Diversify Your “Hort”-folio!

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut of sorts. Maybe it’s because of time constraints or maybe it’s because “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” We tend to gravitate toward certain plants or types of plants. Here are some ideas to help you diversify your “hort”-folio.

Maybe your garden is a-bloom with flowers of all types and colors. Did you know another way to add color and texture to your garden is with ornamental grasses? Ornamental grass can serve as an accent or as the primary focus, providing four-season color and interest.

Ornamental Grasses are easy to grow and come in both Annual and Perennial varieties. Ornamental Grasses are also heat and drought tolerant, which is especially nice in hot, dry summers like we’ve had this year.

If you are a big fan of perennials, that’s awesome. How about adding a few annuals for a touch of contrasting color? It’s not too late in the season. Annuals will typically bloom all the way through fall until frost. Plus the nice thing about Annuals is you can try new varieties and colors every year.

Supertunias are sun-lovers as well as heat tolerant. They self-clean (meaning no deadheading), are pet-friendly and attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Pictured: Supertunia Sangria Charm.

 

Maybe the thought of a long-term commitment makes you nervous, so you’ve avoided perennials. Maybe you just aren’t sure what a perennial is. A plant is considered a perennial if it’s life span is more than 2 years. Perennials come back year after year and can be a great focal point for your flowerbed.

Rudbeckia tends to have similar appearance to a daisy or a coneflower. There are several varieties, including the Black-eyed Susan. Rudbeckia blooms mid-summer through fall, does well in full sun but can handle part shade. It relatively low maintenance, drought resistant and deer resistant.