EVEN-TEMPERED Perennial plants for your garden By Martin Stern The sumptuous flowers and fragrance of peonies, the majestic spires of delphiniums and the mesmerizing color and form of lilies can have us spellbound. These beauties, however, have their highs and lows in our gardens and it is advisable to support them with plants that hold their own throughout the season.
These “even-tempered” perennials are free (or mostly so) of pests and diseases, are self-supporting, need little grooming and demand average water and nutrients.
IRIS 'WHAT AGAIN?'
NEPETA 'SWEET DREAMS'
AMSONIA 'BLUE ICE"
For the sun: Iris pumila ‘Boo’ and ‘What Again’ The dwarf irises bloom early and their only care requirement is division every 5 years.
Nepeta subsessilis ‘Sweet Dreams’ Be looking for newer upright catmints thiis year!
Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose White’ Clouds of white flowers. Tidy low bush for full sun.
Amsonia hubrictii and A. ‘Blue Ice’ Always a pleasure to look at from spring to fall when the foliage turns golden yellow.
Baptisia ‘Vanilla Cream’ New cultivars offer wider color range and are more compact.
Phlox ‘Coral Creme Drop’ These newer phlox varieties are great colors and very resistant to disease.
V. SOLOMON'S SEAL
DRY 'C. CRISTATA'
And for shade: Aruncus ‘Misty Lace’ An intermediate-sized goatsbeard with soft, lacy texture.
Geranium macrorrhizum album A white-flowered form of big-root geranium. One of the best plants for dry shade.
Polygonatum falcatum variegatum Variegated solomon’s seal. A staple ground cover with arching stems and lovely fall color.