Now is the time to start getting serious about creating a palate of color in the garden. Most people are opting for their standard tulips, gladiolas, etc... But there are those few that cry out to be different… To be the one that others look to and say, "I don't know where you find these plants". Have you planned out a unique native wildflower garden yet? Not only are native wildflowers easier on the environment by needing less adaptable conditions, but they are easier on you by providing all the beauty with less of the work.
Get to know these five profiled blooms that will satisfy your taste for the unique. All the flowers below are picked to grow together well and will create a nice mix of height and texture.
Aster cordifolius (Blue Wood Aster)
This perennial blooms from late summer to mid fall and prefers full sun or partial shade. Reaching a height of 1-5 feet and a spread of 6-12 inches, depending on garden conditions, it's a nice midrange bloom for this sky garden. This aster is drought tolerant once established, perfect for our traditional feast or famine rain showers here in the south. To propagate, divide in spring or autumn.
Sisyrinchium angustifolium (Eastern Blue-eyed Grass)
This easy growing perennial will bloom starting mid-spring. It prefers to be sited in full sun or partial shade. When fully developed, Sisyrinchium angustifolium will be 5-15 inches high and spread 6-12 inches. Wonderful in use of rock gardens, you may divide this through seeds and division.
Iris cristata (Dwarf Crested Iris)
A mid to late Spring blooming perennial, that prefers partial shade. Reaching maturity at only 3-8 inches, this petite yet powerfully beautiful bloom is a perfect enhancement to the front of your garden plot. This dwarf iris has a spread of 2-6 inches. To propagate this iris, divide the rhizome in fall.
Houstonia caerulea (Bluets)
This delicate perennial blooms from mid to late Spring and prefers full sun or partial shade. A four petal flower that only reaches 3-6 inches in height. A wonderful addition to naturalize in your lawn, just don't mow it till the seed sets in early summer. Easily transplanted to other areas of your garden, you may also propagate this flower thru division.
Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebells)
A member of the forget-me-not family, this mid to late spring blooming perennial prefers full sun to partial shade. At maturity, expect these to reach between 1-2 feet in height and spread 12-18 inches. A beautiful cluster of bell like blooms gives the Mertensia virginica its common name. This is a simple one to propagate by seeds, and sometimes through division in fall