Easy Care Perennials

Hort secretary Linda Holmes, left, with Dawn Golloher, owner of Gardens Plus
Hort secretary Linda Holmes, left, with Dawn Golloher, owner of Gardens Plus

Dawn Golloher, owner of Gardens Plus in Peterborough shared easy care perennials in her power point presentation at the May meeting of the Tweed and District Horticultural Society. In spite of the cool spring Ontario has been experiencing in 2016, the 46 members of the group who attended this meeting were eager to see the newest plants “on the block” for this growing season.

Dawn’s plant knowledge was evident as she spoke throughout the evening about the many plants she has at Gardens Plus.

She emphasized the need for easy care perennials so gardeners can sit back and enjoy their gardens. When purchasing plants, she recommended checking for the growing zone and light requirements for the plant. Also, the roots are more important than the “tops” of the plant…..it is important to spread those roots when planting.

Many plant favourites were seen throughout the presentation…daffodils (no tulips-squirrels and chipmunks dig them up), lungwort, bleeding heart, hostas, salvia, bee balm, phlox, coneflowers, foam flower, ferns and the list goes on.

Dawn feels that the foliage is just as important if not more important than the bloom. For most perennials, the blooms last 6 week and the foliage is “forever”.

Little tips were scattered throughout Dawn’s presentation….
-Coral bells…plant before end of July as they tend to heave during the spring if planted later
-when hostas are divided (and they should be), they tend to “pout” for a few years before starting to grow aging
-when purchasing daylilies look for a tag that says “returns” as this means the plant reblooms and you get “more bang for your buck”.

Gardens Plus (www.gardensplus.ca) is open from May 6 to July 31 (closed Tuesdays).  It is located at 136 County Road#4, Peterborough,
ON K9l 1V6…telephone 705-742-5918.  Dawn will be glad to help you with your plant selection and she will answer your gardening questions…definitely worth the drive!!!

COMING UP….

May 21…Annual Plant Sale at Tweed Memorial Park @ 8 am.
Plant material for the sale should be there by 7am. Please label plants.

May 31 @ 5:30 pm…Planting the flower beds and planters in town. Meet in the parking lot across from Valumart.

June 7…Brian Scott, a commercial beekeeper and operator of a beekeeping supply store will be the guest speaker. Brian will bring an observation hive, discuss how to get started to beekeeping, the benefits of bees to crops and the difficulties faced by a modern beekeeper.

June 18….Clean up of town beds. Meet at Moira Gardens at 9 am.

June 26…Trip to Spindle Tree Gardens in Tamworth. Fee is $12 plus HST (group of 10 or more). Payment is due at June meeting.

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