Perennials forum: Long blooming perennials

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Name: Susan
Zone 5b (Zone 5b)

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gardenersdetective
Oct 9, 2011 8:57 AM CST
We perennial gardeners especially like getting a big bang for our buck so having a plant that returns year after year is very important. Let's share some of our favorite long blooming perennials which give us the constant color we crave. Which perennials are you considering adding next year? Hopefully this thread will create a list of good candidates as we peruse the gardening catalogs this winter.

Name: Susan
Zone 5b (Zone 5b)

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gardenersdetective
Oct 9, 2011 9:06 AM CST
Next year my plan is to create color through foliage. I would like to add
Stachys 'Helen Von Stein'
Miniture mondo grass
Japaneese Sedge

I have a bed that I want to mass a silver foliage plant (no taller than 18"-24"). The bed is half shade and half sun. Can anyone tell me if Nepeta 'Walkers Low' is a good candidate? The hummingbirds were hitting off it like crazy at the nurseries this year.
Name: tabby
denver, colorado zone 5
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tabby
Oct 9, 2011 9:33 AM CST
I'm not planning on adding much next year since my gardens are rather full, but I do want to give a plug for hardy geranium Tiny Monster, which blooms all summer until frost and requires very little care.

Oh, and it's not "tiny". :-)


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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Oct 9, 2011 10:17 AM CST
My favorite long blooming perennial is Heliopsis 'Lorraine Sunshine'. It blooms from early summer to frost and doesn't require dead heading. Changing foliage color is an added benefit. Check out the pictures on the data base. Another favorite are Rudbeckias. They have along bloom season if dead headed. Blossoms hold up well.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Susan
Zone 5b (Zone 5b)

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gardenersdetective
Oct 9, 2011 2:16 PM CST
Paul I thought the data base had a great pic. Really nice foliage as well.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 13, 2011 3:32 AM CST
Its October and I still have bright blue tips of Veronica Royal Candles.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Oct 13, 2011 8:23 AM CST
I have Veronica spicata 'Ulster Blue Dwarf', tall cannas, gaillardias, daisies, 'Henry Eilers' rudbeckia, 4 o'clocks, and dahlias still going strong here in zone 7a.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Oct 13, 2011 6:02 PM CST
I don't know how long they'll last, but I have one Pacific Giant Delphinium that has been getting bigger and healthier for three years now (counting the seedling as Year One).

I just started several vaireties of Salvia from seed, and I'll see how they come back.

I don't care whether their roots survive, or they reseed vigorously, just as long as they do come back.

Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Oct 19, 2011 6:05 PM CST
I'll have to say that my Salvia `Maraschino' blooms all summer and is still in full flower. Love it. Also the Salvia greigii `Wild Thing,' which is still blooming away and which I'm collecting seeds from. Also Gaillardia `Goblin' is still going strong. The Rudbeckias don't bloom constantly but will rebloom if I'm vigilant about deadheading, although they don't come back as strong as the original blooms. My Caryopteris blooms constantly until frost, once it starts blooming, and this year it started in early July. I love it almost as much as the bees and butterflies!
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Oct 21, 2011 6:25 PM CST
Paul2032 said:My favorite long blooming perennial is Heliopsis 'Lorraine Sunshine'. It blooms from early summer to frost and doesn't require dead heading. Changing foliage color is an added benefit. Check out the pictures on the data base. Another favorite are Rudbeckias. They have along bloom season if dead headed. Blossoms hold up well.


Paul, I copy and paste your flower and nothing came up. Blinking
Susan

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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Oct 21, 2011 7:37 PM CST
Susan, I found it there with the spelling 'Loraine'. (only one r)
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Oct 22, 2011 4:29 AM CST
Thank You Janice! I will check it out. Thumbs up

That is what I thought it was! I bought some seeds on eBay last year but never planted them. Do you think they will come true from seed??
Susan

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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Oct 22, 2011 7:29 AM CST
I'd give it a try, Susan! And since you are in 7b, I'd direct sow a few of those seeds in the garden now and save some for Spring.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Oct 22, 2011 2:55 PM CST
Sounds like a plan!! Thanks Janice. Hurray!
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Susan
Zone 5b (Zone 5b)

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gardenersdetective
Oct 26, 2011 11:59 AM CST
Sharing this interesting list from Missouri Botanical Gardens , Zone 5b

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/Portals/0/Gardening/G...
Name: Stephanie Gonzales
Texas (Zone 8a)
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StephGTx
Nov 28, 2011 8:25 PM CST
Awesome chart! Thanks for sharing I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 29, 2011 2:33 AM CST
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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
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virginiarose
Nov 29, 2011 5:21 AM CST
Great list, I am printing it out so I can pick out some long blooming plants for next spring! Hurray!

susan
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
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Carolyn22
Dec 2, 2011 2:23 PM CST
Susan

I love this chart. I printed it and I am in the process of drawing up my own. I am hoping I find the 'holes' in my gardens' blooming period....

Thanks for sharing.
Carolyn
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huggergirl
Dec 3, 2011 7:38 AM CST
Thank you Thank you ,I too printed it off

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