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15 Easy Perennials for Dry Soil

Perennials for dry soil with Sensible Gardening

Many gardeners are facing water restrictions and with that we must re-think our gardens a bit. Even if you are not on restrictions, many of us are simply choosing to conserve and use less water in our landscapes. The following easy perennials for dry soil will help you in your search for ways to save water in your garden. It’s…

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How to Grow Perennial Poppies

How to grow Perennial Poppies with Sensible Gardening and Living

Probably one of my favorite flowers, poppies are amazing. In particular I love Oriental poppies. They stand tall with huge, papery flowers high above coarse, hairy foliage. With a black mound of stamens in the center and a black mark at the base of each petal, they make a bold statement. You can use poppies in mixed borders or in…

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Snow-in-Summer

Snow in Summer growing at Sensible Gardening and Living

No not really, but when Ceerastium tomentosum is blooming it almost looks like that. It definitely lives up to its name. From late spring to early summer this plant is covered with pretty, white flowers and makes for a beautiful ground cover. Snow-in summer only gets about 6 inches tall creating mounds of soft, woolly, silver foliage. It will also…

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Nepeta faassenii ‘Dropmore Blue’

Nepeta growing at Sensible Gardening and Living

Nepeta is a genus of many species of mostly perennials.  Ornamental Nepeta is often called catmint but should not be confused with the catmint that cats adore. The drug of choice for cats is Nepeta cataria (catnip). Looking similar but it is larger and more loosely formed with white flowers that have purple spots. The Nepeta I like to grow…

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Iris Germanica

Iris Batik growing at Sensible Gardening and Living

Probably better know as German Iris or Tall Bearded Iris. A great garden plant that is easy care and reliable. These Iris grow from around 2 feet up to 4 feet tall. Blooming in late spring they put on a spectacular show in a rainbow of colors and combinations. Iris ‘Batik’ Iris ‘Rock Star’   Pros: multiple color choices, hardy,…

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Dwarf German Iris

Dwarf Iris are Short and Stunning with Sensible Gardening.

The first iris to open are always the dwarf varieties. Low to the ground they are excellent for rock gardens, scree beds and borders. Such undemanding plants, cold hardy, drought tolerant and deer resistant. Perfect for my conditions. If you like to collect plants you can certainly have a fun time with iris. There are so many different cultivars to…

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Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)

Candy Tuft growing at Sensible Gardening and Living

GARDEN BLOGGERS BLOOM DAY Probably one of the most popular low growing perennials. Clear, bright white flowers completely cover the narrow leaves in the spring. The evergreen foliage stays looking good all season after the flowers have finished. It forms low clumps about 6 inches high and makes an excellent edger. When in full bloom it is really spectacular and…

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Pulsatilla (Pasque Flower)

Bee in Pulsatilla at Sensible Gardening and Living

One of my favorite spring flowers is the pasque flower, sometimes called Prairie Crocus by northern gardeners. I love everything about this plant, the open faced blooms, soft fuzzy fern-like foliage and silky seed heads. You can also view this post as a VIDEO: Sensible Gardening You Tube Channel Pulsatilla is easy to grow in average soil with good drainage, it even…

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