Welcome! Our focus centers on enticing gardeners to savor the beauty of flora and fauna in SE Wisconsin. Our team of horticulturists provide advice on deriving more pleasure from plants with less stress for the gardener. Visit our website and blog often for info that could make your gardening efforts more fulfilling. Perennials and annuals, trees and shrubs, soils and fertilizers, butterflies and birds(as well as voles and moles)will be discussed as we strive to share our expertise with you!
A successful plant-driven garden design
requires planning before planting,
and winter is the perfect time of year to consider which plants might succeed
if Southeast Wisconsin is stricken with another drought like the summer of
2012.Some perennials thrive in hot,
dry conditions while others struggle, but survive.
Advance planning may help to avoid
costly mistakes when selecting plants for your garden space, and plant knowledge
is key to your success… which
perennials can handle drought and still remain attractive throughout the
growing season?My “short list”
appears below… perennials which add color and charm to your garden, even when
rainfall and irrigation are limited.NOTE: New plantings need additional water
to become well established and fully drought tolerant.
Yarrow (genus Achillea) commonly
available in shades of yellow and some pastels
(genus Coreopsis) a daisy-like yellow
flower on tall, slender stems
Coneflower (genus Echinacea) now
available in several pastel and bold colors
(genus Nepeta) an aggressive plant
with a striking aroma; cultivar ‘Walker’s Low’ is utilized in landscape designs
and provides silvery blue foliage
(genus Lavandula) several cultivars
available, each with its own charm, but all offer the intensely scented foliage
and flowers we know and love!
Stonecrop/sedum (genus Sedum)
nearly 400 species of flowering ground covers and tall flowering varieties