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 A Note from Kay Johns

Now that the holidays are over, Spring is on my mind.  Our collegiate work force (our triplet granddaughters) are home on Christmas break and are busily labeling thousands of pots in preparation for planting that will begin in February.

Each year at this time I formulate a planting strategy that will add more interest and beauty to our gardens.  This year I plan to concentrate on adding more architectural perennials to our garden.

In my mind an architectural perennial is one that looks and acts like a shrub in the landscape, but is herbaceous and must be cut to the ground each year.

The reasons for using architectural perennials are many.

  • They add needed structure to a garden design.

  • They make a dramatic statement in the garden.

  • Since they are cut down yearly, they do not outgrow their spot as readily.

  • There is less maintenance.  There is no pruning other than cutting to the ground.

Listed below are plants that work well in this capacity.  Try to incorporate a few in your garden this gardening season for a colorful, dramatic impact!

  Acanthus spinosus
Amsonia tabernaem
Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’
mage courtesy of  Walters  Gardens Inc.
Baptisia ‘Grape Taffy’
  Baptisia ‘Lavender Stardust 
Baptisia ‘Solar Flare’

Image courtesy of  Walters  Gardens Inc.

Baptisia australis

Image courtesy of  Walters  Gardens Inc
Chrysanthemum 'Sheffield Pink 
Flipendula rubra ‘Venusta’
Lavandula x intermedia  ‘Phenomenal’ 
Persicaria polymorpha

Image courtesy of  Creek Hill Nursery

Rudbeckia lancinata ‘Autumn Sun’

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