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DianaDigs Balloon Flower

The balloon flower (above)is commonly known in the landscape world, but its cousin is definitely worthy in my garden.

 Botanical name, Campanula glomerata is low maintenance and blooms for 2 months, at least.

This perennial needs some shade from the hot afternoon sun, drought tolerate, deer resistant and if deadheaded, will bloom again. It is not invasive and works well in cottage style gardens or other informal landscapes in the backyard.

The size of this perennial is about 18 inches around and fits into the front of a perennial bed nicely.

DianaDigs Campanula glomerata!

at Cornerstone Garden 414 State Street in Greensboro

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Favorite Plants

 

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Loving Lavender in Landscape Designs

Lavender or the scientific name, Lavandula angustifolia is a very versatile plant in landscaping. The numerous properties and fast growth rate makes Lavender one of my favorites. The variety hardy to our zone 7 in NC is “Provence”. This particular plant:

  • Is drought tolerate
  • Is deer resistant
  • Is wonderful for cottage, formal or herb gardens
  • Transplants well
  • Dried flowers can be used for indoor crafts
  • A culinary herb
  • Foliage is fine and blue/grey
  • Grows fast
  • Low maintenance
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Blooms in early summer for a long time
  • Great in rock gardens
  • Evergreen
  • Utilized for a quick, low and affordable hedge
  • Great in pots

You can find “Provence” Lavender at your local plant nurseries or farmers market. 1 small 4″ pot was placed into this foam planter last year and has filled out beautifully.

This variety of Lavender is a quick and easy hedge. I have it planted along my driveway.

It is in full bloom in June.

It only gets 2′ in height, not hindering any views.

The Lavender is planted along with “Burgundy Cotton” crape myrtle trees. Both being drought tolerate.

I can honestly say it transplants nicely because I moved all of the small plants from another location this past March. The Lavender looked fantastic along our front walk, but the bees didn’t appreciate my son saying in a loud voice, “Look at all the buzzy bees”.

The flower stems on Lavender are great to bring indoors. Just dry them upside down and use them in your crafts.

The color of the foliage is another plus to using Lavender. If your home has blue or grey vinyl siding, using plants with the same colors will help pull your design together, creating cohesion. If your home is brick and your shutters are bluish colored, these types of plants will do the same. Other plants with blue/grey foliage are blue fescue grass, heavy metal grass, dianthus, blue spruce sedum, artemisia, blue spirea, blue angel hosta, bar harbor-blue rug-blue pacific-blue star junipers. These are a few plants with blue/grey foliage, there are also plants with blue flowers and blue berries to consider planting.

Have fun with your Lavender.

Happy Planting! www.dianadigsdirt.com

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation

 

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Rosemary is a Valuable Landscape Plant

Rosemary is a great plant for xeriscaping or drought tolerate gardens. This perennial is native in the Mediterranean region, meaning, it loves dry and arid climatic conditions.

Rosemary is an evergreen herb with the potential of reaching a height and spread of 4′, typically 3 feet. It loves full sun and bears beautiful violet/purple flowers down its stems in early summer. This plant is a great addition to herb gardens, cottage style gardens or anyone wanting a wonderful fragrant shrub alongside a sunny walking path.

The long stems add unique texture to flower bouquets providing fragrance of its own. The stems can also be used as skewers. Simply cut a few stems 10 inches long and skewer  2 inch cubes of pork tenderloin cubes through them. I would marinate the cubes in olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper beforehand for a more intense flavor.

Rosemary grows extremely fast here in Greensboro, NC and can provide a quick hedge or low screening plant affordably. “Irene” is another variety of rosemary that is prostrate, making it a good choice to cascade over stone or brick walls in full sun.

Rosemary is the perfect choice for outdoor pots too. Below are only 2 rosemary plants, one per pot. They just love hot, dry locations.

Rosemary is such a versitile plant in the landscape and troublefree.

More good factors about using Rosemary in your landscape plans is the fact of being resistant to deer. Because the foliage is oily and quite sticky, deer tend to stay clear of this lovely plant.

Gather some Rosemary needles and place in a decorative sachets to give away as favors at your next garden party. 

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams  www.dianadigsdirt.com

Landscape Design and Installation

 
 

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Deer Destroying Plants in Greensboro Gardens

Deer is a common problem in Greensboro landscapes. I love the gentle creatures, but I love my plants and flowers more. If you think deer may be a problem in your area, select plants they don’t particularly care for. They didn’t seem so interested in our plants, just getting some exercise I suppose.

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I do not have solely deer resistant plants in my garden. Plants that are not a favorite of deer are installed closest to our wooded areas. Maybe this will fool them into thinking that is all we have in our landscape. If you see bites out of your foliage on a diagonal, lower to the ground those are hungry rabbits. Usually deer are more on the straight. Here is a dwarf crape myrtle shrub nicely pruned by deer this past winter.

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Nothing is guaranteed as far as being deer resistant. If they are hungry enough, your landscapes could be completely eaten. For the most part, plant material with sticky, fuzzy, bitter, and oily foliage are those deer stay clear of. Along with poisonous plants. Here is a list of shrubs, perennials and trees having these properties:

Trees

  • Goldenchain Tree
  • Dogwood
  • River Birch
  • Japanese Snowbell
  • Sweetbay Magnolia
  • Higan Cherry
  • Maples
  • Serviceberry

Shrubs

  • Abelia
  • Barberry
  • Red Twig Dogwood
  • Caryopteris
  • Leucothoe
  • Cotoneaster
  • Ligustrum
  • Aucuba
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Itea
  • Pieris
  • Spirea bumalda
  • Viburnum
  • Camellia

Perennials

  • Yarrow
  • Ajuga
  • Aster
  • Astillbe
  • Ferns
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Peony
  • Campion Rose
  • Bee Balm
  • Dianthus
  • Coreopsis
  • Pachysandra
  • Plumbago
  • Gaura
  • Germander

There are other suggestions for deer resistant plants, this will help you get started in your Greensboro Gardens. The function of installing the plants above is to create an unappealing smorgasbord for our deer friends, discouraging entrance into our beautiful landscapes and gardens.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams  www.greensborogardens.wordpress.com

Landscape Design and Installation

 

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