Easy-care, low-maintenance roses always add beauty to our yards. Knock Out (reddish pink flowers) and Home Run (flame red flowers) are disease resistant and are summer long bloomers averaging around three feet tall.
Sedum are extremely easy to grow. They prefer a well-drained soil, but can tolerate rainy weather as well. Sedum look especially good in a small mass planting that takes center stage in autumn. Because they look good all season, Sedum are suitable for edging, specimen plants and containers. A few varieties are:
Elsie’s Gold – Soft pink flowers atop variegated green with gold-edged foliage.
Pink Bomb – everything you love about Autumn Joy in a smaller package. It is cute and compact with pink flowers.
Postman’s Pride – Deep purple foliage grows 18- 24″ tall covered with pinkish red flowers. Postman’s Pride is an excellent addition to any garden needing added color.
Hungry for Echinacea? Consider Tomato Soup, Tangerine Dream or Mac & Cheese to add beautiful, warm color to your gardens.
How about a new shade grass? Pennsylvania Sedge carex pensylvanica is a low growing native sedge that will grow in full sun (if irrigated) to full shade, average to sandy soil. Its foliage is bright green, narrow and slightly arching blades 10″ in height if not mowed.
Rhododendrons can be planted in the yard as specimen plants. Or they can be planted as a part of the landscape and planted in a border or foundation planting with other shrubs. However you use Rhodies you’ll enjoy the beauty they bring to your yard.
As you give some thought to your landscape, keep in mind, there’s always room for more!