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Summer-blooming native plant

Posted by chezron 7bish (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 4, 10 at 15:56

Hi GA gardeners,

I have a large area about 30x30' on a sunny slope that has Yarrow 'Moonshine' and Liatris spicata and Salvia 'Blue Mystic Spires' and a few Echinacea 'Rocky Top." I am looking for a long, summer-blooming tough plant with good pollinator appeal, and a good enough presence to be seen from 50' away. I am thinking about Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida. The plant should allow the Liatris to grow and not crowd it out. Maybe a small Helianthus? What do you think?

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RE: Summer-blooming native plant

Agastache, Anise hyssop is a good one too and the birds are fond of the seeds. If you have some moisture, then Stoke's Aster is good.

I do like Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida, I have it as well. It has just started blooming in the last couple weeks, so it is a late one for me.

RE: Summer-blooming native plant about Heliopsis Summer Sun it would go with what you have already and it blooms forever bobby

RE: Summer-blooming native plant

By the way, an article on a pollinator-attracting evaluation of Stokesia laevis.

Here is a link that might be useful: Study near Macon State

RE: Summer-blooming native plant

Thanks Esh. I also grow Stokesia Laevis 'Silver Moon' - nice plant.

RE: Summer-blooming native plant

chezron, I have what I think is that rudbeckia - it's slightly taller and long flowering than hirta, and blooms later. Both are good -hirta to bloom first, then this one to bloom later. I have a TON of it if you are in the Atlanta area and want some.
My other suggestion is some hot lavender pink phlox. I have one that blooms after the cone flowers stop. It's blooming now. Joe Pye Weed, and also the brightest of the obedient plants would also work.

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