Sunday, June 24, 2007

Green Thumb Sunday!

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Rose Campion comes in a few different colors, and grows best in zones 4-8 with full sun. The vibrant flowers are a striking contrast to the woolly, silvery-gray foliage. We have 2 colors white and magenta-pink.

Dianthus is a perennial that grows best in zones 3-8 with mounds of blue/green foliage that is evergreen in mild climates. This variety is "Cheddar Pink". It has fragrant, fringed pink flowers with dark pink accents and a red ring around the throat. It will bloom from Spring to Autumn.


Spireas are deciduous shrubs with abundant clusters of tiny rose-like flowers. The flowers grow along the entire length of their stems in the spring, and at the tips of their branches in the summer. The small white or pink flowers have 5 petals and a spray of stamens at the center. They grow best in zones 3-8. We have 2 of these growing in the front of our house.

Lady's-Mantle carpets the ground with large cupped leaves that are silvery on the underside. It grows clusters of tiny greenish flowers that rise above the foliage. The young leaves can be tossed with salads, added to tea or used as a green dye. It was traditionally used in herbal remedies. It is hardy in zones 3-8.

Astilbe is a perennial that is ideal for moist shade gardens. The feathery plumes grow above mounds of graceful, deep green to bronze fernlike foliage and make Astilbe an ideal filler in shady borders or for use as a background accent. It is hardy in zones 3-8 and blooms from late June - August.

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Happy Gardening.


9 comments:

Jean said...

Great pics as always! Love the astilbe! Very striking!

farmingfriends said...

Your astilbe's are lovely. I can't seem to get mine to flower very well.
Sara from farmingfriends

MrBrownThumb said...

Great pics. The astilbe's are growing great. I almost bought this one for the garden this year.

Happy GTS

Susie said...

I thought I had lots of plants, but I haven't grown even one of these. Yours are lovely..
:)

Drew said...

Some great shots. I absolutely love the dragonfly on your banner.

Beth said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely photos and helpful descriptions. I have Cheddar Pink Dianthus and the color is so bold; I adore them!

Lynn said...

Great Show!
Thanks for coming by!

Mark said...

Hi Laurie and Chris, great selection and information on the plants.I had a very soggy weekend and it's more of the same today, its nice to see pictures with sun on them .

Cheers Mark

kris said...

Great photos - I have a lot of those same blooms and love them. The dianthus are so bright and cheery!