flowery perennial - Knowledgebase Question

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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?


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Answer from NGA
March 30, 2010

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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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