Month: June 2017
Stringy Stonecrop, Gold Moss Stonecrop, Graveyard Moss
This perennial flowering plant is native to East Asia and Southeast Asia. I like it in my garden because it is a workhorse while other things are filling in. It spreads VERY easily, but it’s shallow-rooted and easy to pull up and it does not stand a chance to escape in our native landscape. It seems to prefer sun but is fine with half a day of shade. It is very drought tolerant. you can easily control it as a border by pulling some up and breaking it off, actually if your don’t keep it in check it will cover other plants. In the winter it dies back to nothing but then emerges in early spring. USDA Zones 3 to 8.
Ajuga x ‘Chocolate Chip’
Chocolate Chip Carpet Bugle, Creeping Bugleweed
This small spreading ground cover creates a mat of bronze-tinged foliage. It blooms in the spring when small blue flowers rise above the foliage about 3″ – 4″. plant it between stepping stones , or under a bench or in the front of the perennial border. It needs something other than full sun, but can take several hours of morning or afternoon sun. It is easy to divide, but like everything else in Oklahoma, do it in spring so it can grow a full season before harsh fall and winter winds. USDA Zone 4 to 9a.
A favorite among herbaceous perennials because of the silver-gray green feathery foliage. This yarrow loves full sun in my garden. It’s my favorite Yarrow because the flower are a pale yellow and blooms on straight stalks about 18″-24″ inches tall. Yarrow forms an 18 to 24 inch wide clumps. The blooms last a long time and I deadhead the flowers all summer to promote more flowering. I also don’t hesitate to cut back the foliage to tidy up the plant. Yarrow is both drought tolerant and needs very little water to thrive. It prefers a somewhat sandy well-drained soil. I have divided it and moved it around in the spring with success. USDA Zone 3 to 8.