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 NewsOK.com 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.
•Sanvitalia: “Mandarin Orange.” All-American award winning annual for 1987. Neat compact, free flowering plants in vivid orange. Full sun, and will bloom until frost. Grow from seed or bedding plants. A really great new annual.
•Nierembergia: “Purple Robe.” A fool-proof annual, easy to grow from seed. Full sun for borders. Grows in neat mounds, only 9 inches tall, completely covered with single purple blooms. No insects or diseases. Grow from seed or look for bedding plants. Will re-seed.
•Tithonia: A very tall annual for background. Single orange blooms resembling velvet. Full sun, great for cutting. Will grow to 6 feet tall. Stake if needed.
For 21 years, Loretta Aaron, an Oklahoma City gardening expert, was a beloved and well-known gardening columnist for The Oklahoman. Loretta died in 2009. With the permission of Loretta’s family, we will reprint some of Loretta’s words of gardening wisdom.