Plant of the month September

Plant of the Month-Columbine

IMG_2642Columbines are graceful and full of charm, they bring lacy foliage and intricate, delicate flowers to the garden.  They prefer shade to part shade but will grow in full sun provided they receive sufficient moisture. Tolerant of a wide variety of soils as long as soils are moist, but well drained.

They are airy plants with attractive foliage (clover-like when young). Their height will vary upon the particular type, but on average, they reach around 2 feet in height (taller when in full bloom). They bloom in late spring to early summer and self-seed readily if you do not deadhead them.

IMG_2647 Characteristics: Perennial that does well in shade. Will reseed if seedheads are not pruned off in late may.

Growth rate: Moderate 

Average size: 2-3' Tall and 1-2' Spread

Special Features: In warmer climates can be a semi-evergreen. Can be native to many areas in North America.

Foliage color: Bright green to gray green clover like when young.

Blooms:  In late spring early summer

Flower color: White red, yellow, blue, pink, salmon, bi-color or purple blossom.

Flower attributes: Attracts hummingbirds

Garden style: Cottage andZenner residence 3 Xeriscape.

Garden Uses: Great for shade gardens because there are very few blooming perennial that do well in shade.   Cluster around boulders or use in cut flower arrangements.  Can be used in rock gardens or border plants along walks.  Versatile, hardy and easy to grow and with several colors of blooms to choose from.  Deer resistant.

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