Favourite and least favourite perennials

With all the gardens I visit in a season with my BUSINESS I am bound to have my favorite and least favorite perennials.  I always choose to plant the favourite and avoid the least favourite perennials.

Spiderwort, AKA tradescantia or widow’s tears are my least favorite this year.  They spread like crazy throughout gardens, flop onto other plants and turn slimy as soon as the weather gets cool.  One good thing about them is their pretty purple color.  The fact that they rebloom if cut back after the first bloom is a bonus too.

My favourite perennials this season have been coneflowers, especially the newer colors available.  Due to the cool summer we experienced, the coneflowers have been blooming pretty much all summer.  I have peachy orange, red and a few shades of pink coneflowers that are still stunning in my gardens.

 

 

I am still in love with all of the ornamental grasses and there seem to be more beautiful varieties every year.  Blue oat grass is my favourite this year in my zone 4 to 5 gardens because I love its steel blue coloring. The fact that it is much hardier, larger and sturdier than the blue fescue I have tried previously works too…

favourite perennials
blue oat grass

What are your favourite and least favourite perennials of the season?  Please let me know in the comment section below.

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In bloom this third week of August in my zone 4 to 5 Ottawa gardens

There is not much new in bloom in my zone 4 to 5 Ottawa gardens this third week of August.   A new orange color of coneflower, pink garden phlox and a fresh flush of roses prevail…

 

 

 

The pink and red coneflowers are still quite striking. They were a little beat down by the storm we had just before I took their picture.  The yellow pom poms of the false sunflowers are still brightening up the back of a bed…

 

 

This week in my clients’ gardens I took some pictures of some awesome containers of annuals.  Annuals are always great this time of year to fill in with their pops of color.  The shades of purple in the last ones really caught my eye…

 

 

 

Favourite perennials and annuals this summer

Even though our summer was hot and sunny with very little rain, most of the perennials and annuals in my and my clients’ gardens were beautiful here in zone 5.  Here are a few of my favourites…

 

Although we are currently well into September, many of these continue to bloom.  The peach colored shrub rose, for example, has been blooming all summer in a pot on my back deck with lots of buds, promising even more blooms