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.

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

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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.

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“Sedum spurium ‘John Creech'”  Classy Groundcovers

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According to the Historic Iris Preservation Society (HIPS), this historic tall bearded Iris cultivar ‘Mrs. Andrist’ was hybridized by Willis E. Fryer (Mantorville, Minnesota) in 1919.

 

 

 

‘Mrs. Andrist’

It is a hardy bearded rhizomatous iris that grows vigorously and is easily subdivided. It has thrived in Calgary and is a feature of many older gardens and is not sold in nurseries. Most gardeners are happy to share ‘Mrs. Andrist’ Iris as it spreads and is very easy to subdivide by separating its rhizomes. It is about 22″ in height. It prefers full sunlight. Its “fall” colour is “rich velvety purple” with an amoena pattern and a distinct white border. Its “standard” colour is “pure white” and its “beard” is a light lemony yellow. It is very fragrant. In Calgary it is often in full-blossom by mid-June when Phlox sublata Creeping phlox ‘Candytuft Pink Stripe’, creeping thyme, tall Blue Cornflower, cranesbill geranium, snow-in-summer, blue jacob’s ladder, decorative allium, veronica speedwell, Dianthus ‘Tiny Rubies’, and white clips are also in blossom. Bearded Iris is a drought-tolerant perennial with low-water needs as are Day Lilies, Echinacea, Lavender, Sedum, Gaillardia, Rudbeckia and Phlox, to name only a few. They can be planted together.

Willis established his nursery in 1898 in Mantorville, Minnesota.  In his 1922 catalogue, he claimed to have tested over 600 varieties of iris. ‘Mrs. Andris” and ‘Dr. Andris’ were two of many  cultivars that he advertised in the section ‘New Iris. ” He claimed that he had more seeds and more Iris than any other grower in the United States at that time.  In 1922 ‘Mrs. Andrist’ cost 30 cents each or 3 dollars a dozen.

There are dozens of Mrs. Andrist Iris in the Parkdale Community Garden transplanted by thirty Brookfield Residence volunteers from the lane way garden in September 2015 prior to the construction of The Henry.