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Lupinus

Lupinus

Lupine or Bluebonnet

Laden with tightset pealike blossoms, Lupine’s sweetly scented, 10 to 12 in. spikes tower above good-looking foliage. Radiating out, like the fingers of a hand, rich green leaves collect glistening beads of water with their silky hairs.

Developed by George Russell, an English plantsman, these stately, June blooming hybrids present one of the longest and most spectacular floral parades at that time. A lover of cool weather and moist, well drained soil, Bluebonnets detest hot, humid conditions, and look their best planted in groups. We cultivated the following Russell hybrids from seed.

<i>Lupinus</i> ‘Chandelier’

Conjuring an incandescent, uplifting image, this Lupine’s dark blue-green foliage is brightened by luminous milky white and lemon-yellow columns of bloom.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 3-1/4' high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

‘Noble Maiden’ lays claim to her name, featuring lofty towers of creamy white blossoms and deeply fingered foliage.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 3-1/4' high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Lupinus</i> ‘The Chatelaine’

Cast in alluring pink and pearly white, this mistress presents a leafy foundation heightened by spires, not quite castle-size but still imposing!

Blooms May–June.

Size: 3-1/4' high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Lupinus</i> ‘The Governor’

Proud banners of marine blue and ivory flowers are prominently displayed above the pleasing palmate foliage.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 3-1/4' high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Lupinus</i> ‘The Pages’

Handsome, prominently segmented leaves etch a verdant support for the soaring flowery steeples warmed by feisty carmine-red hues.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 3-1/4' high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Characterized by delicate-looking fronds...

the deer-proof ferns, which are featured above, unfurl spritely new fiddleheads every spring. All are deciduous save for the lustrous Polystichum, otherwise known as Tassel Fern. Varying shades of green, metallic silver, russet, bronze and burgundy imbue their artful foliage. Second-to-none for shady alcoves, these easy-care perennials can be planted as specimens or grouped in shade gardens, mixed borders and woodland settings. Their filigree-fine features lend sophisticated accents to patio containers or cut arrangements. Ferns will flourish in cool , well-drained moist nooks enriched with compost or well-rotted manure.  

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During the month of July, gardeners sometimes wonder how they can perk up their summer gardens. Sunshine-hued blooms, golden leaves and crisp white flowers lend lively accents. They can be sprinkled amid a mixed border, perennial bed or other plantings, melding well with flowers that include a broad color spectrum from blue-violet to purple and lilac, as well as clear pink and darker rose hues.  

Apart from adding more plants, there are a few simple maintenance techniques that will help your garden maintain a fresh appearance during the summer. The addition of a chipped-bark mulch or well-rotted compost early in the season, not only reduces water requirements throughout the warmer months, but promotes vigorous growth and peppy-looking foliage. Many perennials, such as Nepetas and Geraniums, can be trimmed in June or July. This midseason cut back ensures a tidy stature and more blooms, often all the way ‘til frost.

We hope some of the plants in this newsletter spark some interest and beckon you to dig them into that empty spot in your garden.  

 

 

 

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