Common Zone 5 Perennials – Perennial Flowers For Zone 5 Gardens
Zone 5: perennial flowers for gardeners with limited space and time. These are plants that will grow well in most zones. They have short growing season (usually only one or two months) but they produce prolifically. Some examples of common zone 5 perennials include:
1. Blue Flag Orchids
Blue flag orchid is native to Mexico. It grows in a wide range of soils and prefers moist soil. Its blooms last for several weeks and then drop off leaving behind small blue flowers which are edible. A very popular choice among gardeners because it’s easy to grow, produces large numbers of flowers, lasts long, and is attractive even during hot weather.
Catmint is native to North America. It grows best in full sun, but tolerates partial shade. It has a long flowering period lasting from three to six months. It makes a nice addition to any landscape where it doesn’t compete with other plants.
3. Dutch Iris
The Dutch iris is a very popular choice for gardeners who want to fill up their gardens with beautiful flowers. It prefers full sun and well drained soil, but will tolerate partial shade. Its bulbs are edible, so don’t be surprised if you see some wild deer munching on it from time to time.
4. Drumstick Allium
The drumstick allium is one of the most common choices for a long lasting cut flower. It grows best in full sun and has a long vase life.
5. Firewitch Delphinium
The firewitch delphinium is an excellent cut flower that also attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. It prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade. This is a very tall plant, so be sure to give it plenty of room.
6. Garlic Chives
Garlic chives are a type of onion that can either be picked and eaten or leave them in the ground and use them as a pretty ornamental plant. They prefer full sun and have a long vase life.
7. Japanese Iris
The Japanese iris is a classic addition to any garden and has been popular for more than three hundred years. It prefers moist soil but doesn’t like to have its roots sit in water.
8. Pearl Bush
The pearl bush is a very popular cut flower and grows best in full sun. It’s a good choice for gardeners with limited space because it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.
9. Oriental Poppy
The Oriental poppy is an old-fashioned favorite that produces vibrant flowers through most of the summer. It’s very easy to grow and will thrive even in poor quality soil as long as it’s not poorly drained.
10. Shasta Daisies
Shasta daisies are one of the most popular summer flowers and bloom from early spring all the way into fall until the first frost hits. It will thrive in most types of soil as long as it’s not too poorly drained.
Welcome to My Lovely Garden – Bringing Order To Your Yard
Organizing your garden doesn’t need to be expensive or time consuming. It’s all a matter of getting creative.
Landscape Design On A Shoestring
If you’re like most people and don’t have a lot of money, you’ll want to make your land look attractive without spending a fortune. Good thing you’ve found this book! Here you’ll learn how to make your yard look great using a variety of different ideas.
One way to add distinction between areas in your yard is to create paths. You can either dig them out of the ground or keep them at the same level as the rest of your yard. If you decide to make paths out of the ground, pick a theme and stick with it. For example, you may want to make all your paths in the shape of arrows.
It’s all up to you!
Use Edging To Create Formal Borders
If you like the look of a formal garden with nicely trimmed hedges, then borders are what you need.
Sources & references used in this article:
Herbaceous perennial plants: A treatise on their identification, culture, and garden attributes by AM Armitage – 2011 – Timber Press
Wyman’s gardening encyclopedia by AM Armitage – 2008 – books.google.com
Flower Gardening in the Hot Midwest: USDA Zone 5 and Lower Zone 4 by J Hudak – 1993 – Timber Press
100 Cold Hardy Trees, Perennials, and Shrubs for Kittitas County by D Wyman – 1986 – books.google.com
Effect of overwintering systems on 30 species of herbaceous perennials by LL Hillegass – 2000 – books.google.com
Perennial All-stars: The 150 Best Perennials for Great-looking, Trouble-free Gardens by P Andersen, M Gardener, M Vathauer – extension.wsu.edu