Perennials in PA - Knowledgebase Question

Pittsburgh, Pe
Question by dollman56
May 4, 2009
I live on a main road and have three flower beds in front of my house. I would like to plant perennial flowers with a lot of color and not too tall. My house is dark, and two of the beds are right up against it. Any suggestions?


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Answer from NGA
May 4, 2009

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You can plant annuals and perennials about the first 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.

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