What to grow? - Knowledgebase Question

Minneapolis, Mi
Question by sull0279
May 4, 2009
Hi: I have two evergreen trees in my front yard. I have trimmed them so that the lowest branch(s) are taller than I am and the ground does get air and sunshine about 4-6 hours per tree. What would be the best perennials to grow there? I would like to know what kind of ground cover would thrive in that area too. Annuals too, they can be replaced. Thank you so much - Barb of Mpls


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Answer from NGA
May 4, 2009

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You can plant annuals and perennials about the second week of May. Some to include in your garden might be: Armeria (Sea Pink), Aster, Dianthus (Pinks), Dicentra (Bleeding Heart), Digitalis (Foxglove), Geraniums, Gypsophilia (Baby's Breath, there are pink varieties), Heuchera (Coralbells, there are pink varieties), Malva, Veronica (Speedwell), Liatris (Blazing Star), Monarda (Beebalm), Echinacea (Coneflower), Paeonia (Peony), Phlox Paniculata, Poppy, Lychnis (Angel Blush), Helichrysum (Rose Icicle), Hollyhocks, Sweet Pea, Celosia, Cosmos, Astilbe, Chrysanthemum, Filipendula (Queen of the Prairie), Impatiens, Iris (pink varieties), Hemerocallis (Daylily, pink varieties), Oenothera (Ozark Sundrops), Penstemon (Beardtongue), Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower), Achillea, Cleome (Spider Flower), Salvia, Xeranthemum (Immortelle), Petunia, and Snapdragon. Here are some blue/purple perennials and annuals: Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile), Amsonia (Blue Star), Anchusa (Bugloss), Aster, Baptisia (False Indigo), Brunnera (Siberian Bugloss), Campanula (Bellflower), Cantanache caerula (Cupid's Dart), Ceratostigma (Blue Plumbago), Delphinium, Echinops (Globe Thistle), Columbine, Erigeron (Azure Fairy), Geranium (Johnson's Blue), Iris, Lupines, Mertensia (Virginia Bluebells), Lisianthus (Florida Blue or The Blue Rose), Laurentia, Morning Glory (many varieties, lots of blues, pinks and purples), Nepeta (Walker's Low), Lavender, Cleome (Spider Flower), Cosmos, Gomphrena, Nigella (Love in a Mist), Platycodon (Balloon Flower), Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower), Eryngium (Sea Holly), Veronica (Speedwell), Salvia. Groundcovers might include periwinkle (Vinca) or pachysandra. Good luck with your garden!

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