perennials - Knowledgebase Question

forked river, Ne
Question by jacsfla67
March 31, 2010
I'm looking to create a perennial garden with very low upkeep. I live in central New Jersey and was wondering if you could suggest some plants(with pretty flowers as thsi will be seen fromt he street) It does get afternoon sun

Answer from NGA
March 31, 2010


Some of the best perennials for a low maintenance yard include those that are considered drought tolerant. They are typically slow growing (low maintenance) and will get along well if you forget to water. They do need to be watered on a regular basis, but won't wilt if you neglect to water them on occasion. Here are a few to consider:

Heuchera sanguinea, Coral Bells, are southwestern wild flowers, but they
have long been hardy herbaceous perennials in northeastern gardens. The leaves
are geranium-shaped, forming a dense mat of vegetation 6 inches in height. The
charm of the plant is its foot-high airy stalks of pink bell-shaped flowers.

Iberis sempervirens. Evergreen Candytuft is at its best during May when the
white clusters of flowers cover the plant. The long evergreen leaves are attractive
but not prominent assets.

Sedums, or Stone Crops, are succulent perennials. Some species, such as
Sedums acre, the Gold Moss Stone Crop, seem to be determined to cover the
earth. Other species are much more refined. One of the best of the lot is Sedum
spurium. This vigorous but not invasive ground cover, which thrives between the
rocks in sun or shade, is covered with rosettes of succulent leaves borne on 1- to 2-
inch stalks.

Sempervivum tectorum. Hen and Chickens, or common house leek, may be
too ?cute? for the sophisticated gardener, but there is charm and nostalgia for a
succulent rose-shaped mother plant producing baby roses around it.

Pinks and Phlox. Mountain Pink and Ground Phlox are both mat-forming ground covers.
Ground Phlox is the common name for Phlox subulata. This herbaceous perennial bears needlelike evergreen foliage that sparsely covers the ground.

Others you might consider include Asclepias tuberosa - Butterflyweed; Agastache foeniculum - Anise hyssop; Amsonia spp. - Amsonia; Artemisia spp. - Artemisia; Aster spp. - Asters; Baptisia australis - False blue indigo; Centauria montana - Perennial bachelor?s button; Coreopsis spp.- Coreopsis; Dianthus spp. - Pinks; Echinacea purpurea - Purple cone flower; Echinops ritro - Globe thistle; Erygium spp. - Sea holly; Euphorbia sp. - Spurge; Gaillardia spp. - Blanket flower; Geranium macchrorhizum - Bigroot geranium; Helleborus sp. ? Hellebores; Hemerocallis spp. ? Daylily; Hibiscus moscheutos - Common mallow; Hosta sp. - Hosta; Iris sibirica - Siberian iris; Lavendula angustifolia -Lavender; Liatris spp. - Gay feather; Nepeta spp. - Catmint; Paeonia sp. - Peony; Perovskia atriplicifolia - Russian sage; Phlox spp.- Phlox; Rudbeckia spp. - Black-eyed Susan; Salvia spp. - Sage; Sedum spp. - Sedum; Sempervirens tectorum - Hens and chicks; Stachys byzantina - Lamb= ears; Stokesia laevis - Stokes aster; Thymus spp. - Thyme; Verbascum spp. - Mullein; and Yucca spp. - Yucca.

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