What to plant - Knowledgebase Question

Boston, Ma
Question by jolenekiyan
March 22, 2010
Hi! I have a patio on the basement level in the south end. There is a 3 'x1 1/2'

Answer from NGA
March 22, 2010


For the sunny part of your planter, you can grow Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Its beautiful cone-topped flower heads begin their show of color in June and continue all the way into September. Not many perennials provide color for such an extended time! Purple coneflower is also very drought-resistant?it?s often found in native prairie plantings.

Siberian irises feature three inner petals that stand up as outer petals spread gracefully.

Lady?s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) has uniquely scalloped leaves of grayish-green make a great ground cover, while fluffy chartreuse flowers arch gracefully above from mid-May through August. Early in the morning, or after it rains, you?ll find tiny water droplets on the leaves.

Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) begins to bloom in late spring and continues all the way into late summer. Dainty, sulfur-yellow flowers wave on slender stems, against a backdrop of airy green foliage. This perennial looks great all season long.

Ornamental grasses are great tucked in between colorful annuals. For the partly shaded areas, try Astilbe, Helleborous, Canna Lilies, Ferns, Brunnera 'Jack Frost', Princess Lilies (Alstromeria) and for the really shady places you can pop in a few hosta.

Best wishes with your garden!

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