Long lasting woodland plants

taureanApril 15, 2008

What are some long lasting plants that won't go dormant through summer and late summer.

I know ferns are good. My leatherwood and christmas ferns are evergreens. But something besides ferns.

My garden is also quite dry. The only thing that seems to stay through me till the end is Solomon's Seal (variegated and false) and the ferns except the ostrich fern.

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rbrady(5/Eastern Ia)

Jack in the pulpit will last all summer if it is pollinated. Red and white baneberry usually last, too.

Rhonda

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 5:05PM
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linda_schreiber(z5/6 MI)

Goldenseal, gingers [american and european], black cohosh, jewelweed, woodruff as ground cover, corydalis, hellebores, hostas of all sorts, lots of options.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 9:39PM
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waplummer(Z5 NY)

Ina dry summer most natives will go dormant. If every summer is dry they probably won't survive more than one or two years. If Smilacina and Polygonatum and ferns do well, it can't be too dry. So the above suggestions will probably work. Then too it depends how sunny the spot is. My maidenhair ferns need shade; the ones that got the afternoon sun petered out.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 10:01PM
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taurean

I guess I am over exaggerating a bit. We do have some pretty wacky wet summers round here. Last year there was a tornado around here!

Thanks for suggestions. I'll try to look into those when I head up to Nasami Farm Native Plant Nursery.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2008 at 3:11PM
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arcy_gw

My columbine last, astilbe, fern leaf bleeding heart,

    Bookmark   April 19, 2008 at 7:15AM
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esh_ga

Tiarella and heuchera (Coral bells).

    Bookmark   April 19, 2008 at 7:55AM
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myrtle_59

solomon's seal

    Bookmark   April 19, 2008 at 6:54PM
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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

I have Chelone lyonii (pink turtlehead) in a fairly shady bed on the NE side of my house, and it has lovely pink blooms in mid/late fall when most everything else has finished.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2008 at 8:37AM
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linda_schreiber(z5/6 MI)

I forgot one of my absolute favorites...
wood poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum), sometimes called Celandine poppies! They start early, and bloom in April and through May, and are lovely feathery mounds of foliage, 1-2 feet high. At least in southern Michigan, they tolerate full summer heat and are reasonably drought-tolerant. They bloom long, and the foliage stays lovely into fall. They will self-seed, but not invasively, and are easy to weed out if they get in the wrong place. They will take light to deep shade. Great plants!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2008 at 8:15PM
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amelanchier(NY)

Hepatica leaves stick around year-round, though they can get pretty ragged.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2008 at 8:32PM
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taurean

I do have some of those plants already. Solomon's Seal, columbine, astilbe is next to the water garden which can easily be moved. We are on a budget so I steal other plants from my other gardens. Mainly my dads.

Thanks for the GREAT help.

Now to go on the hunt for these guys.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2008 at 9:43PM
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arcy_gw

toad lily, astilbe, foxglove, hosta, my ostrich ferns don't go dormant, ajuga,creeping jenny, vinca,

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 2:49PM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

Columbine, wild geranium, thimbleweed.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 9:46AM
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razorback33(z7)

Natives-
Green and Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum)
Galax urceolata
Patridgeberry (Mitchella repens)
Yellowroot (Xanthorhiza simplicissima)
Greek valerian (Polemonium reptans)
Hearts-a-bursting (Euonymus americana)
Rattlesnake plantain (Goodyera sp.) 3 sp. in MA
Crippled cranefly Orchid-Tipularia discolor(foliage dies down in summer, then flower stem emerges)
'Annabelle' Hydrangea arborescens
Sweet shrub (Calycanthus floridus)
Dwarf Crested Iris (cristata)
Trillium sp. (if they set seed, foliage remains until seed ripen, often late summer)
Spotted wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata)
Doghobble (Leucothoe fontanesiana) 'Girard's Rainbow' is a particularly attractive cultivar with multi-color foliage.

Non-Native- (but, not invasive)
Epimediums
Dwarf Conifers(Chamacyparis pisifera)
Dwarf Pieris japonica (Compacta, Pigmy, Cavatine, Bolero)
Good hunting!
Rb

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 1:31PM
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