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Shady Acres Nursery

Marie Iannotti is a life-long gardener and a veteran Master Gardener with nearly three decades of experience. She's also an author of three gardening books, a plant photographer, public speaker, and a former Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulture Educator. Marie's garden writing has been featured in newspapers and magazines nationwide and she has been interviewed for Martha Stewart Radio, National Public Radio, and numerous articles.Greek valerian thrives in USDA Zones 4 to 9, reaching a height of about 30 inches and spread of 2 feet. This woodland-type wildflower grows well in average well-drained soil in shady locations where few flowering plants thrive, provided the soil is kept consistently moist. This can be a slightly temperamental garden plant, reacting badly to soil that is too dry or too wet, or to a climate that is too hot or too humid. Deadheading spent flowers in the spring may prompt a second bloom period.Jacob’s Ladder Plant (Succisa pratensis) is a common 4-7 foot tall flowering evergreen that grows robust and dense foliage along the ground. The plant consists of glossy, dark green leaves ascending along a climbing stem with funnel-shaped flowers in spring.

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Greek valerian thrives in USDA Zones 4 to 9, reaching a height of about 30 inches and spread of 2 feet. This woodland-type wildflower grows well in average well-drained soil in shady locations where few flowering plants thrive, provided the soil is kept consistently moist. This can be a slightly temperamental garden plant, reacting badly to soil that is too dry or too wet, or to a climate that is too hot or too humid. Deadheading spent flowers in the spring may prompt a second bloom period. A closely related plant is Pelamonium reptans, a native wildflower of eastern North America. It has a similar appearance to P. caeruleum, but it is somewhat shorter and even more tolerant of cool conditions. It is a short-lived perennial, however, often behaving as a biennial. The native species is rarely planted in gardens, but there are some good cultivated varieties available, including 'Blue Pearl' and 'Brise d'Anjou'. Despite the name, this plant does not spread by creeping rhizomes, but it spreads readily by self-seeding.

This herbaceous perennial is a spring ephemeral wildflower. Its flowering stems are low to the ground, but also tend to droop to the side, giving the plant a sprawling look. The flowers are a shade of blue that is seldom seen in the forest. Comprised of five petals that are bell-shaped (campanulate), they occur in loose panicles of nodding inflorescences. The stigma extends beyond the stamens, preventing self-pollination.Jacob’s-ladder is a great and very easy going plant. It forms clumps of arching leaves, each of which carries two rows of long, pointed green leaflets. These serried ranks of leaflets give the impression of a ladder, hence the common name. In spring, tall stems clothed with similar leaves arise from the centre of the plant and are topped by a cluster of large and beautiful flowers. The five rounded petals of each one are a soft blue or bluish-purple – a rare colour in our flora - and the flowers are set off perfectly by a central spray of prominent orangey-yellow stamens. Several flowers open at a time and the display continues for weeks as new buds open in succession. (Source: plantlife.love-wildflowers.org.uk)

 

 

 

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