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In Barb's Garden

Perennials for specific areas
by Barb Foster
by Barb Foster

email: sisterbarb2002@yahoo.ca

Inspired to nuture, Barb Foster took up gardening over a decade ago. She has a particular passion for this areas hardy perennials.

Barb collects her own seeds, grows seedlings in a greenhouse and has 500 sq ft of growing beds plus numerous perennial flower beds in her Zone 1b garden in Chetwynd, B.C.

Barb writes weekly for the Chetwynd Echo.


August 22, 2010

For some time I have been compiling a list of reliable perennial plants that will survive Chetwynd's cold winter climate. However a good part of growing plants is to recognize growing conditions other than winter temperature. It will also simplify plant care, when plants with similar requirements can be grown together. I have attempted to sort the plants that are know to grow well in Chetwynd, into groupings that have similar requirements. I have also included groups of plants that may grow well in extremely adverse conditions, these plants can of course also be grown with plants in similar but less extreme categories. There are included two very special plants, 'Bergenia', and 'Aegopodium', these can be grown in any part of the garden requiring only a little water if grown in Full Sun.


Perennials for Full Shade, in naturally occurring moist soil:

Aconitum (Monkshood)
Aegopodium (Goutweed)
Bergenia (Elephants Ears)
Hosta
Mertensia (Mountain Blue Bell)

Perennials for Full Shade to Partial Shade, in constantly moist but well drained soil:

Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart)
Doronicum (Leopards Bane)
Lamium (Dead Nettle)
Physotegia (False Dragons Head/ Obedient Plant)
Polemonium (Jacobs Ladder)
Pulmonoria (Lungwort)
Vinca minor (Periwinkle)
Viola cornuta (Johnny Jump Up)

Perennials for Full Sun to Partial Shade, in well drained moist soil:

Anemone (Pulsatilla vulgaris / Pasque Flower)
Anemone nemorosa (Woodland Anemone)
Aquilegia (Columbine)
Campanula (Bell Flower)
Delphinium
Heuchera (Coral Bells)
Iris sibirica (Siberian Iris)

Perennials for Full Sun to Partial Shade, in well drained moist soil (avoid planting in areas where water puddles in spring):

Lilium x hybrida (Asiatic Lily)
Lilium lancifolium (Tiger Lily)

Perennials for Full Sun, in well drained soil with moderate watering (avoid planting in areas where water puddles in spring):

Dianthus deltoides (Maiden Pink)
Dianthus plumarius (Clove Pink)
Iris pumila (Dwarf Bearded Iris)
Iris germanica (Bearded Iris)
Leontopodium (Edelwiess)

Perennials for Full Sun, in well drained soil with moderate watering:

Anthemis (Golden Marguerite)
Arabis (Rockcress)
Aster alpinus (Dwarf Aster)
Centaurea Montana (Mountain Bluet)
Cerastium (Snow-in-summer)
Chrysanthemum maximum (Shasta Daisy)
Chrysanthemum coccineum (Painted Daisy)
Fragaria frel (Pink Strawberry)
Linum perenne (Blue Flax)
Papaver orientale (Oriental Poppy)
Phlox douglasii (Creeping Phlox)
Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower)
Sempervivum (Hens & Chicks)
Solidago (Goldenrod)
Thymus serpyllum (Mother of Thyme)
Veronica spicata (Speedwell)

Perennials for Full Sun, in well drained soil, drought tolerant once established (avoid planting in areas where water puddles in spring):

Echinopsis (Globe Thistle)
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)

Perennials for Full Sun, in well drained soil, drought tolerant once established:

Euphorbia polychroma (Cushion Spurge)
Lychnis chalcedonica (Maltese Cross)

Perennials for Full Sun to Partial Shade, in well drained soil, drought tolerant once established:

Achillea (Yarrow)
Echinacea (Purple Cone Flower)
Festuca glauca (Blue Fescue)
Geranium (Cranesbill)
Gypsophila (Babys Breath)
Hemerocallis (Daylily)
Nepeta (Catmint)
Paeonia (Peony)
Potentilla nepalensis
Salvia nemerosa (Blue Sage)
Sedum
Sisyrinchium (Blue-Eyed-Grass)
Stachys (Lambs Ears)

Perennials for Partial Shade to Full Shade, in well drained soil, drought tolerant once established:

Alchemilla (Ladys Mantle)
Aegopodium (Goutweed)*
Bergenia (Elephants Ears)*

 

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