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June is Perennial Month

June is Perennial Month

June is a month when gardeners and garden centers celebrate perennial plants. And there are so many to enjoy! Perennials are wonderful in the landscape because they come in all shapes, sizes and colors. But just as people come with assorted appearances and personalities, perennial plants do as well. The secret to having a good perennial garden is to choose the right plant for your location and needs.

Some perennials never have to be touched, while others require frequent editing, dividing, or other maintenance. A few perennials flower for a very short time while others stay in bloom for a month or more. There are plants that will live for years and others that are labeled “perennial” that only last a year or two in the garden. Finally, some perennials thrive in sunny locations but not in shade, and others have just the opposite requirements. In order to help you choose a plant that will do well for years on Cape Cod, we’ve prepared a list of great plants that you can download and print.

 

This photo shows one reason that people like lady's mantle. The leaves hold the drops of water and display them like diamonds on green velvet. The flowers on this perennial are also great for bouquets.

This photo shows one reason that people like lady’s mantle. The leaves hold the drops of water and display them like diamonds on green velvet. The flowers on this perennial are also great for bouquets. Note that this perennial can self-seed if the faded flowers aren’t removed before it goes to seed. This makes it a good ground cover plant in part-shade but those who don’t want to dig baby lady’s mantle plants out of their landscape should promptly deadhead the flower stems.

Need color in part-shade? Have we got some suggestions for you! Heuchera plants come with leaves of many colors.

Need color in part-shade? Have we got some suggestions for you! Heuchera plants come with leaves of many colors. The flowers range from white to coral, which is where their common name, coral bells, comes from.

There aren't many plants that flower in the winter, thrive in shade and have pretty green calyx that make the plants seem to be in flower for months afterwards. If you don't have hellebores, you must plant some!

There aren’t many plants that flower in the winter, thrive in shade and have pretty green calyx that make the plants seem to be in flower for months afterwards. If you don’t have hellebores, you must plant some!

Daylilies and Echinacea make the July garden come alive with color.

Daylilies and Echinacea make the July garden come alive with color. This garden has three different Echinacea varieties: Milkshake (white), Even Saul (coral to pink) and Guava Ice.  The blue flower is an annual, but this garden has such a range of perennials that there is always something coming into bloom.

 

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