To me, there’s nothing better than shopping for the garden in May. No matter how many plants I have, I can always find room for a few more (or a lot more)!
However, it’s important to keep in mind that not everything that’s available at our local nurseries will necessarily do well in Oklahoma City.
Do a little research before you give in to an impulse buy.
Here is part of a list of plants that do great in Oklahoma City that I got years ago from Loretta Aaron. Take this list with you when you go shopping for plants, and you won’t go wrong.
• Campanula Glomerata: double bell flower, referred to as “clustered.” Very showy, 18 to 20 inches tall. Plant in shade or part sun.
• Campanula Persicifolia: Blue or white bell flowers. Plant in shade and acid soil.
• Cerastium: “Snow in Summer.” A great plant for the perennial border or rock garden. Full sun and good drainage required. Wooly gray foliage covered for many weeks with white blooms.
• Achilla or Yarrow: Drought-resistant perennials for full sun. Foliage is very attractive. Summer blooming. Colors: white, rose, pink and yellow.
Mimulus: “Monkey Flower.” A very showy shade annual. Two-inch flowers in a wide range of colors, and many interesting color combinations.
• Lisianthus: “Prairie Rose.” Half-hardy annual, best treated as an annual in our area. Full sun or partial shade. 18” tall, with large flowers in pink, white, or purple. Long blooming period.
• Nicotiana: “Nicki Red.” A dwarf of a popular shade plant. Short, heaving blooming, and very fragrant. Other varieties are very good too. Will re-seed.
• Cosmos: “Sunny Red.” Award-winning annual introduced in 1986. Medium height, no staking required. Semi-double orange and red blooms. Free flowering, for full sun areas. Will re-seed.
•Neighborhood Alliance, OKC Beautiful and The Oklahoma City Community Foundation are pleased to feature OKC Parks on this year’s Beautification Station bus tour. The tour will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17. Advance registration is required.
•OKC Beautiful will host the 15th annual Mayors’ Golf Tournament with Mayor Mick Cornett on June 9. The purpose of this scramble tournament is to raise funds for OKC Beautiful programs, including Adopt-A-Park, Landscapes, LitterBlitz, Teen Board, MOB Young Professionals and Mother Earth.
All of these programs serve to beautify our community and instill those passions in our youth.
Contact Brittany Earnest, OKC Beautiful Marketing & Events Manager, for more information on upcoming events or volunteer opportunities at 525-8822 or Brittany@okcbeautiful.com.
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.