Perennials are plants that survive frost, dying down each autumn and coming up again the following Spring. Most of the perennials I grow tend to not need to much fussing apart from some dead-heading in Summer and early Autumn to get repeat flowering. Let the foliage stay in Winter for small bugs like ladybirds, to hibernate in them. Plus often the frost looks beautiful and very architectural! Early Spring is when you remove the old foliage in readiness for the new growth coming through.
Unless otherwise stated, all plants I grow have a hardiness rating of H5 for the UK, and USDA zones 7 & 8 in the US. That is, survive down to -15 degrees Celsius.
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For my first #DailyPerennial I give you
which is also known as ‘Glory of the Snow’.
It’s a fabulous Spring blue, though it’s only 10 cm tall. It looks good at the front of a border, in containers or under deciduous trees. You can also naturalise them in grass, and they will happily self-seed. You can also get pale pink and white Chionodoxa.
In these pictures you will notice a little black beetle on them. This is a pollen beetle. It doesn’t cause any damage to the flowers, and in fact it an important pollinator for Oilseed Rape. Just remember to give any flowers you cut to bring inside, a good shake outside first to dislodge any of these beetles so you don’t end up with them in your house!
#DailyPerennial, Tulipa turkestanica (long post)
This #DailyPerennial is Tulipa turkestanica, also known as a 'species tulip'.
Species tulips are those that haven't been hybridized, and are the species from where original tulips descend. The Turkestanica species come from either Turkey or Turkestan - my research came up with both for it's origin. It's a dwarf tulip, only coming to 30cms high.
It can have up to 12 star-shaped flowers per stem, quite a lot for a dwarf tulip! It likes full sun and because it's small, should be placed at the front of a border. It grows happily in pots, and in heavy clay soil if you add some grit/sand when you plant the bulbs.
Like all bulbs, let the foliage die back naturally. This is the time that it captures and stores the nutrients and energy back into the bulb for next years flowering.
#DailyPerennial, Fritillaria Persica (long post)
A plant from probably my favourite Genus today for #DailyPerennial - Fritillaria persica. This is also known as the Persian Lily.
These can grow up to 1.2 metres high. Mine about about 90cms, but it's their first year growing. They need a sunny spot and well-drained soil.
You plant most bulbs at twice their depth, but for F. persica, you plant then 4 times their depth. The bulbs themselves are c. 10cms wide and tall.
I think they are very beautiful, and are a dramatic addition to a border.
I thought I'd collate each weeks #DailyPerennial posts into one blogpost, as it's easier to refer back to them this way, instead of trying to find old toots.
Thu 28th March to Sun 31st March http://www.gwenfarsgarden.info/2019/03/daily-perennials-thu-28th-march-to-sun.html
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