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Erigeron

Fleabane

With a carefree guise that belies their stalwart nature, Erigeron promises to embellish any little spot: cracks and crevices, window boxes, between paving stones or a border’s foreground. Happiest in well draining, even sandy soils, these vigorous, no-nonsense perennials parade daisylike blooms for months on end and can easily endure dry conditions.

<i>Erigeron compositus</i> var. <i>discoideus</i>

Beloved by bees and butterflies, ebullient narrow-rayed daises with sunny yellow eyes prance above a bright gray-green mound of filigree-like foliage. Tightly packed petals, ranging in colors from soft pink to lavender blue, distinguish the petite blooms. A no nonsense diminutive North American native that belies its delicate-looking demeanor, this darling Fleabane is well-suited for alpine gardens, edging a pathway or adorning containers. It can endure poor dry abodes, demands sharp draining soil, doesn’t interest the deer and is most effective when planted en masse.

Blooms May—June.

Size: 4" high x 8" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Bart O’Brien at California’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden selected this exceptional California native for its extra large 3 in. wide lavender daisies and trim compact evergreen mound. Enticing finches, butterflies and other plant lovers, dozens of sprightly greenish golden-eyed flowers unfurl from spring through summer above low growing leaves that can handle coastal front lines. Enriched soil, occasional deadheading, partial shade if planted inland plus a yearly cut back ensure ‘Bountiful’s abundant good looks.

Blooms May–October

Size: 6" – 12" high x 12" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Erigeron glaucus</i> ‘Ron’s Pink’

Here’s a perennial we’ve been waiting for: a pink flowering, compact selection of our native seaside daisy. Its upbeat, 2 in. wide daisies feature crowded delicate rays centered with large yellow eyes. This Ron Lutsko discovery hosts droves of blooms above a lush and tidy, bluish green basal rosette. Chipper yet tough, evergreen ‘Ron’s Pink’ maintains its composure through salt spray, howling winds and coastal drought.

Blooms May–November.

Size: 6" – 12" high x 12" wide.

Zone 8/9.

<i>Erigeron glaucus</i> ‘Sea Breeze’

For its large and deeply colored daisies, its bounteous bloom and neat compact character, British nursery owner, Fred Yates, selected this outstanding, easy-to-grow Erigeron from a group of Erigeron glaucus seedlings. A low, dense evergreen mound of handsome, balsam-scented gray-green foliage gets buried under the nearly 2 in. wide lavender-pink flowers that are elevated on short steadfast stems and brightened by chartreuse and gold eyes.

An adorable yet resilient addition to a cottage garden, rockery, hillside or border’s front row, ‘Sea Breeze’ handles coastal living and some drought, but requires well draining soil and light shade where its hot. (pp#12,076)

Blooms May – October.

Size: 6" – 12" high x 12" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Erigeron</i> x <i>moerheimii</i>

This low growing Erigeron is a marathon bloomer with a tenacious mettle and charm to spare. Thin-rayed, 1 in. wide soft pink daisies produce a bountiful, nearly year round display that almost veils the sprightly bundle of slender wiry stems and small narrow green leaves.

Rumored to be from the Royal Moerheim, a Dutch Nursery founded in 1888 and distinguished for its ‘Natural Style’ plants, Erigeron x moerheimii resembles Erigeron karvinskianus, but is more compact and doesn’t reseed. It can be enjoyed spilling over a wall or softening steps and pathways.

Blooms April – October.

Size: 12" – 2' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

An ebullient bevy of semidouble, narrow-rayed lavender-hued daisies with sun-kissed centers floats all summer long on strong stems. Yielding a reliable bushy green clump and fantastic good-sized cut flowers to boot, ‘Azure Fairy’s pixie-like charm belies its adaptable peppy habit, which looks best en masse and abides clay or sandy soil.

Blooms June–August

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

In an ebullient display, ‘Pink Jewel’s thin, closely set orchid-pink petals abundantly converge around golden yellow centers. From a bed of round-tipped basal foliage, the sturdy, branching stems clad in smaller, lance-shaped leaves bolster 1 ½ in. wide, Aster-like blooms which are perfect for cutting. Extremely hardy and undemanding, this floriferous, western U.S. native can be partnered with yellow-flowering Achillea ‘Marmalade’ for a collage of cheerful flowers.

Blooms June–August

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

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Our featured plant: Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Honey Angels’

Colorful Crocosmias, Be Awed by your August garden, Saturday Strolls!

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Colorful Crocosmias!

Crocosmias pack a punch of late summer color as our gardens transition into autumn. Their clustered tubular flowers populate the ends of gracefully arching spikes, which emerge from handsome sword-like foliage. Ranging from yellow, peach and orange to fiery red, their prismatic shades look exceptional with white flowering perennials such as Phlox ‘David’, Selinum wallichianum and Aster ‘Bridal Veil’, as well as the blue blossoms of Aconitum, Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ or Aster ‘Twilight’. For fun you could create a hot border, blending them with Kniphofia, Helenium, Salvia and even other Crocosmia, plus be sure to include some in your next bouquet. Commonly referred to as Montbretia and hardy to Zone 6, they appreciate, good drainage, adequate water and some shade in scorching summer sun. Please feel free to check out our extensive collection of Crocosmia cultivars in the perennial section of our online catalog.

YES, it’s possible to be in awe of your late August garden….

At this point in the season, some areas in our gardens may appear a tad worn or lackluster. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to cut back a few tired looking perennials, such as the Nepetas or Geraniums, so you can enjoy a fresh flourish of growth plus more blooms. Adequate moisture and an additional application of compost will also ensure late summer vigor. Incorporating plants that provide a bounty of flowers and alluring leaves in August and September helps buoy our spirits, and hopefully even inspire a little awe as we approach fall. Though the plants featured in this newsletter either promote a bold statement or possess more refined aspects, they equally caught my eye and made me pause to take a closer look. Perhaps they’ll spark a wondrous moment for you as well. All of us Digging Dog plant wranglers wish you Happy Digging!

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