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Wednesday - February 18, 2009

From: Quakertown, PA
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Container Gardens
Title: Container plants for Bucks County, PA
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

I live in Bucks County, PA and I would like to have a garden, but do not have a green thumb. Which plants come back each year that survive in large pots. Are daisies also a good choice for my garden? (They are my favorite).

ANSWER:

We are always happy to help new gardeners. The first thing we want to impress on you is that the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will recommend only plants native not only to North America but to the area in which they are being grown. Because these plants are already accustomed by many years of surviving in an area to the rainfall, temperatures and soils, they will need less fertilizer, water and maintenance to flourish. We would like you to begin by reading our How-To Article on A Guide to Native Plant Gardening. Next, our How-To Article on Container Gardening With Native Plants will offer you some help with that subject. 

You are obviously interested in perennials that will be dormant in the cold weather, but return in the Spring. You didn't specify if these plants would be in shade or sun, so we will go to our Recommended Species section, click on Pennsylvania on the map, and then NARROW YOUR SEARCH, selecting on "Herbs" (herbaceous flowering plants) under Habit. From that list, we'll select some that we think you would like, but you can use the same process to make your own selection. Follow the links to the webpage on each individual plant to get more information. There are dozens of flowers with the word "daisy" in their common names, many of them non-native to North America. We will look for a daisy-like flower that would do well in Pennsylvania. These plants are all commercially available, and if you have difficulty locating them, go to our Native Plant Suppliers location, type in your town and state in the "Enter Search Location" box and you will get a list of native plant nurseries, seed suppliers and landscape and environment consultants in your general area.

PLANTS FOR CONTAINER GARDENING IN PENNSYLVANIA

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Aquilegia canadensis (red columbine)

Campanulastrum americanum (American bellflower)

Conoclinium coelestinum (blue mistflower)

Coreopsis lanceolata (lanceleaf tickseed)

Lobelia cardinalis (cardinalflower)

Rudbeckia hirta (blackeyed Susan)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)


Achillea millefolium

Aquilegia canadensis

Campanulastrum americanum

Conoclinium coelestinum

Coreopsis lanceolata

Lobelia cardinalis

Rudbeckia hirta

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

 

 

 

 

 

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