Borough garden club - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by falcook
February 18, 2011
I have a Borough garden along the highway. Last year the plants did not bloom and I could not water it enough. I want to know what flowers to plant that will bloom all summer and fall in this area. How should I plant them?


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Answer from NGA
February 18, 2011

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I sounds as though you should concentrate on drought tolerant plants for the garden. I'd start by removing everything in the bed and then spreading 4-5 inches of compost or other organic matter over the top, digging it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. Amending the soil will help it hold moisture between waterings. Then choose from the following list of drought tolerant plants. Choosing a variety of different plants will ensure you have something in bloom all spring, summer and fall. Here are some of your choices: Asclepias tuberosa - Butterflyweed; Agastache foeniculum - Anise hyssop; Amsonia spp. - Amsonia; Artemisia spp. - Artemisia; Aster spp. - Asters; Baptisia australis - False blue indigo; Centauria montana - Perennial bachelor?s button; Coreopsis spp.- Coreopsis; Dianthus spp. - Pinks; Echinacea purpurea - Purple cone flower; Echinops ritro - Globe thistle; Erygium spp. - Sea holly; Euphorbia sp. - Spurge; Gaillardia spp. - Blanket flower; Geranium macchrorhizum - Bigroot geranium; Helleborus sp. ? Hellebores; Hemerocallis spp. ? Daylily; Hibiscus moscheutos - Common mallow; Iris sibirica - Siberian iris; Lavendula angustifolia -Lavender; Liatris spp. - Gay feather; Nepeta spp. - Catmint; Paeonia sp. - Peony; Perovskia atriplicifolia - Russian sage; Phlox spp.- Phlox; Rudbeckia spp. - Black-eyed Susan; Salvia spp. - Sage; Sedum spp. - Sedum; Sempervirens tectorum - Hens and chicks; Stachys byzantina - Lamb= ears; Stokesia laevis - Stokes aster; Thymus spp. - Thyme; Verbascum spp. - Mullein; and Yucca spp. - Yucca. Enjoy your garden!

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