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non fragrant plants

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Kadee22-Aug-00 09:27 PM EST   
Marg22-Aug-00 09:36 PM EST   
Kadee22-Aug-00 09:41 PM EST   
Claire-Ontario22-Aug-00 10:24 PM EST   
Doug23-Aug-00 02:34 AM EST   
Kadee24-Aug-00 05:31 PM EST   
Susan27-Aug-00 10:14 AM EST   
Carolyn27-Aug-00 10:33 AM EST   
Claudia28-Aug-00 02:28 PM EST   

Subject: non fragrant plants
From: Kadee
Date: 22-Aug-00 09:27 PM EST

Looking for plants to fill an area which has tulips in the spring. As we all have allergies, we can't tolerate anything fragrant. Due to my health, I must often limit outdoor exposure. It is a sunny area in front of the walkway curving all along the front of the house. Do hostas need to be in shady areas?


Subject: RE: non fragrant plants
From: Marg
Date: 22-Aug-00 09:36 PM EST

Hostas like shade but there are yellow leaved ones that can be planted in sun. There are many that also do well in part shade. Do you like foliage plants? You could plant ferns with the hostas. Ajuga is a ground cover that does well in sun and it has lovely foliage. It only gets about 4" high.

Subject: RE: non fragrant plants
From: Kadee
Date: 22-Aug-00 09:41 PM EST

I love foliage plants. I will look up ajuga. I don't remember seeing that. Can ferns handle the sun?

Thanks, Marg.

Subject: RE: non fragrant plants
From: Claire-Ontario
Date: 22-Aug-00 10:24 PM EST

For sun try some sedums, Autumn Joy is a good one about 24" and blooms in fall.

There are plenty of dwarf types...tri-color, dragon's blood is of all sedums are drought tolerant.

Also try columbines for sun, or yarrow, daisys, gallardia, cone flower, baby's breath (dwarf or tall) mallow, cranesbills.

For annuals (for color) coleus, portulaca,

Subject: RE: non fragrant plants
From: Doug
Date: 23-Aug-00 02:34 AM EST

for foliage plants that will produce edible crops, try growing rhubarb (rheum), lettuce(leaf varieties), peas, or thyme (thymus).

Subject: RE: non fragrant plants
From: Kadee
Date: 24-Aug-00 05:31 PM EST

Thanks. I have been looking at sedum. We have some that I may move. It was planted by the previous owners and is growing under the edge of the deck. Shouls I dig it up in the soring or fall? I like the Autumn Joy and also the dragon's blood. I saw one kind with varigated leaves which looks interesting. I like hostas too. Is it best to plant in the fall or pick some up now? I like the edible idea too. A nice mixture ofred and green lettuce as well as the peas would be yummy. What great ideas.

Subject: RE: non fragrant plants
From: Susan
Date: 27-Aug-00 10:14 AM EST

re when to transplant Sedum - a good general rule is move/divide Fall blooming plans in Spring and Spring blooming plants in Fall, so move it next Spring.

Subject: RE: non fragrant plants
From: Carolyn
Date: 27-Aug-00 10:33 AM EST

While the above is a good rule of thumb to follow; sometimes things need to be moved when you need to move them. With Sedum, they are one of the easiest to move and the most resilient. I've moved them in mid-flower(I know-never a good idea)and they bounced back almost imediately. With these plants; good soil, transplanting fertilizer and good watering really help their transpalnting survival.

Re: Hostas. Make sure you get varieties with inconspicuous or non-fragrant flowers. I have one large leaf variety that produces tall heady-fragrant white flowers in August.

Subject: RE: non fragrant plants
From: Claudia
Date: 28-Aug-00 02:28 PM EST

Another option could be creeping phlox - the variety I have doesn't smell at all, and I have tulips that pop up thru it each year and look lovely. When it's done blooming (pale, almost a white-washed purple), it still leaves a nice mat of spiky green foliage. I have this planted with sedum and the tulips look great growing thru it. I could send you some starts of this phlox (and of the sedum - it just keeps spreading! LOL) if you're interested - just e-mail me. :)

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