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OKC Beautiful garden tips: Here are some more 'garden treasures' to try

By Carla Sharpe Published: June 7, 2014

Last month I gave you part of Loretta Aaron’s famous “garden treasures” list of perennial and annual flowers to try. Since many of us are still buying plants for our gardens, I thought I’d give you several more of Loretta Aaron’s ideas from her list.

And one more tip: remember that with hot, muggy weather in June and July, we can quickly see fungal problems — especially on roses and crepe myrtles. Search for my article published in May on fungal diseases so you’ll know what to do to prevent fungal diseases in your garden!


•Platycodon: “Balloon Flower.” Many varieties are available. All do great in our area. Provide support for all except the dwarf blue Mariesi. Colors: pink, white and blue. Bloom: mid-summer. Pest: red spider mite.

•Geranium: Perennial. Several varieties. Dwarf to about 15 inches tall. Colors: pink, rose, magenta and blue. Shade or part sun. No insects or diseases.

•Astilbe: Feathery plumes atop attractive foliage. Prefers shade, with organic, acid soil.

•Hosta: A large family of plants with spectacular foliage, variegated, green, yellow, blue and green, with graceful spires of white, lavender or blue blooms. Shade and prefers acid soil.

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