perennials

More cut flowers by Brooke

Happy belated fourth everyone!  I hope your holiday was filled with lots of fireworks and ice cream and barbecues.  And lounging, of course.  Lots and lots of lounging.  

Meanwhile, I have a few more pictures of cut flowers, or in this case, cut foliage for the home.  Those of you who don't have beautiful flowers growing in your garden, can still add pretty greenery.  Here are a few simple ideas:

 

First with a fern:

flower arrangement

 

Or here with this swiss cheese plant:

flower arrangement

So simple.

 

Other great foliage for fillers or just as a single leaf (like these) would be hosta, daylily leaves or heuchera.  Or if you are looking to plant some nice perennials that are great for cuttings, I like penstemon, peonies, allium, sedum, lavender or delphinium.  Fun to have these in your yard and easy to fill a vase when you are entertaining.

 

Would be the perfect decor for a backyard 4th of July party.  Next year, right?

happy fourth by Brooke

  Hoping your holiday is filled with lots of sunburns, swimming, ice cream, fireworks, watermelon, burgers, and lots of red, white, and blue.  I gathered together some of my favorite red, white and blue flowers.  Would be fun to have these all blooming together for the holiday, wouldn't it?

Reds:

1. Clematis.  Perfect for training on walls and arbors.

2. Coral Bells, Firefly.

3. Kniphofia, Nancy Red

 

Whites:

4. Allium.  These creamy whites make a great cut flower.

5. Armeria maritima, 'Alba'. Pretty groundcover that forms neat mounds.

6. White Fountain Gaura

 

Blues:

7. Sedum, Blue Spruce and Lidakense.

8. Dwarf Blue Artic Willow.  Can be found in shrub or tree form.

9. Cobalt Blue Primrose.

Firewitch by Brooke

Despite what the name may have you believe, these little firewitch bundles are lovely.  We put these online casino in rows throughout a backyard in River Heights today.  They stay pretty tidy, only spreading 6" x 12" and they bloom through May and June.  But the foliage looks nice even without the flower.

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Love the color.  Have a great weekend!

loving those peonies by sadie

Speaking of peonies, just came across these gorgeous images.  Love the idea of clipping some of these beauties off the back patio and filling a vase on the kitchen table.  So pretty.  It's nice when beautiful landscaping transfers well into the home.

Here with roses:

with thistles:

on the dining table:

This might even make mac & cheese look fancy.

 

In the car:

Would love to see this in the back of my car.  A nice replacement for spilled cheerios and wads of paper.  Plus I'll bet these would make an awesome air freshener.

 

Check out some more photos and flower arrangements here.

 

 

our favorites by admin

Peony, Sunset, and Iris Perennial Flowers 1. Agastache Sunset 2. Paeonia Takara (Peony) 3. Iris Pallida Variegated (Iris)

 

Here are a few of my perennial favorites lately.  These are sort of our fallback perennials because they always look good and are easy to care for.  In fact, we have a bunch of the sunset and peonies coming in this week for some clients.  It's always exciting to see the truckload pull up. Ok, daunting, too. Here's a little more about each:

 

Love the peony. It's a cross between a tree peony and a herbaceous peony so the flowers are a bit different. It blooms more than once, which is always something I look for in a perennial. And the stems won't flop with the weight of the flowers like the herbaceous ones do.

 

I never tire of the Sunset. This perennial is hardy and drought resistant. It loves the heat and will bloom all summer long. The colors are nice, too. Orange and purple. Putting some of these in this week. I'll try to snap a pic.

 

Some think of the iris as being old fashioned but I love to use this variegated variety in mass. It is very dramatic and gives it a fresh, modern touch. I like the foliage even better than the flower, so even after it blooms, it is still awesome.