a reply to: Iwinder
I guess that's why I didn't see any Impatients at our local greenhouse thus far. I was looking for some Double Impatients to fill in some spaces
here and there... the Double Impatients is a gorgeous flower, twice the amount of flowers that grow to twice the size.
We just finished planting a whole bunch of perennials on Monday, I'm tired of spending a fortune on annuals only to enjoy them for the few warm
months we have in Manitoba.
But we bought some beautiful perennial shrubs to make up for it:
Rose Glow Japanese Barberry
- gorgeous burgandy coloured bush that grows to about 5ft by 5ft with tiny fuschia flowers from spring to mid
Sugar Plum Fairy Lilac
- will grow to about 5ft by 5ft, the flowers are a very pale pinkish purple... and who can't resist the beautiful
fragance of a lilac bush wafting all around the yard ?
- I picked these because they were bred specifically for zone 3 (the zone I live in), whereas most hydrangeas are for
zone 4 and thus it's iffy whether or not they can survive in zone 3, sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. What's cool about these plants is
that the flower balls grow to almost the size of basketballs... they're huge ! It'll be interesting to see how these ones turn out.
Mango Tango Potentilla
- a great 'fill in' shrub that grows to only 2ft by 2ft, so it's perfect for the raised flower bed that borders all
around our back deck - this way you can still see over the plants when you're sitting at the patio table. Beautiful orangey yellow flowers that are
in bloom from early spring right through to mid fall. The shape of these are a perfect compliment to the dwarf globe cedars I planted a couple of
years ago in the same flower bed.
- We have a couple of raspberry bushes in our yard, but I wanted to add a variety of berries to mix with the raspberries we
get every year for jams, pies, etc. Big juicy blackberries, yum !
- Another fruit plant that requires literally no maintenance and comes back every year and it's super hardy for the zone we live in.
Raspberry/rhubarb pie !
With everything being perennials, I'm not worried if we still get some cool nights before summer fully kicks in (we actually got 2 inches of snow
over the long weekend before we planted everything)... this way all I have to do is plant a few annuals here and there to fill in the empty spaces.
Huge money savings for us this year.