Last week I introduced a few shrubs that we are excited to add to our list of “Hillside Hotshots”. This week I will be highlighting the new perennial and ornamental grass additions.
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Beautiful and easy to maintain Salvia is a stunning early season bloomer. It’s minty smell makes it deer resistant and it’s bright purple flower will make it your new favorite. If cut back in spring after it’s first bloom, it will often bloom again in late summer, early fall. This variety is more compact and upright that others.
Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’
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This very long blooming perennial is fuzzy making it also deer resistant. Getting 2′ to 3′ tall over time it makes a stunning backdrop for shorter perennials. It will amaze you with the amount of blooms per plant featuring red, orange and yellow flowers all at the same time! Helenium will bloom almost two months in our area.
Panicum ‘North Wind’ and ‘Dallas Blues’
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These two members of the switch grass family are great upright elements in any full sun landscape. ‘North Wind’ gets 4′ tall plus and features wide blades and a beautiful airy plume that dries well. ‘Dallas Blues’ features pretty blue-green foliage. Both are deer resistant and native.
We hope that you enjoy these new additions and that you will try a few of them out this season. For the entire list of ‘Hillside Hotshots” stop in or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org