Trudy’s Tried and True

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Trudy’s Tried and True are plants that I’ve grown and watch perform in my own and area gardens for many years.These are dependable, long-blooming, low maintenance super stars.

Plumbago Ceratostigma or Plumbago or Leadwort
An excellent groundcover with loads of late summer interest. Green summer foliage changes slowly matures to brilliant bronzy-red foliage by fall. Brilliant true blue flowers begin in late summer until the first hard frost.
 Coreopsis Sienna Sunset Coreopsis ‘Sienna Sunset’
Rich sienna colored flowers that lighten to pink atop fine ferny foliage. blooms all summer if occasionally trimmed back. Deer resistant. Full sun.
 Dianthus 'Shooting Star' Dianthus or Pinks ‘Shooting Star’
Attractive blue-green foliage , a compact mounding habit and flowers that bloom all summer and well into fall. Spicy clove scented magenta flowers. Sunny sites, good drainage, 6-7 inches tall.
 Coneflower Pow Wow Wildberry Echinacea or Coneflower ‘Pow Wow Wildberry’
Pow Wow Wildberry is the new standard in purple coneflower. Much improved over the popular but old-fashion Magnus. Pow Wow is smothered with bright pink-purple daisy flowers all summer. It is compact, well-branched, has clean foliage and stands 18-24 inches tall.
 Wand Flower 'Crimson Butterflies' Gaura or Wandflower ‘Crimson Butterflies’
A real hummingbird magnet with loads of hot pink flowers held on bright red stems. Blooms all summer. Easy to grow and great in a patio pot. Nicknamed wand flower because flowers are held upon wispy wands that dance in the breeze. Sun and good drainage.
 Gaillardia 'Mesa Yellow' Gaillardia ‘Mesa Yellow’
The Mesa series exhibits improved vigor, uniform compact plants with strong  upright habit. Mesa Yellow has 2-3 inch non-fading bright yellow blossoms all summer.
 Daylily Going-Bananas Hemerocallis or Daylily ‘Going Bananas’
An improved ‘Happy Returns’ with larger lemon-yellow flowers and nearly continuous bloom  until early fall. Each stalk can have 10-15 blooms! 18-22 inches tall.
 Hosta 'June' Hosta ‘June’
An oldie but a goodie. Wide blue green margins with chartreuse centers in spring. The centers fade to gold in summer.Lavender flowers.15 inches.
 Coral Bells Georgia Peach Heuchera or Coral Bells ‘Georgia Peach’
Glowing peach colored leaves measure up to 8 inches wide. Creamy white flowers. 14 inches tall.
 Shasta Daisy May Leucanthemum or Shasta Daisy ‘Daisy May’
The best new shasta daisy on the market!  Compact, sturdy, forms a dome of  solid white flowers. 3 inch single pure white flowers, 20 inches tall. blooms right up until frost
 Switch Grass Cheyenne Sky Panicum or Switch Grass ‘Cheyenne Sky’
Petite red switch grass. Ideal for containers. But hardy and forms a tight vase-shaped clump of blue-green foliage that turns wine red in early-mid summer. 2-3 ft. Deer resistant.
 Black Eye Susan Little Goldstar Rudbekia or Black Eye Susan ‘Little Goldstar’
The best new Black Eye Susan available. Compact, dome shaped clump of golden yellow flowers. Just 14-16 inches tall. Looks great in a pot.
 Salvia New Dimension Blue Salvia ‘New Dimensions Blue’
Bright purple-blue flowers on strong upright stems. Forms a compact 14-18 inch mound. heat and drought tolerant.

 

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