Monday, April 3, 2017

Perennials For My garden

I've thought I have to plant more perennials in my garden. Every year I spend much time growing annual flower seedlings. Not only time but I have to buy new soil, seeds, in spring all my windowsills  are full of boxes of greenery. So I decided to plant more perennials, maybe I'd grow them from seed or purchase seedlings in a garden center or a nursery. 
I show you what I've selected, perhaps you could advise me to add  more hardy perennials you have experience in growing. 

1. Penstemon


 2. Geranium


3. Artemisia (not sure)

4. Symphoricarpos (Snow berry)


5. Verbascum


6. Corydalis


 7. Stachys

When I traveled I saw these plants and I took pictures. I'm not sure I named rightly the species. 
What is your advice?, are they easy in growing? What could you add to my list?

Today it was an explosion in our St. Petersburg metro (tube) in the tunnel between the stations. This is a tragedy for the families of the dead and the wounded, not guilty of anything. Fortunately, my family and I are safe, and I very much sympathize victims and their families.

58 comments:

  1. I am very bad at names, Nadezda. Your photos are beautiful!

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  2. The Snowberry and Geranium are really impressing me.

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    1. I liked snowberry bush as well Endah. Hope it's enough hardy in our zone.

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  3. Good idea to plant more perennials. Will save you time and money!
    I love your choice of colours and foliage. Maybe nepeta and sedum would be good as well.
    The climate there is very different from where I live and I'm not sure if these would be okay.
    Happy days!
    Betty

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    1. Thank you Betty for your advice. I found 'nepeta' in Garden wiki, it said: 'In winters it can freeze, but it is easily restored, because it provides a rich self-sowing'.
      I think I should add nepeta to my list.

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  4. Good choices, Nadezda! The artemesia is one that doesn't last too long for me, however. I don't know what works in your zone, but Penstemons are great for the pollinators, too. Perennial Salvias are also easy to grow and a favorite of the bees.

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    1. Thank for your advice Rose. I decided to buy Salvia nemorosa because it is hardy perennial and winters well here in zone 5a. I think its red flowers go well to other plants.

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  5. Dear Nadezda, thank you for your visit tomy blog and the comment you left ♥ You are so kind ♥
    I simply love your photos and your blog is so colorful ♥

    Have a great week

    Nurdan

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  6. Las plantas son preciosas. Feliz semana.

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  7. Nadezda Hello! Beautiful plants. The number 2 flower is familiar, the name I do not know. Our yard has grown similar to many years. It is hard to spread, birds or the wind carries seeds, flowers will appear in the summer in odd places. Picture number 4 is familiar. This I have met in the old gardens, as long as I can remember. Our hedge of hawthorn grows among them. Next door the whole hedgerow is this plant. In the autumn of the fence is good-looking when it has white berries. Greetings

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    1. You're right Anne, snowberry bush is a high decorative plant. I decided to plant some bushes as a hedgerow too. Geranium goes in different colors, I've found the dark red one on a garden center site. Thank you!

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  8. Hello Nadezda!
    I do not know all the plants.
    They are all very beautiful.
    I admire your beautiful photos.
    Greetings.
    Lucja

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    1. Have a nice week, Lucja, thank you!

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  9. It is very, very sorry that people killed in the assassination of the subway. I feel sorry for the families. * Nice plants you chose, but watch out for the last one, because it easily spread throughout the garden. Regards.

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    1. Does Stachys spread everywhere? I liked it, the leaves are soft and of nice silver color.
      I sympathize the people damaged yesterday as well Giga. Thank you!

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  10. Fantastic photos Nadezda! Happy new week!:)

    xxBasia

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    1. Glad you liked my choice, Basia.

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  11. I am glad your family is safe. Thanks for your comment. I have fixed it now. Some of the plants like the penstemon, is not hardy enough I think. Groetjes Hetty

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    1. Yes, penstemon is not hardy in our zone Hetty. I've found out it grows here as annual. Sadly, is so pretty.

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  12. I do not know your plants but I admire all of them!
    I've just heard about this horrible tragedy in the subway! I am sorry for the families of the victims!
    Greetings

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    1. Yes, Ela, it's a tragedy for the people. Thank you!

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  13. Me alegro de que toda su familia y usted estén bien. Ha sido horrible el atentado. Un abrazo.

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  14. Perennials are like old friends that come back every spring to visit. I love them. But, some of them require a fair amount of maintenance, and I'm trying to get away from some of that so I can just enjoy them more. At the last seminar I went to with Kerry Mendez, she had a couple of top perennial picks that don't require deadheading. They were: Geranium 'Rozanne,' (which could be #2 above)Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising,', Eryngium 'Blue Hobbit,' and Daylily 'Pewter Pink.' These happen to be Proven Winner plants but if you google them you can get a look at them and may see a similar plant by another provider. I love the texture and color of #7 but not necessarily the flowers and then you can to trim them back. It's always fun to look for new plants. :-)

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    1. Thanks Judy for your advice, I am really interested in Coreopsis and Eryngium.I have no them at all. I've read they both winter well without covering. It's great, what I want.

