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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Nov 5, 2020 7:56 PM CST
Mine gets 5 to 6 hours sun and the water conditions are about the same. All 3 are nice plants, but for me the flowering time on Baptisia is very short.
(Zone 6b)
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lulubeanlee
Nov 8, 2020 9:39 AM CST
Everybody has made good suggestions so far so I won't add to them but the only thing I would recommend is purchasing ones that are native to your local area, not 'nativars'(native cultivars) because they will be perfectly adapted to your eco-region. Nativars are(arguably) not true natives because they've been cultivated for certain traits and oftentimes do not provide the same benefit to wildlife as true natives - i.e. they're kind of like a bait and switch for the wildlife that depend on them for survival, like hummingbirds and honeybees.

A good resource you can use to find native plant sources near you is Audubon's Plants for Birds database:
https://www.audubon.org/native...

Or National Wildlife Federation's Native Plant Finder:
https://www.nwf.org/nativeplan...
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
Nov 9, 2020 10:05 AM CST
I appreciate the information provided by lulubeanlee, but would add the following.

I maintain mixed herbaceous perennial beds and am always trying to maximize the amount of flower colour present throughout our whole growing season. At the same time, I never include wild/native plants which tend to seed or run out of control in the urban setting. My gardens are strong supporters of native wildlife like bees and hummingbirds; along with some other urban wildlife which is not welcome (notably rabbits).

Among the major native bee-supporting cultivars is a range of lungworts (plant of eurasian origin) in spring. In July, the culversroot cultivars (have mostly Fascination) attract more bees than any other single perennial. In Fall, our variety of aster cultivars strongly support bees. They include my favourite, the German magenta New England aster selection, Alma Pötschke. I'd say our single most bee-popular Fall aster cultivar is smooth aster Bluebird.

In fact, the single most bee-supportive garden perennials I've ever grown were purple loosestrife cultivars. Unfortunately, these had to be removed when it became clear that purple loosestrife cultivars could lose their self-sterility.
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