Planting in Harsh Conditions

Unless you live in a glass dome on the equator, you are bound to find some areas of your property that are not ideal for growing most plants. But not all hope is lost, for this blog entry is dedicated to those fixing those barren planting beds, littered with sun baked flakes of mulch and not a living organism in site.

Like most organisms on this planet, plants owe their existence to the sun. But that same sun can also bake the life right out of a plant, depending on the plants ideal growing conditions. If you have an area in your yard that has more then 8 hours of sun exposure per day, your going to want to do a little research into what kinds of planting can withstand the exposure. Here are a few planting options to get you started.

Variegated Goutweed – Variegated Goutweed is a low-growing plant with white variegated foliage that is best used in totally contained areas or around mature trees. It is one of the most resilient ground covers out there.

Ladies Mantle – Lady’s Mantle is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Gold Dust Basket of Gold – Gold Dust Basket of Gold is smothered in stunning clusters of yellow flowers at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring. Its small narrow leaves remain grayish green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. This is also a very good boarder plant.

Cone Flower –  There are many different varieties of cone flower, one common thread between the types is being able to withstand full sun conditions. it is a herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Concord Barberry – Concord Barberry has attractive deep purple foliage which emerges red in spring. The small oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall. It features tiny clusters of yellow flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring.

Now that you have a few suggestions for the hot spots, we can now move our focus to the shady, sun deprived areas. There is always at least one spot in your yard that struggles to catch a few hours of sun a day. Luckily for you there are some plants that thrive under these conditions.

Lady Fern – Lady Fern is a dense herbaceous fern with a shapely form and gracefully arching fronds. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don’t particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats.

The Rocket Ray Flower – The Rocket Rayflower is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

Dwarf Balsam Fur – Dwarf Balsam Fir has dark green foliage. The needles remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

 Fanal Astilbe – Fanal Astilbe has masses of beautiful plumes of crimson flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its ferny compound leaves remain emerald green in colour throughout the season.

You now have enough information to begin bringing back the beds that have long been lost. All the perennials and shrubs listed can be acquired at Sherwood Nurseries, you can check out other selections and pricing at www.sherwoodnurseries.ca . If you have any further questions regarding those troubled areas, reach out to Little Creek, and we will help along the path to bring your landscape dreams to life.