Another exciting introduction is Red Mountain® Flame Ice Plant. This rugged ice plant is very cold hardy seems to tolerate dryness a little better than many. Red Mountain® Flame blooms in late spring, covering the leaves with brilliant orange-red flowers and an evergreen mat of bright green foliage.
I’d suggest adding fragrant perennials near your patio area. Fragrant plants also tend to be deer resistant, a nice bonus. If you have full sun, I’d suggest planting Lavender angustifolia, Russian Sage or Salvia.
This is also a perfect area to plant hummingbird attracting plants such as Bee Balm, Penstemon or Hummingbird Mint (Agastache). If you have shady conditions, you should plant Columbine, as they are fragrant and appeal to hummingbirds.
Since perennials can take a number of years to fully mature, I’d suggest that you plant some summer blooming bulbs to get some quick color the first year.
My favorite late season bloomers are:
Hummingbird Mint (Agastache), perennial Sunflower (Helianthus), Aster, tall blooming Stonecrop (Sedum), Russian Sage (Perovskia), Ornamental Grasses (Panicum, Sorghastrum, Schizachyrium, Sporobolus, Bouteloua), Hummingbird Trumpet (Zauschneria) , Prairie Sage (Salvia azurea), ornamental oregano (Origanum), Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe) and Goldenrod (Solidago).
If you do need to water your lawn or garden, do so in the early morning, before the hot sun has a chance to evaporate it (being watered in midday is also stressful for plants). Getting drip irrigation hoses or soaker hoses will also help save water, and of course you can hand water your plants only when needed.
You will also save water by planting a sustainable, low-water lawn and drought resistant plants. Note: Even “waterwise” plants will need extra water to get established.
Choosing the right plant for the right spot will ensure you find success in perennial gardening. If you’re not sure about selecting plants that will blend together, we have pre-planned gardens available with a planting map, care instructions and premium plants. It’s a very easy solution for beginner gardeners.
In subsequent years, there is no need to rototill. Just feed the soil by spreading natural and organic fertilizers over the surface of the soil, scratching it in and watering so it makes good contact with the soil.
If you’re planning to plant grass plugs or rooted perennials, we recommend you till the soil, working in compost and Yum Yum Mix, our preferred organic fertilizer mix.
To prevent the weeds from germinating you can add corn gluten to the tilled soil, which will inhibit the weed seeds from sprouting. Note that this technique only works for plants. Note: Corn gluten does not discriminate between desirable and undesirable seeds and will inhibit both weed and flower seeds.
All perennials will need supplemental irrigation to get established. High Country Gardens’ perennials specify their water needs on our website, so people can easily shop for plants that require less water. See my Earth Day blog from 2014 which lists the 8 principles of Xeriscaping (Waterwise Gardening).
High Country Gardens was founded over 20 years ago, and all along we’ve encouraged sustainable gardening practices and helped people create eco-friendly garden habitats. We’ve helped to transform the aesthetic of gardening by cultivating and growing beautiful native plants, ornamental grasses and unique perennials, cacti and succulents.
Over the years have introduced numerous exclusive plant varieties that have received numerous awards. Two examples of award winning plants that our customers just rave about include Agastache Ava and Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass.
We’re also very proud to have a number of master gardeners and trained horticulturists on our customer service staff. If you have a gardening question or need plant recommendations we want people to feel free to call to get recommendations. We’re always happy to offer friendly gardening advice.
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