- Heucheras are perennial plants that need occasional dividing every 3-4 years. They grow outward and eventually leave an open center section that can be covered back up with soil and encourages to grow back. I prefer dividing them in the spring time by digging the plant up and separating the rooted sections into individual plants with pruners. They don't divide as easily as daylilies or hostas might but can be successfully propagated through division. There are many neat varieties to try and more are being made every year. I added 'Paris' and ' Georgia Peach' to our corner shade garden this year. We also have 'Mocha', 'Katelyn', 'Southern Comfort', 'Dale's Strain', 'Palace Purple', 'Mystic Angel' and a few others.
- Switchgrasses are the awesome alternative to miscanthus which has become invasive in many states. Switchgrasses are native grasses that provide nesting locations for ground nesting birds and other wildlife but they also make a fantastic ornamental grass! 'Northwind' is a good upright bluish colored switchgrass as is 'Heavy Metal'. I'm a big fan of 'Shenandoah' for its fall color.
- Hostas have been a garden favorite of many gardeners for many years and continue to be one of my favorites! I've been hosta challenged over the years with a garden that has little shade and hosta predators like deer and rabbits. The shade situation is better now but there's no getting rid of the deer and rabbits. Creatively interplanting hostas with heucheras has helped as the deer and rabbits are not terribly fond of huecheras. Hellebores aren't something deer or rabbits eat either and make good companion plants for hostas.
- Native Plants are becoming increasingly popular these days for good reason. Native plants do better in our climate since they have adapted to live here over the centuries. They are capable of growing in our challenging soils and take the heat and humidity better than many exotics. I'm trying to add more and more native plants to our garden as I go which I think makes my job as a gardener a whole lot easier! This year I added a red buckeye to the garden near the shed. It's a small tree/shrub that gets beautiful red tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds.
'Shasta' Doublefile Viburnum
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