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

Sedum kamtschaticum var. floriferum cv. ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’

(Orange Stonecrop, Kamschatka Stonecrop, Live Forever, Russian Stonecrop)

Sedum floriferum4webSedum floriferum ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’

A robust naturalizer in Parkdale YYC.

I purchased this plant at greengate Garden Centre in Calgary in the fall of 2011 along with a number of perennials that were on sale in late September. This garden bed called September surprise has been consistently productive in every season.

On their website Green Gate Farms in the US describes it as,

“‘Weihenstephaner Gold’ Sedum is among the most popular groundcover sedums with its covering of tiny canary yellow star-shaped flower clusters in late spring. ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’ is a low-growing stonecrop that spreads by trailing stems to form an attractive ground cover. Flowers appear on reddish stems rising above the thick, triangular, succulent green leaves sharply toothed near the ends. The leaves turn purple in fall and into winter. The clusters of star-shaped, yellow-tinted, bronze-orange flowers are very attractive to butterflies and bees. An excellent selection for difficult sites such as banks and rocky areas.”

They also recommend that “Stonecrop be planted in “average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Needs good soil drainage to perform well. Avoid over-watering. Drought tolerant. Tip cuttings from plants may be rooted directly in soil around the plants.”

Height: 3-6 Inches, Spread: 12-18 Inches, Zone 3 – 9;

Exposure

• Sun

Soil Moisture Preference

• Dry
• Average

Attracts Wildlife

• Butterflies

Critter Resistance

• Deer Resistant
• Rabbit Resistant

Season of Interest (Flowering)

• Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

• Summer
• Fall
• Winter

Growth Habit

• Spreading

Height

• 4-8 Inches

Attributes

• Container
• Mass Planting
• Edging
• Rock Garden
• Evergreen
• Drought Tolerant
• Ground Cover
• Border or Bed
• Great Foliage
Foliage Color
• Green