If you are a gardener in Northeast Ohio, have you ever wondered what flowers are especially good for this climate and yet as carefree as possible? We do love to garden, but sometimes it gets so overwhelming! We want beauty for sure, but we also want low maintenance!
I asked Mary Slingluff, owner of Avalon Gardens this question. These are her picks to give us both beauty and carefree flower enjoyment.
1. Echinacea Purpurea
Purple cone flower. It is beautiful and it will thrive in our soils. It grows in many soil conditions and will grow in both sun and bright shade. The best part is the fall when the birds come to eat the huge cone shaped seed heads.
Milk weeds. We need monarchs – they need milkweed. The swamp milkweed is beautiful and very hardy. Gorgeous pink flower.
3. Baptisia Australis
False indigo. Tough as nails, this great indigo blue flower also has a seed pod which is great for drying. Its foliage is beautiful and we use it a lot in our flower arrangements. Supports early butterflies and is a great nectar source for bees.
There are tall and short varieties and they come in the most beautiful colors of pinks and purples. They really color up the fall border. Bee and butterfly favorite.
These bloom from June to frost and are available in many foliage types and flower colors. Absolute workhorse for the garden!
All these are natives, thrive in our soils, require less watering and survive our extreme weather.
Avalon Gardens is a full service nursery offering professional gardening advice and information, sustainable landscape design, specialty garden designs as well as organically grown native Northeast Ohio plants. At Avalon Gardens they grow their own, so you know you’re getting the best quality and selection! Starting in the glorious days of spring, you’ll find hundreds of varieties of perennials, shrubs, trees, grass, and hostas.
Stop by and check out some of these carefree plants. And if you have any gardening questions, Mary is the one to ask!
12511 Fowlers Mill Road
Chardon, OH 44024