Homestead is selling more native perennials than ever - check out these new ones. For your convenience, they're gathered together in special designated locations within our Perennials Department.
Green and Gold
(Chrysogonum virginiana for the Latin-inclined)
This is a great groundcover for shade, mat-forming with long-lasting gold flowers. Plus, it's decidedly trouble-free. You see here the variety ‘Pierre’, with Acuba.
- Prefers partial shade and can survive full shade, with fewer blooms. In full sun, requires more moisture-retentive soil and extra watering.
- Flowers from mid-spring to late summer or early fall, depending on temperatures.
- Grows to 6″ wide, about 1′ wide.
- Hardy in Zones 5-9.
- Remove dead flowers to prevent seeding and to encourage possible reblooms.
- OR, if you want it to spread, leave those dead blooms where they are and watch the plant fill in a large area.
- If leaves turn crispy or show signs of mildew, cut them off to the base of the plant.
- Quite drought-tolerant, especially for a plant that tolerates wet conditions, as this one does.
- Divide in early spring, if desired to help it spread or give some away.
In the large family of the succulent Sedums, this is the rare one that's native to our region.
- Unlike most Sedums, S. ternatum tolerates shade. In fact, it prefers sites like its native shady woodlands. It also tolerates full sun, however.
- A true groundcover, it grows to just 3-6 inches tall and 6-9 inches of spread.
- It sports white, start-shaped blooms in the spring.
- Hardy to Zones 4-8.
- It attracts butterflies.
- Very low-maintenance plant that's untroubled by serious pests or diseases.
- It's drought-tolerant, especially after it's established during its first season. Yet, it also tolerates more moist soils than most Sedums do.
- It spreads slowly by creeping stems but unwanted growth is easy to remove by hand.
Blue-Eyed Grass 'Lucerne' (Sisyrinchium)
Gorgeous, underused ornamental grass for edging or accent. It's not only native to the Eastern U.S. but was cited by Thoreau as his favorite plant! Its long-lived flowers are true blue.
- Grows to 8-10 inches tall and wide
- Blue blooms appear in late spring into summer
- Happy in full sun or part shade
- Hardy in Zones 5-9
- Foliage stays fresh and blue-green until frost, in mild wonders even longer (it's listed as "semi-evergreen").
- This grass is drought-tolerant after the first season in the garden.
- And because it's pest- resistant (even to deer!) and disease-resistant, it's a remarkably low-maintenance plant.
More Native Perennials!
Click here for photos and full details about Turtlehead, Coreopsis, Spiderwort and Baptisia.
Click here for photos and full details about Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susans), Goldenrod, Heleopsis and Liatris (Blazing Star)
And still more native perennials coming to this blog next week.