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Checkers little garden plants - Successes, failures, pitfalls, and problems.

Monday, December 18, 2010

Groundcovers - Part I: Wildflowers and Winter Flowers

Groundcovers are perennials that work as great groundcover plants all winter, during the cold months. I’ve been showing you my best success with groundcovers this winter. For example, in the past couple of weeks I’ve been posting results with ‘Lime and Vanilla’ (an unknown groundcover) and my most successful winter perennial is ‘Aztec Gem’ (Columbine) which does wonderfully all winter, even in full sun. That’s the advantage of wildflowers, and that’s a special feature of perennials. These cool, frosty days are calling out for a perennial that will really show off in this weather, a big colorful show, not just a nice green and lush look, but a show-off groundcover, too.

Show-off groundcovers, wildflowers, and frosty, cold days

To top off my series of groundcover posts, here are some great, wildflowery groundcovers that I’ve tried and shown great success with. I do love winter flowers. Some will take 2-3 years to show full, fantastic colors, while others are just on the wall and make their big statement from spring to fall. Winter flowering is the best reason for planting wildflowers.

In order of decreasing success with them, here’s a list of my favorite wildflower groundcovers for winter. I won’t mention them all because I know I will have to show you results in the coming weeks and months.

Winter wildflowers, too. Most of my groundcovers make their best show starting in mid-November, when the weather gets a bit cold.

You could do a "WILDFLOWER SHOWING-OFF" groundcover, wildflower, groundcover or shrub. Choose the kind of plant you like best, the kind that can grow in a little bit of shade and sun. Then, plan your winter garden for the best showing year after year. All the plans shown here were done at my garden each November. There's so many choices out there. This first list is just to give you ideas to think about.

I didn’t notice any frost-induced yellowing last year, but I heard that a friend had a similar plant, so this is how I’ll remember it. I expect this one to bloom next year, too. There was a flower last year, too.

I cut all the stalks back about a month ago, but you can see that it came through and now the plants look as big as ever.

'Wild Daisy' is a great cool, autumn show-off wildflower. I remember reading once, as a child, how someone said if you find a dandelion in the fall, wait for spring, then touch it, and watch the bud come out. When it does, that’s the one you want to keep. It will be much easier to keep this one than to find it in the spring.

This plant has almost no problem in any direction in the south garden. In the north garden it has to be tucked under taller plants. In all cases, when it begins to bloom, it’s on the border between the lawn and groundcovers.

This little wildflower is native to the mountains of Virginia and Tennessee. In my cool, wet and shade garden it gets a bit of sun when the temps drop. A few of the stalks had yellow flowers last year and I didn’t know it was for the new spring season.

This one has yellow flowers, too, and it grows like a weed, just waiting for spring. I keep waiting, it doesn’t bloom this year either.

Many of you have given me permission to start planting 'Shasta Daisy' and I can tell you I do love it. It looks just like a darling little clump of color that wouldn’t let me walk past it. It can be found in clumps as large as a small shrub and the seed is large, the size of a blueberry. In my garden it grows right along the border, not too close to my rhododendrons, but just along that edge. Every year I’m tempted to pick some. There is no growing more and no weeding for it. It just keeps growing. If you've got a spot for it, plant it.

I love this groundcover. I love how it gets greener and greener as it gets more mature. It was a great groundcover plant in early spring and is still a great cool, winter scene. It also spreads a little bit if it gets too close to other plants. The seed is small, the color is always green, and it does well in any part of the garden.

I love this color. I picked up the name “Willow-leaf Indigo” from an old seed catalog when I was a child and I thought it was just such a wonderful, bright color. I saw a plant in a garden and thought the yellow was so bright, that I thought the name “Yellow Meadow Indigo” was wrong. The plant was just plain Indigo. I thought a plant name was just that, a name. I never thought to read the name again, but when I did, I found out I was right. This is the right name for this plant and it’s such a delightful plant. It has a tall stalk and the leaves come in all sorts of colors, from red and yellow, to white, dark green and purple.

This plant has wide leaves, and I think it’s really a happy, happy thing to see them, to look at them. Many of the flowers are white and fall in September. I know what you’re thinking. I know, but I am a do-it-yourself gardener and I just like doing things like I used to


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