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

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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

Armeria maritima  Sea Thrift Pink

In Parkdale, Calgary the Sea Thrift is a drought-tolerant, showy, reliable, trouble-free, small, mounding ground cover and naturalizing perennial. It can grow in full sunlight and survives dry conditions even in shallow rocky soil. It can be easily divided and if left can begin to rot in the centre, particularly if it is over-watered. Mine has pink blossoms starting in June and lasting through July. The attractive mounds reach over a foot in diameter appear to almost evergreen with fresh green growth showing through the snow. Although it is listed as zone 4 to 8, mine thrives in Calgary’s zone 3.

According to the Missouri Botanical Garden “Genus name is Latinized from the old French name armoires for a cluster-headed dianthus. Specific epithet means pertaining to the sea or coastal.”

References
Armeria maritima Missouri Botanical Garden.

Incarnata Butterfly Plant

January 25, 2015


Incarnata Butterfly Plant Asclepias, Milkweed,

Bright, candy-pink flowers. Attracts many types of butterflies, but is best known for being the sole host plant of the famous Monarch Butterfly. Large clusters of flowers will bloom for many weeks and are followed by attractive green seed pods. Permanent, full sun location.

Plans for 2015

  • More Butterfly plants
  • A bushy plant to hide leggy plants like the Butterfly plant…