Ending the last week of National Perennial Month with Alcea Rosea - Hollyhock. This time tested garden favorite may be considered a short lived perennial but can last for many years if cut down to the base after flowers fade. Growing 5'-9", Hollyhock makes an excellent screening plant. This beauty is very easy to grow in full sun with blooms starting mid-summer and going through early fall. Planting Hollyhock can be done in the spring or fall in almost any soil making this a very tolerant perennial. You can't go wrong with this tall beauty in your garden. Best if propagated by seed, plant seedlings two years in a row so you'll have lots of plants every year.
Continuing National Perennial Month (week 3) with Nepeta, Walker's Low Catmint. With deep dark purple flowers that bloom in late spring, this resilient perennial is a must for any garden. Walker's low is drought resistant, so it will forgive those forgetful gardeners. This perennial is also deer and rabbit resistant so not to worry about our wildlife friends. Walker's Low will mature at about 24" tall and 18" wide. It does well in most soils which makes it a great beginner plant for the novice to master gardener. Catmint loves full sun but will perform well with part sun. Add this perennial to any garden and you won't be disappointed!
Continuing National Perennial Month with Echinacea Purpurea, Purple Coneflower. This long lasting, showy purple flower is native to Eastern North America, growing approximately 2-5' tall and blooming early to mid summer. An adaptable plant that is drought, heat, humidity and poor soil tolerant, prefers soil that is well-drained in full sun. Purple Coneflower makes for great fresh cut flowers, but also for massing in the borders, native plant gardens, wildflower areas, meadows, or woodland gardens. This flower is considered aggressive, spreading rapidly and best combined with Black-eyed Susans. Fun Fact - The genus name of Echinacea evolves from the Greek word Echinos, which means hedgehod or sea-urchin. This refers to the spiny center cone found on most flowers within this genus.