Gardening log week of May 15

Another week of putting things in the ground before all the rain that’s coming our way.

Gardenia “Frostproof” from the Camellia Forest Nursery, planted against the house near the back porch. I removed a Chinese privet first.

  • Prolific “must have” bloomer,very,very fragrant, upright in form with beautiful green foliage
  • Grows to about 3’ tall
  • Hardy zone 7-11

Penstemon digitalis, Beardtongue, seedlings in two sections in the prairie, each about 10 plants:

Penstemon digitalis, Beardstongue
Penstemon digitalis, Beardstongue
  • Family: Plantaginaceae
  • Zone: 3 to 8
  • Height: 3.00 to 5.00 feet, Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
  • Bloom Time: April to June
  • Sun: Full sun
  • Water: Dry to medium
  • Suggested Use: Naturalize, Rain Garden
  • Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil, Dry Soil
  • Grow in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Avoid wet, poorly drained soils.
  • Penstemon digitalis is a clump-forming, Missouri-native perennial which typically grows 3-5′ tall and occurs in prairies, fields, wood margins, open woods and along railroad tracks. Features white, two-lipped, tubular flowers (to 1.25″ long) borne in panicles atop erect, rigid stems. Flowers bloom mid-spring to early summer. Basal leaves are elliptic and stem leaves are lance-shaped to oblong.

Euthamia graminifolia (formerly Solidago graminifolia), Grass-leaved Goldenrod, planted near the gate in an area where I’m fighting Asian honeysuckle and wintercreeper:

Euthamia graminifolia, Grass-leaved goldenrod
Euthamia graminifolia, Grass-leaved goldenrod
  • Grass-leaved Goldenrod is a rhizomatous, sometimes aggressive species and therefore may not be suitable for small landscape plantings. It will grow in dry to somewhat wet soils although it prefers full sun.
  • Sun Exposure: Full, Partial
  • Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry
  • Height: 4 feet
  • Bloom Time: July, August, September
  • Bloom Color: Yellow

A single quart pot of Monarda didyma, scarlet beebalm, set in the prairie.

Monarda didyma, scarlet beebalm

  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Zone: 4 to 9
  • Height: 2.00 to 4.00 feet, Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
  • Bloom Time: July to August
  • Bloom Description: Red
  • Sun: Full sun to part shade
  • Water: Medium to wet
  • Suggested Use: Herb, Naturalize, Rain Garden
  • Attracts: Hummingbirds, Butterflies
  • Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Clay Soil, Wet Soil, Black Walnut
  • Best grown in rich, medium to wet, moisture-retentive soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers rich, humusy soils in full sun, although some afternoon shade is appreciated in hot summer climates. Soil should not be allowed to dry out. Deadhead flowers to prolong summer bloom. Divide clumps every 3-4 years to prevent overcrowding and to control spread of the plant. Provide plants with good air circulation to help combat fungal leaf diseases (see Problems section below). Deadhead flowers immediately after bloom to prevent self-seeding. Spreads by rhizomes and self-seeding to form colonies.
  • Monarda didyma, known by a number of different common names including bee balm, Oswego tea and bergamot, is native to eastern North America where it typically occurs in bottomlands, thickets, moist woods and along streambanks from Maine to Minnesota south to Missouri and Georgia. Flowerheads bloom atop 2-4’ tall square stems clad with opposite, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, medium to deep green leaves (3-6” long) with serrate margins. Long summer bloom extends for about 8 weeks from early/mid-summer to late summer.

I also potted up a bunch of common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, some dwarf tomatoes from the Tomatoman, and a few other seedlings.

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