Delightful, easy-to-grow plants for your garden – Gardening with Nature

Delightful, easy-to-grow plants for your garden – Gardening with Nature

Well, it’s that exciting time of year again as we begin preparing for the Okanagan Xeriscape Society’s spring plant.

Last week, I purchased my first set of plant plugs from a wholesaler. Plugs are essentially small plants that we then pot to grow larger, in preparation for purchasing them at sale. Depending on the size and strength of the plugs, they are placed in either four-inch or gallon pots.

This year we have three different types of Coreopsis available. Coreopsis, also known as Tickseed, is a genus of perennial herbaceous plants in the Asteraceae family.

Asteraceae or Compositae is the largest family of flowering plants and includes the daisy, sunflower, and aster families.

The genus name originates from the Greek words meaning “insect-like” and refers to the seed heads that resemble an insect or tick.

Coreopsis is an amazing addition to your perennial summer border because it requires little but provides so much. Its reliable, long-lasting daisy-like flowers are produced from early summer through fall if it dies after its initial bloom.

Coreopsis will show best when placed in full sun, meaning at least six hours of direct sunlight, but it can tolerate partial sun but you will simply see fewer flowers.

These perennials are not fussy about soil and tolerate poor, rocky soil. Coreopsis will welcome bees, butterflies and birds to your garden and will normalize over time to provide you with years of beauty.

They do not have any serious pest or disease problems but may develop crown rot when over-watered in heavy clay soil.

It is increasingly difficult to classify anything in the garden as “deer resistant” but Coreopsis is generally ignored by deer. All of the Coreopsis species listed below will typically survive Okanagan winters.

• Coreopsis pubescens “Sunshine Superman” or Star Tickseed is a native perennial wildflower native to the central and southeastern United States where it is found in areas with rocky, dry soil.

Sunshine Superman is more compact and flowering than the Coreopsis species, reaching one foot tall and up to eight inches wide. These herbaceous perennials feature an abundance of one-inch golden yellow flowers with serrated petals and an orange central disk. Sunshine Superman is ideal for lawn or natural area planting.

• Coreopsis hybrida ‘Uptick Cream and Red’ impresses with an impressive display of large pale cream flowers with a deep burgundy central patch and yellow eye. These pollen-rich flowers attract a wide variety of beneficial insects as the plant reaches one foot in height and width. Uptick Cream and Red is perfectly located at the front of your permanent border.

Over the past few years, the Uptick series has won an impressive list of landscape industry awards.

• Since I love all shades of red, my personal favorite is Coreopsis verticillata “Sizzle and Spice Hot Paprika.” Coreopsis verticillata or Threadleaf Coreopsis is native to eastern North America and features delicious, thread-like foliage that provides a nice contrast to plants with heavier foliage even when not in bloom. The Sizzle and Spice Hot Paprika cultivar is small enough to fit into small gardens up to 18 inches high and 2 feet wide with eye-catching 1.5-inch flowers of a deep, rich red color.

Exact date for selling the plant

We have scheduled May 11th as the date for our annual spring plant sale which will be held at Wild Bloom Nursery located at 840 Old Vernon Road. Membership in OXA has many benefits, and as in years past, we will be holding a members-only preview on the Friday afternoon before the sale. Follow us on our social media accounts to know all the upcoming details.

The Okanagan Xeriscape Society is grateful for the ongoing financial support of the Okanagan Basin Water Board and is proud to collaborate with them on the Make Water Work campaign.

This article was written by or on behalf of an external columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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