Limonium latifolium Sea Lavender

Limonium latifolium Sea lavender produces tiny blue flowers. In Zone 2 it blossoms from June to August but I think it blossoms later in Calgary’s Zone 3.

I planted this in 2008 or 2009 and it never ceases to bring pleasure. It blossoms later in the season and since the blossoms retain their colour when they die, either as cut flowers on or the plant, they bring a soft lavender haze into October and November in Calgary. The plant grows to a height of 30 inches. It is very hardy perennial for up to Zone 3 and produces numerous multi-branched flower heads with tiny blossoms. They like well-drained soil and a sunny location.

This plant reminds me of the native perennial Limonium carolinianum sea lavender on Prince Edward Island. Every cottage had a vase of the dried flowers.


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.


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

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.


“Sedum spurium ‘John Creech'”  Classy Groundcovers

Sisyrinchium campestre Blue-eyed-grass

Sisyrinchium angustifolium

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Blue-eyed-grass Sisyrinchium angustifolium is “not really a grass, these are close cousins to the more familiar garden Iris” according to Heritage Perennials. I think I purchased mine years ago from wildaboutflowers. Each year they seem to appear in a different part of the garden and I only get a few visible flowers.

According to Wikipedia Sisyrinchium angustifolium, is commonly known as narrow-leaf blue-eyed-grass, is a herbaceous perennial growing from rhizomes, native to moist meadow and open woodland.”

Prairie Moon Nursery described it as a “spring-blooming wildflower that is related to the iris and sports pale lavender blossoms and grass-like leaves that overlap in iris-like fans. This low-growing (6″) sun-lover will tolerate some shade but prefers well-drained soils. It forms clumps and will self-seed in optimal conditions. This species may be difficult and/or slow to germinate and grow to maturity.”

The delicate web on the flowers is from my cottonwood poplar tree that “snows” under the garden in June, blanketing it balls of cotton fluff that fill the air and are carried everywhere. I filled the wheelbarrow with the “warm snow”, the catkins, yesterday and the garden is covered again today. The wind in the poplar is poetry to my ears evoking the best of childhood memories. I could do without the cottonwood’s warm snow in summer…


Sisyrinchium campestre Blue-eyed-grass” Prairie Moon Nursery

Sisyrinchium angustifoliumWikipedia

Heritage Perennials