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  15. I want to grow some perennials as cut flowers so I am also researching which types to grow.

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    1. Good luck, Sue. I know you have many flowers and experience in growing.

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  16. I have heard of this tragic event on the news. I am thinking of all families of those who perished and relieved that you and your family are safe, but shocked I think.

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    1. Yes, we were, Betty. It's the first explosion in subway in Saint Petersburg. It was a shock.

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  17. I was saddened to hear the news this morning about the metro tragedy in your city and immediately thought of you and hoped you were safe. Sincere sympathy to the families of the dead and wounded. Such beautiful new additions to your garden. Do you grow delphinium and peonies?

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    1. Thank you Peter for your thoughts about me and family!
      I grow delphinium, deep blue one and three herbaceous peonies but they don't bloom, I've never seen their flowers and have no idea what color they are :-)

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  18. I have never seen Snow Berry. It's so cute.
    Thanks for seeing my post.

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    1. You're welcome roughterrain crane!

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  19. Dear Nadezda! My deepest condolences to you and to your lovely home city. It is terrible tragedy that took place yesterday in Sankt Petersburg. I hope you are safe and sound.

    On picture no 5 should be Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain' - should do fine in our climete. I'm not sure about penstemons though. And artemisia looks doubtful, but I'm not sure. All others shoud do just fine.
    I would recommend all prairie perennial flowers, starting with some echinaceas. And fo course, cottage garden classics are always favorable.

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    1. I also love the cottage garden style, Tistou. You have correctly named the plants, thank you. I realized that, despite on penememon and artemisia are very beautiful, they are not hardy enough and are grown here as annuals. I will plant the seeds of Echinacea, hope it will be successful.

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  20. Hello dear Nadezda, I too was very sorry to hear about what happened in St. Petersburg... and so happy to hear the second bomb had been deactivated.
    Perennials are great. Of your candidates, I know best the geraniums. Many of them are lovely. The January 2016 (unusually harsh) killed some of my special ones. I'll see how to replace them.
    Yesterday we had a sunny day and the snow started to melt a little.
    Wishing you sunny spring days... and lots of flowers! :)

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    1. We had warm day yesterday too, Sara, +10 C. My garden was snow free, birds were singing jolly. However spring is coming, not in hurry but really appears.
      Thank you for your attention to St. Petersburg tragedy,
      have a nice week!

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  21. I am doing the opposite. LOL! I have lots of perennials and would like more annuals. Not all Penstemon are hardy in my experience so I'd choose the variety carefully. Geraniums are wonderful. I particularly like 'Rozeanne' if you can find it. Artemisia can be invasive, so avoid varieties like 'SilverKing'. I am sure whatever you choose will be a nice addition to your garden.

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    1. I agree, Jennifer, artemisia can be invasive so I chose Artemisia schmidtiana, that is pretty, although freezes in snow, but survives. Thanks for your advice!

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  22. Me gustan todas Nadezda, pero no puedo aconsejarte, no sé nada de plantas y si te vendrán bien o no para tu jardín. eso sí son muy bonitas. Me gusta mucho el cambio que le has dado al blog!!
    Besos.

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    1. Me alegro de que te gusta el nuevo diseño de mi blog, Laura.

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  23. Hardy Geranium is pretty easy - just make sure they are hardy in your zone. Symphoricarpos is very easy, hard to kill. I grow Penstemon digitalis, which has white flowers. It is also a fairly easy plant.

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    1. I've never known about Symphoricarpos, Jason. Now I've read about and thought I should grow it, thanks for your advice!

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  24. Hello Nadezda, I am back after a very long break from the world of blogging. I wonder if salvia guaraniticas and rudbeckia might grow in your parti f the world? We are growing them in a cold climate which has snow and very cold days and nights (although not as cold as Russia...) Bye for now. Kirk

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    1. I think Kirk salvia guaraniticas is not enough hardy for my 5a zone, Kirk. But I've seen another variety Salvia officinalis goes well to my garden. Thanks for your advice!

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  25. Hello Dear Nadezda!
    Finally that time of the year is here. Happy Easter to you my friend. May the risen lord will your heart with compassion, joy, love and never ending bliss.
    Spring greetings from Poland.
    Lucja

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    1. Thank you Lucja, happy Easter to you too!

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  26. Thank you very much for your beautiful wishes at my blog !!
    Happy Easter to you too, dear friend !!
    Greetings

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  27. Happy Easter Nadezda to you and your family!:-))

    xxBasia

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  28. Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter! May you find joy and peace as Springtime gradually unfolds in your garden.
    Happy days!
    Betty ox

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    1. Thank you Betty, I wish you happy Easter too!

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