Borough Gardening - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by falcook
November 16, 2010
Are there suggestions for plants in borough gardens or home gardens?


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Answer from NGA
November 16, 2010
There are lots of plants you can grow in southwestern Pennsylvania. Penn State suggests the following hardy shrubs and perennials:
Shrubs for sun:
Slender Deutzia (Deutzia gracilis); Shrub Roses (Rosa hybrids including the Knockout? and Carefree? series, and ?All That Jazz,? ?Nearly Wild,? and ?The Fairy?);
Rugosa Roses (Rosa rugosa, especially ?Alba,? ?Frau Dagmar Hastrupp,? and ?Rubra?);
Spirea (Spirea spp.); Meyer Lilac (Syringa meyerii) and Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum).

Perennials for sun:
Tickseed Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata cultivars); ?Becky? Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum ?Becky?); Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia spp.);
?Herrenhausen? Ornamental Oregano (Oreganum laevigatum ?Herrenhausen?); Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) and Sage (Salvia spp. ? both ornamental and culinary types).

Shrubs for shade:
Fiveleaf Aralia (Acanthopanax sieboldianus); Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia);
Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia); Fothergilla (Fothergilla spp.); Deciduous Holly (Ilex verticillata cultivars and hybrids) and Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica).

Perennials for shade:
Pigsqueak (Bergenia cordifolia); Fringed Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia cultivars and hybrids); Allegheny Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia); Hellebore (Helleborus spp.); Hosta (Hosta spp. and cultivars) and ferns of all kinds.

I hope this short list is helpful. Enjoy your garden!

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