Sedum sarmentosum

6 String sedum June 6

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’

5 choc chip june 8

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.


Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’

3 agastash almost blooming may 30

Licorice Mint Hyssop, Sunset Hyssop

Get this. A perennial that has a fine texture in both flower and foliage. All summer hummingbird appreciate its nectar-rich flowers and for that reason I cut if back by about a 5th every few weeks to keep the blooms coming. Very drought tolerant, it loves a hot, sunny spots in well-drained soil. Place it in the middle or the back of a perennial bed as it get a little over 3′ high and about 3′ wide. As usual, because it is such a solid performer, I suggest buying 4-6 in a smaller size and planting them in a group 3′ on center. USDA Zones 5 to 7.

Heliotropium amplexicaule

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Hardy Heliotrope

AGAIN!! A repeat already and you will see it again on a moving day post. This is a great plant for Oklahoma gardens!  I got mine three years ago at Bustani Plant Farm and have never seen it any other place.  It blooms and blooms, and loves heat and drought.  I keep cutting it back all summer to keep it blooming in a space about 3′ x 3′.  It has self seeded a bit, and I have transplanted it with success but it’s not that easy to dig up as it seems to have only one tap root. This plant both resprouts from the roots in my garden and self seeds, both of which I encourage as the bees and butterflies find it attractive. USDA Zones 7 to 9.