be very vigorous, but easy to control.
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crittergarden
May 25, 2014 12:16 PM CST
Yeah, the Angelina came home 3-4 years ago in a 4" pot - I have at least 100 sq feet of it at home and have sold some at the flea market, too!

I inherited a tansy somewhere and I have it in a bucket, NOT in the ground.... deadheaded it last year.

PERHAPS I should look it up!
See if it spreads by seed or by root, or both....
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May 25, 2014 12:18 PM CST
Bonehead said: This will spread out nicely if kept weeded. Repels insects.

But there's not much specifics in our database.
I'm off to the wider web....
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May 25, 2014 12:30 PM CST
OK, it says the gold leaf is LESS prolific than "the species" but spreads by underground rhizomes AND self seeds.

I think I like it!
I'll plant it in a bucket and deadead.
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ckatNM
May 25, 2014 7:33 PM CST
Is tansy poisonous to animals? Last winter, I had it on my list of things to plant in the side yard to keep the waterbugs away. But after reading somewhere online that it was poisonous, I took it off my list.

After running into very large waterbugs every night, I started to reconsider getting some seeds and grow some in hanging pots. But knowing it reseeds and spreads by rhizomes, I am worried about it escaping the hanging planters. I don't even know if tansy would repel the waterbugs. I don't like the spiders that sneak in either, but they don't bug me as much as the waterbugs.
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NJBob
May 25, 2014 8:22 PM CST

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https://www.google.com/search?q=dicentra+gold+heart&client=f...

https://www.google.com/search?q=color+flash+lime+astilbe&cli...

a couple of others to consider
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crittergarden
May 26, 2014 3:58 AM CST
Good ones Bob! - thanks!
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crittergarden
May 26, 2014 4:05 AM CST
ckat -

If you deadhead the tansy it wouldn't escape the basket.

Senecio jacobaea is called "tansy ragwort" and IS poisonous to cows, horses, goats.... It's on the WA stete noxious weeds list.

Tanacetum vulgare is the one we're talking about. It just says "repels" insects.
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crittergarden
May 26, 2014 3:18 PM CST
Sure wish I had room for this sumac!
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crittergarden
May 26, 2014 3:43 PM CST
Found this in my own HAVE list!! Hilarious!
Hybrid Tickseed (Coreopsis 'Cherry Lemonade')
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crittergarden
May 26, 2014 3:49 PM CST
and these:

Geum (Geum coccineum 'Eos')
Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold')
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May 26, 2014 7:26 PM CST

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I have tried the sumac and I know a couple of others who have tried it , we all had the same result smaller year 2 and not back for year3. The Coreopsis would be an annual for you. The Hakone grasses are great plants.
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pirl
May 26, 2014 8:35 PM CST
Hakone are great but need constant division. It wears me down.
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ckatNM
May 26, 2014 10:30 PM CST
crittergarden said:ckat -

If you deadhead the tansy it wouldn't escape the basket.

Senecio jacobaea is called "tansy ragwort" and IS poisonous to cows, horses, goats.... It's on the WA stete noxious weeds list.

Tanacetum vulgare is the one we're talking about. It just says "repels" insects.


I will have to remember that. I would like to plant some in hangers by the side door and the front door. But, I am in the habit of avoiding deadheading my plants. I like to see flowers become buds, open into flowers, and wither until they fall to the earth. I would have to make a bunch of signs to remind myself what will happen if I let those seeds fall to the ground. So it is a good thing the kind I wanted to plant to repel insects may not be the poisonous one.
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crittergarden
May 27, 2014 5:46 AM CST
Plants I found in my list were in the WANT list, not the HAVE - I misspoke.

I can bring that coreopsis in for the winters. I have several potted plants I do that with.
I REALLY LIKE that coreopsis!!
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