OKC Beautiful's Gardening Tip of the Month: It's Planting Time!

Oklahoman Published: May 10, 2014

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.

Perennials

• 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.

Annuals

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.