Pentas: Its a sure bet for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds in need of a snack. Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide Zones: but usually grown as an annual Grow it with: Angelonia for an easy-
Geranium (cranesbill) ‘Rozanne’, although not new to 2012 (it was the 2008 Perennial Plant of the year), is is a billowing purple border plant that blooms from early summer right up until frost. The newest addition to my garden.
Peony and Iris border: Neighbors down the street have an old stone wall out by the road. A border of pink peonies and various shades of purple and lilac irises grows in front of it. What a glorious sight it is each year.
GoldDust Mecardonia The Mecardonia hybrid from Proven Winners is often overlooked but shouldn’t be. The GoldDust hybrid, with its bright yellow flowers and rich green foliage, is perfect trailing from a window box or hanging basket, or as groundcover.
Red Bee Balm is striking, with rich red fluted spider like flowers. This native perennial brings long lasting color from mid-summer thru late summer. Bee Balm is perfect for planting in the back of a perennial garden to offset smaller flowers.