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?


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Answer from NGA
May 6, 2010

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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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