List of featured perennials by date

Gentiana calycosa Pleated gentian

This plant requires a moist, cool soil in part shade. In Parkdale YYC it begins to bloom in mid-July. The striking deep, intense blue colouring makes it conspicuous and it all “All parts of this plant…are poisonous if ingested.”*

Gentians are among the loveliest of mountain wildflowers and are rock-garden favorites. The genus honors King Gentius of Illyria, ruler of an ancient country on the east side of the Adriatic Sea, who is reputed to have discovered medicinal virtues in gentian plants.” (LBJWC)

References

*Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (LBJWC) The University of Texas at Austin.

Plants that attract butterflies

G2017_07_23-012This is a Fritillary Butterfly showing the underside of its wing on a Joe Pye Weed flower on July 23, 2017 in a Parkdale YYC garden.

Lysimachia nummularia “Aurea” Creeping Jenny

Creeping Jenny

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The City of Calgary recommends Lysimachia nummularia “Aurea” Creeping Jenny as one of its Yardsmart perennials. “This is an excellent spreading groundcover for shady spots and trails nicely over rocks or walls with yellow flowers in midsummer. It does best in partial shade but will tolerate sun and shade as well. It is good for moist locations and a good plant to take advantage of rainwater runoff. It does spread but can be easily picked back by pulling stems out. Helps attract bees to the yard.

References

The City of Calgary recommends Lysimachia nummularia “Aurea” Creeping Jenny as one of its Yardsmart perennials.

Eupatorium maculatum Joe Pyeweed, Spotted Joe-Pye Weed

Eupatorium maculatum Joe Pye weed,

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Eupatorium maculatum Joe Pyeweed, Spotted Joe-Pye Weed is a low maintenance prairie native that grows rapidly to 8′ high by 4′ wide. It has an extensive root system so it is drought tolerant. It is covered with large quantities of pink flowers by the third week in July in Calgary. It prefers moist soils. Mine is planted at the back of garden bed beside a large explorer pink rose that also has height.

References

Joe Pye WeedBetter Homes and Gardens

Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’

Phedimus spurius, Two-row Stonecrop, Live Forever.

John Creech stonecrop

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By July this stonecrop is flowering in Calgary. It is a robust low matting naturalizer and ground cover in Calgary. It prefers full sun and can survive poor soil and hot sun. It can be identified when it is not flowering by its rounded green leaves. It is great for edging garden beds as it will survive light foot traffic and can be cut back easily even with a lawn mower. It can be easily shared by planting pieces even without roots in April or May.

References

“Sedum spurium ‘John Creech'”  Classy Groundcovers

Butterflies and bees

July 18, 2017

Plants that attract butterflies and bees

 

This Great Spangled Fritillary Speyeria cybele visited the garden on July 18. At first glance I thought it was a Monarch but when I got closer I could see that it was smaller and its markings are quite different. Apparently its larvae feed on native violets (Viola) and the eggs are laid nearby. I planted wild blue and white violets in the garden several years ago. It was on the sweet oregano plant which is in bloom by mid-July. There are lots of bees of all kinds in the garden these days as well.

AA1_Painted_Lady_Butterfly-011 This is a Painted Butterfly on Creeping Thyme ‘Pink Chintz’ on June 14, 2017.

References

New Jersey Butterflies