border plants - Knowledgebase Question

Horn Lake, Mi
Question by minniewebste
May 6, 2010
Which plants and shrubs would be great to use as a border along my driveway? Also,which plants come back every season, and that are maintainace free?

Answer from NGA
May 6, 2010


Some great shrubs for your gardening region include Caryopteris incana 'Sunshine Blue', Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'), Abelia mosanensis 'Fragrant Abelia', and Itea (Sweetspire). Perennials you might try - Agastache "Blue Fortune"- Compact habit, 2-3'. Selected for its profusion of long lasting, deep blue flower spikes, that appear from July to September. Fragrant hyssop foliage. Prefers average dry locations. This is a butterfly magnet! Good drainage is needed for all agastache. Aster X frikarti "Moench" is a long blooming (June- Oct.) blue aster that reaches 24-30". Chrysanthemum leucanthemum "Becky"- Long living 30-36" Shasta Daisy. Large white daisies with yellow centers bloom in June and July over sturdy dark green foliage. Sun- Part Shade. Coreopsis vert. "Moonbeam", this 18" thread leaf type has pale yellow flowers all summer long. C. vert. "Zagreb" is another long blooming thread leaf type, this has a more compact habit(15") and clear yellow flowers. Sun. Echinacea purpurea- Coneflowers like sun and average to dry soils. "Magnus- Rose-pink form(3?). "Bright Star"- This 2-3' long lived perennial has rose-pink daisy-like flowers from July to September. Good butterfly attractor. "White Swan"- A white flowering form of "Bright Star". Hemerocallis- "Happy Returns"- 3 1/2" clear lemon yellow flowers start in mid May and repeat until September. "Pardon Me"- Wine red 2 3/4" flowers start mid-late season and rebloom on 18" scapes. One of the longest blooming daylilies. "Stella D'Oro"- 2 3/4" slightly fragrant golden yellow flowers on a 18" scape, this 16" plant blooms from early mid season on. Sun- part shade.

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