Last year we were looking for an interesting tall perennial that would do well in a fairly sunny and pretty wet place. We found an 4 – 5 ft tall herbaceous perennial – Swampy milkweed also known as Asclepias incarnata. The name Swampy milkweed doesn’t give this plant a very sophisticated aire but it really has some great qualities.
A few weeks ago I stopped at a garage sale and picked up this metal barrier. I was told that it was used as a barrier around a public sign at a park. At the time I wasn’t sure how I would use it or what I would do with it, but I knew it would go in the garden.
I gathered up some tiles, also picked up at a garage sale for under $2.00 and glued the tiles on the metal barrier with a very strong construction glue.
All done… I decided to use it to keep the ‘red dragon’ persicaria from falling over. I have used tomato cages to keep it from falling over before, but I like this better. The red dragon needs to grow into it a bit, but overall a successful garage sale find up cycled into useful garden art for a song.
Our ‘amber jubilee’ has been in the garden for about a year now. It’s doing great – growing with beautiful color. Happy & healthy. I was exited at finding this plant last year and adding to our collection of ninebarks. We have 6 varieties now.
Usually our ninebarks are at high risk of becoming deer food but things have changed around here. We have added an 85 lb deer repellant named Bailey to our family. He has a very menacing bark and has chased a deer out of the yard several times so far. If he sees a deer from the window – he jumps up on the glass and barks loudly. It’s great – he chases them away from in the house. Go Bailey!
This elegant little (for now) shrub gets bright light all day and only partial sun. It could probably take more sun than it gets but this is where we wanted it in the landscape.
I have written other posts about ninebarks.
‘Amber Jubilee’ – http://wp.me/p2kNeQ-mN
– aB This one discusses more about some other ninebarks focusing on Coppertina
Eskimo Sunset Sycamore Maple
Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Esk Sunset’
Our garden is at it’s best in the early to mid spring. We have been needing to add summer color and have been focusing on adding plants with foliage interest and summer bloomers.
US Plant Patent #19,609
I bought this cute little flowering perennial from Far Reaches Farm, Summer of 2013 for $10.00. I have never seen it for sale anywhere else. I planted it in partial sun in an area that takes a fair amount of abuse, by the dog chasing his ball, by bunnies, deer and elk all looking for fodder. It sat quietly all winter and sprang back to life this spring and is now in full bloom. The leaves are green and oak shaped.
The flower buds are an interesting are odd-shaped affair with a dark burgundy – black whirls with tiny white hairs where the bright pink spikes of hooded blooms will emerge. The buds add an interesting texture to this plant even before the vibrant blooms spring out.
The ‘summer daze’ originated In the United Kingdom. It’s a hybrid herbaceous perennial resulting from the cross between Prunella grandiflora and Prunellalaciniata. It will bloom in from late spring until first frost, producing dense spikes of rosy purple blooms.
CULTURE: this plant grows well in sunny or partially shady areas. It also doesn’t seen to be too fussy about watering. It hasn’t received more than anything rainwater since I planted it in summer or 2013. I gave it 1st season protection from animals, by putting a birdcage over it. I don’t know yet if the animal pests will eat it. It is said to be deer ‘resistant’ I’m always a bit skeptical about that claim because the deer and elk that travel our yard don’t seem to read the same ‘deer resistant’ plant charts that I read. ‘Summer daze’ seems pretty sturdy. It clumps neatly and would be suitable in pots or in the garden. Rows of them would be stunning in a border garden!
It is said to be hardy to a zone 4 (-30). It had no problem getting through 8 degrees last winter. It can be propagated by tip cuttings however a license is required – I don’t know how easy it is, I haven’t tried it, yet.
The color of the prunella blooms tie in beautifully with the native digitalis that volunteer in our garden.
I think this is a perennial that is definitely worth growing.