Finding a low maintenance flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Port Deposit, Ma
Question by tblair9
April 27, 2008
What are some low maintenance flowers to plant in my new outdoor garden?


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Answer from NGA
April 27, 2008

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For a sunny garden spot, you can't beat the following:
Sedum Autumn Joy (Sedum x ?Autumn Joy?) A well-known favorite that attracts butterflies. Flower heads form in mid-summer and look like broccoli until they turning pink as the summer progresses. Flowers are a deeper rusty-red in the fall.

Moonbeam Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata) Clusters of light yellow, daisy-like blooms with green airy fern-like foliage. Blooms from June through October and is mildew resistant. Stands 24? tall and spreads 18-24? wide.

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida ?Goldsturm?) 2-3? tall gold-petaled, black-centered, daisy-type flowers bloom continuously from August to October. Seed heads are attractive to birds.

Stella D?oro Daylily (Hemerocallis) One of the finest dwarf daylilies available. Outstanding masses of bright, golden-yellow flowers appear all summer. First flowers appear in May and repeat every few weeks into fall.

Liatris (Liatris species) A robust and striking perennial also known as Blazing Star and Gayfeather. This attractive plant has an interesting vertical spike of purplish-pink or white flowers. Excellent flower for cutting and drying. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Purple Dome New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae ?Purple Dome?) Compact aster with dark green foliage and profuse bloom of dark purple flowers (up to 1.5? across) which can entirely cover the plant from mid-August until early October. Attractive to butterflies.

Purple Coneflower (Echincea purpurea) 2-3? tall, stunning purple-pink flowers (also available in white) with orange centers that resemble large daisies, and are great for cutting. Attracts butterflies; seed heads are good food source for birds.

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata) These 12? - 16? tall bright yellow daisy-like flowers with burgundy-to-plum colored centers will bring vibrant color to sunny borders and butterfly gardens. Vigorous, easy to grow, and salt tolerant. Begins
blooming in late June and continues into fall.

Best wishes with your new garden!

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