Perennials forum: What's your favorite lady's mantle?

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Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
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nestof3
Sep 13, 2017 10:19 AM CST
I'm buying seeds this year and am curious to hear from those of you who've grown more than one variety.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Oct 1, 2017 11:52 AM CST
Dawn, no one's really chimed in, so thought I'd throw in my two cents. I have just the regular lady's mantle in my yard and I love it. It does tend to spread itself freely, which I've allowed some places and not in others (easy enough to pull where it gets over zealous). I also planted a miniature variety at one time and liked that as well. It was obviously much smaller than the standard one, and I don't remember that it increased itself as much as the standard one tends to do. I lost the miniature variety during a bed renovation, but would plant it again. They do like at least partial shade, the ones I've placed in more sun tend to get crispy looking by end of summer.
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Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
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nestof3
Oct 2, 2017 9:13 PM CST
Thank you! I planted one in a basket one year that looked beautiful on my deck’s shade garden. The one I planted in more sun fried, but it seeded. There’s a tiny plant hanging on. I’ve considered digging it up and putting it somewhere else. The spot it’s in is nothing but compacted soil.

The ‘thriller’ looked lovely.
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Oct 19, 2017 5:28 AM CST
Hi Dawn, I too grow the "Thriller" that I got from the wonderful Amanda and Mark Shenstone @ gracefulgardens.com at least seven years ago. Mine is grown in the sun. It is somewhat shaded by Bee Balm. Like Deb said, it takes a beating there. I plan on moving one to my north side of the house garden. All in all I am very pleased with her "Mantle" Rolling on the floor laughing
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Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Feb 12, 2018 5:18 PM CST
I've grown Alchemilla erythropoda and Alchemilla alpina. They are smaller than A. mollis and not as showy but still nice little groundcovers.
How do you all handle A. mollis after it blooms? Mine tend to look ratty the rest of the season. It doesn't recover for me like some plants that put up fresh greens again.
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Feb 13, 2018 7:24 AM CST
Loretta I just dead head the flowers, pick off the spent foliage and top dress with milorganite. I plan on moving one of my plants to the shady north side of the house to see how it performs there. Plus the added benefits of seeing it everytime I walk out the back door.
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LorettaNJ
Feb 14, 2018 11:20 AM CST
I cut it back too but I don't find it mounds up nicely again. It stays sparse.

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