Echinacea purpurea Ruby Star
Echinacea purpurea – Ruby Star

Echinacea takes a wide array of conditions from average dry soil to medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full sun. Plant flowers best in full sun. Low-maintenance and tolerates drought, humidity, heat, poor soil. Resistant to pest and disease but sometimes susceptible to aster yellows disease. To encourage longer bloom time, flower heads can be deadheaded but not necessary. Seedheads are a delightful source of food for birds.

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Eutrochium purpureum – Purple Joe Pye Weed
Eutrochium purpureum – Purple Joe Pye Weed

Easily grown in average, medium moisture soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, fertile, humusy soils which do not dry out. Cut plants to the ground in late winter. Best propagated by stem cuttings. This species generally grows … Read More

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Lavandula angustifolia – Essence Purple
Lavandula angustifolia – Essence Purple

Common Name: Bee Balm This brand new series of SUGAR BUZZ® Monardas is perfectly suited to the middle of the flower border. All four unique colors in this series are similar in size, bloom time, and vigor, making it easy … Read More

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Monarda – SUGAR BUZZ Bubblegum Blast
Monarda – SUGAR BUZZ Bubblegum Blast

Common Name: Bee Balm This brand new series of SUGAR BUZZ® Monardas is perfectly suited to the middle of the flower border. All four unique colors in this series are similar in size, bloom time, and vigor, making it easy … Read More

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Monarda – SUGAR BUZZ Grape Gumball
Monarda – SUGAR BUZZ Grape Gumball

Common Name: Bee Balm This brand new series of SUGAR BUZZ® Monardas is perfectly suited to the middle of the flower border. All four unique colors in this series are similar in size, bloom time, and vigor, making it easy … Read More

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Monarda – SUGAR BUZZ Lilac Lollipop
Monarda – SUGAR BUZZ Lilac Lollipop

Common Name: Bee Balm This brand new series of SUGAR BUZZ® Monardas is perfectly suited to the middle of the flower border. All four unique colors in this series are similar in size, bloom time, and vigor, making it easy … Read More

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Monarda 'Pink Frosting'
Monarda – Sugar Buzz Pink Frosting

Common Name: Bee Balm The members of the SUGAR BUZZ® Series from the Walters Gardens, Inc. hybridizing program are perfectly suited to the middle of the flower border at 16-24” tall. All members in this series are similar in size, … Read More

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Phlox Fashionably Early Crystal
Phlox Fashionably Early Crystal

White globes of flowers with a faint purple eye float above leathery emerald green foliage about 2-3 weeks earlier than most summer phlox. An excellent hybrid of the paniculata types, this phlox begins blooming sooner and has far more mildew … Read More

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Senna hebecarpa – Wild Senna
Senna hebecarpa – Wild Senna

Host Plant – Sulphur, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur

Wild Senna is a versatile plant that we think deserves more recognition as a great choice for garden or restoration projects. Its lovely, bright yellow flowers bloom July-August, attracting many bees and butterflies. Autumn brings beautiful leaf colors and the formation of long black pods with seeds favored by larger birds like wild turkeys. A horizontal root system provides strength against winds, allowing the plant’s stately (4-6′) beauty to be appreciated even after the storm. Some gardeners use this sun-loving plant to form a hedge.

It is virtually indistinguishable from its relative, Maryland Senna (Senna marilandica) until the two species have ripe seeds. The Wild Senna will readily open its pod and the seeds will fall out, whereas the Maryland Senna seed pods will stay tightly closed.  Other than this, it is very hard to tell the two species apart.

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Solidago sphacelata – ‘Golden Fleece’ Dwarf Goldenrod
Solidago sphacelata – ‘Golden Fleece’ Dwarf Goldenrod

Another fantastic Mt. Cuba introduction. A stunning show of sprays of golden yellow flowers from mid-August through September. Semievergreen heart-shaped leaves. Truly an excellent groundcover and bee and butterfly charmer! Hairstreaks, sulphurs and skippers are particularly attracted to goldenrod. Monarchs visit it during their autumn migration.

Goldenrod Interesting Notes
Golden Fleece autumn goldenrod was discovered in 1985 as a spontaneous garden seedling in Eden, North Carolina. It was evaluated under diverse conditions at Mt. Cuba Center and determined to be a low-growing, compact form of the species suitable for use as an herbaceous perennial groundcover only reaching 18” tall. Multi-branched stems arise from basal rosettes of broadly rounded foliage and are covered with a profusion of golden-yellow floral spires from mid-September to October. It performs best in full sun with average moisture but is tolerant of a range of conditions from sunny and dry to partial shade. 'Golden Fleece' is hardy in zones 3-8. It won the Internationale Stauden-Union’s Award for an outstanding new plant in Switzerland in 1994. – Mt. Cuba Center

In many of the gardens I design, I use goldenrod to give late summer and fall gardens just the right autumnal color. Luckily for urban dwellers with limited gardening space, goldenrod also can be grown quite successfully in a container. Beautiful in the garden, goldenrod does double-duty as a long-lived cut flower. In Europe, where goldenrod has long been shown the appreciation it deserves, it is sold by the bunch, and gardening catalogs offer more cultivars than are available in the States.

Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Native to calcarous woodlands and rocky pastures from Virginia to Illinois south to Kentucky and Georgia. Prefers somewhat fertile, sandy, well-drained soils in full sun. Propagate by seed or division every 3-4 years. Cut back to encourage rebloom. Used in butterfly and wild gardens or as a groundcover or border perennial.

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