UNUSUAL BLOOMS FOR YOUR SUMMER GARDEN
There is stunning detail on each pincushion like bloom of this Astrantia plant. It is long blooming and an ever favorite for floral arrangements and delightfully so— picking more flowers results in even more blooms. Many people liken the blooms physical characteristics to a star or firework; the leaves resemble parsley or carrots, not surprisingly so as Astrantia are in the same family as carrots. Plant this in early summer with part shade and near a patio or walkway where you can enjoy the intricate detail. A great perennial for sun-dappled areas below open trees, a cottage garden favorite. Part Shade.
A perfect border plant which looks heavenly when massed. A recipient of the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticulture Society. Performs best in part shade, yet tolerates some sun if shaded during the hottest parts of the day. This upright, somewhat bushy perennial features reddish stems carrying small leaves and clusters of starry, dainty flowers. Standout white flowers for shade, bringing an ethereal quality to the garden. Part Shade.
The cranesbill is a clump forming perennial which produces upward facing pale lilac flowers with a creamy white center. Otherwise known as wild geranium, this perennial is a perfect addition to rock gardens, borders and blooms for about 6-7 weeks in early summer. The native wildflower brings beauty to any landscape. This hardy plant is reliable and very easy to grow. Enjoys full sun or part share and is a bee and butterfly super attractor— with its petals in darker colored ones acting as nectar guides for pollinating. It’s deer and rabbit resistant and perfect for beds and borders and quite effective ground cover. Full Sun, Part Shade.
This low mounded perennial plant is sure to add a burst of colorful foliage to the garden. From spring to fall its leaves offer a display of color changing, adding visual interest and fun to sunny or partially shaded beds and borders. In late spring, early summer, button like cluster of flowers surround larger bright gold bracts. It begins green and quickly turns to a rich maroon red in the summer, thus receiving the apropos name bonfire. Cut it back in late summer, water weekly, and divide plants every few years. Full sun.