In Shane's annual beds he has 2 different design concepts going on. In 1 bed several different annuals are planted
among each other, in the other bed a very wide variety of annuals planted in clumps which are sort of scattered
throughout the bed. Years ago Shane took a trip to France and saw they were doing a lot more clumping with their
annuals. He brought that idea back and in one bed they're clumping tighter with good selections, good color
combinations and the show is yet to peak. They can't grow tall ornamental grasses so they grow Sorghum vulare
Broomcorn that when it seeds out will look like a wonderful annual since tall grasses can sometimes reach 9 feet
tall. These clumps work well together.
But on the other side they're trying a two-story kind of show. They have Verbena bonariensis up high and Silver
Wave Petunia which is a lighter Petunia growing lower. The Silver Wave is so aggressive that in another week or so
it will start to climb up the Verbena bonariensis. It will become even more dramatic as the bonariensis reach
heights almost double what they are now. And, they're great at attracting butterflies, a real show. As a backdrop
in this garden they have an area where they have a number of what were full size Picea pungens f. glauca Blue
Spruce that they prune into a hedge. It makes an impenetrable hedge year round and does a great job of blocking
the parking lot. A lot of people never had any idea they can actually use Blue Spruce as a hedge.
By Susan Martin for Proven Winners,
Photographs courtesy of Proven Winners
By now, we're all aware of how critically important it is to support the pollinators that produce so much of the food we eat and the flowers that enhance our surroundings. We all need to do what we can to provide a beneficial habitat, food and shelter for all kinds of bees, butterflies, moths and hummingbirds. Here are five new perennials we're introducing this year that pollinators will love.
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