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

By Carla Sharpe Published: June 7, 2014
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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!

Perennials

•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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