flowery perennial - Knowledgebase Question

frisco, Te
Question by sollohubgage
March 30, 2010
last year i planted impatients with outstanding results. but since they are an annual they never made it through the winter. do we have a perrenial with such an abundence of flowers that i can plant this year? also my begonias are coming back. do you think that they will continue to maturity?

Answer from NGA
March 30, 2010


If your begonias are coming back, they should grow and flower just as they did last year. As a substitute for the impatiens you might try Coral Bells - Heuchera sanguinea. It blooms in late spring with multitudes of tubular coral flowers carried on tall spikes above the foliage. Evergreen plant makes a low neat mound of dark green foliage. Attractive foliage makes a good border plant even when not in bloom. Light: Shade Height:18" Soil: Moist Well Drained

Hellebore ?Lenten Rose? - Helleborus orientalis. Attractive leathery foliage on a compact well behaved plant. Graceful nodding flowers of pink to purple in early to mid spring. Long-lived plants for sheltered moist rockeries and well drained woodsy beds. Light: Shade Height: 8"-10"

Penstemon ?Gulf Coast? or ?Brazos? - Pentstemon tenuis. Blooms pale pink in spring and sometimes in fall. Will perform well in poorly drained soil as well as sandy loam. Semi-evergreen in winter. Light: Sun/Shade Height:18"

Wood Sorrel, Pink or White - Oxalis crassipes. Old favorite low-growing edging plant, forming a low mound. Dainty pink or white flowers bloom all spring and summer.
Clover-like leaves emanating from a cluster of bulbs. Leaves are even attractive in themselves. Blooms in sun or light shade. Very dependable. Height: 10"-12" Soil: Moist Well Drained.

Candytuft - Iberis sempervirens. A hardy, low-growing, evergreen plant that is covered with small white flowers February to April. Good in planters, borders,
foundation plantings, and rock gardens. Height:6-12? Soil: Well Drained.

Best wishes with your garden.

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