|Violet Viola spp. now blooming in my spring garden|
A perennial must ...
1. be truly perennial and return every year
2. be healthy
3. have fortitude to endure cold winters
4. have superior, or at least good, foliage for most of the season
5. maintain a tidy habit, not flopping nor sprawling, and must remaining in reasonable bounds
6. resist predators, pests or diseases.Without a doubt my hellebores meet all the above criteria, so they will surely remain in my shade garden ...
|Brunnera Macrophylia 'Jack Frost'|
|Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata|
|Sweet Woodruff Galium odoratum|
|Bleeding Heart Dicentra|
|David Austin Rose Rosa "Lichfield Angel" (summer 2010)|
|Daylily Hemerocallis "Chicago Apache" (summer 2010)|
|Obedient Plant Physostegia virginiana|
|The not-so-obedient obedient plant in the picket-fence border last summer.|
|Golden Biota Platycladus cupressaceae in one of my perennial borders last summer|
The Master Gardener program, conducted throughout the United States and Canada, is a two-part educational effort, in which avid gardeners are provided many hours of intense home horticulture training, and in return they "pay back" local university extension agents through volunteerism.There are many ways to volunteer -- such as providing phone diagnostic services, which I did for a couple of years. But I really enjoy teaching, having been an educator all of my working life. Some of my students are older men and women at a local university's Adult Learning Center. With this audience in mind, I prepared my "Gardening Smarter Not Harder" program. I included some labor-saving techniques which I may post about soon.
The weather is now greatly improved and I am spending more time outside. Some newly blooming plants are violets (lead photo) and forget-me-not, as well as the brunera and creeping phlox at the top of the page.
|Forget-me-not Myosotis sylvatica|
|Woodland Salamander Plethodo|
... a sure sign of spring!
I am enjoying this spring season enormously, and hope you are, too.
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