Landscape designer, Alison Monaghan—fictional heroine of Carolina Reckoning—lists her favorite perennials for the old-fashioned Southern garden.
Silver Mound Artemisia—Aremisia schmidtiana—Zone 3-6
Full sun, poor soil. Lacy mound contrast with rest of perennials, especially white/blue combinations.
Astilbe—Astilbe arendsii—Zone 4-9
Summer blooming, ethereal plumes. Light shade. Colors galore.
Blue false indigo—Baptisia australis—Zone 3-9
Full sun to part shade, early summer. Old fashioned appropriate for informal or formal garden.
Bleeding heart—Dicentra spectabilis—Zone 2-9
Mid spring, heart-shaped pink and white flowers dangle from arching stems. Part shade. Blue green foliage. Love, love, love it.
Gas plant—Dictamnus albus—Zone 3-8
Little known old-fashioned specimen, extremely long lived. Full sun. Never disturb once plant in location. Lemon scented foliage.
Obedient Plant—Physotegia virginiana—Zone 2-9
Late summer blooming. So named because bent stems remain “obedient” to that direction. Alison says Claire might could learn something from this plant. I’m not repeating what Claire said in response to that. Great in informal setting.
Balloon Flower—Platycodon grandiflorus—Zone 3-8
Summer blooms, light shade in South, interesting “balloon shaped” buds. Children find it interesting as do most other gardener types like Alison.
Black-eyed Susan—Goldsturm rudbeckia—Zone 3-9
Full sun. Easy care. Southern nickname, a black-eyed or brown-eyed Susan for someone like Alison. Brown eyes with blond hair.
What’s your favorite perennial?
For more plant recommendations and photos, see http://pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/carolina-reckoning/.