Posted in Erb Approved Plants, tagged calamagrostis, chanticleer, chanticleer garden, Cotinues, goldenrod, Goldenrod fireworks, Hemerocallis, little lemon, PA garden, pleasure garden, small garden perennials, solidago, Solidago litlle lemon, solidago rugosa, solidago rugosa fireworks, sun perennials, sunshine garden, wayne PA garden, yellow solidago on January 31, 2012 |
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Solidago Rugosa Finds a Home in this Perennial Bed
While browsing through my collection of garden photographs I came across this shot which showcases a well-designed perennial border. This picture was taken in October of 2011 at Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Chanticleer’s tagline is “a pleasure garden” and the grounds really do please the senses. When I look at the plants in this combination, I notice the strong flower structure of the red Salvia, with a gorgeous backdrop of Hemerocallis, fine-textured Calamagrostis (ornamental grass), Cotinus and bright yellow Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’ (Goldenrod). The Salvia and Daylilies do not fight with the Goldenrod, which in this arrangement, acts as a neutral filler. The contrast of the Goldenrod with the deep green Arborvitae in the backdrop works particularly well.
S. rugosa ‘Fireworks’ reaches approximately 3-4′ tall and blooms from September-October. Solidago prefers full sun and can tolerate moist soil. For a small garden alternative, try Solidago ‘Little Lemon’ a compact variety which grows only 8-14″ tall.
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Posted in Erb Approved Plants, tagged anti-fungal spray, Aster, aster novae-angliae, deer tolerant, fall color, goldenrod, horticultural oil, montauk daisy, new england aster, New England Fall, new england fall color, new england trees, perennial border, powdery mildew, purple aster, solidago on October 8, 2011 |
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Vibrant purple New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae)
When thinking of New England fall color, one automatically pictures majestic hues of red, orange and yellow produced by the native trees of the northeast. But that idyllic landscape overlooks the signature vibrant blooms of Aster novae-angliae. New England Asters, as they are commonly referred to, deliver a perfect pocket-sized dramatic punch of color to perennial gardens.
Asters come in a wide range of purple and pink hues, usually with yellow centers. There are many native species to choose from. With an average cultivar height of 18-30″ and natives growing up to twice as tall this is a perfect plant to help transition from late summer to early fall. Asters are hardy in USDA zones 4-8. Powdery mildews and other fungus outbreaks during the summer months can be treated with applications of horticultural oil or anti-fungal sprays.
New England Aster in a garden border
Asters are a great addition of some fall pizzazz in the mid-border of the perennial garden. They look great with other fall plantings such as Goldenrod (the gold and purple contrast is superb!), grasses, and the fall blooming Montauk Daisy. Deer generally avoid noshing on Asters but this can vary according to deer density and acquired tastes.
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