Three deer-resistant perennials will be among the plants for
sale April 23, 2016 in a free Garden Marketplace that will be
part of the Western Pennsylvania Garden and Landscape Symposium.
From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., hard-to-find perennials, annuals, shrubs
and trees grown or selected by Penn State Master Gardeners will
be sold along with garden books, tools and accessories at
Shadyside Academy’s Roy McKnight Hockey Center, 423 Fox Chapel
Road, Fox Chapel 15238. At the symposium nearby, a roster of
garden speakers will be featured (see story below). Free parking
for Garden Marketplace customers is available in a lot adjacent
to the ice rink.
More on plants for sale that day:
‘Amber Moon’ astilbe’s
foliage emerges bright chartreuse with a narrow red edge. In
midsummer, its leaves turn green and it sends up blush-red stems
topped with rose-pink bottlebrush flowers. Vigorous and
heat-tolerant, this astilbe reaches 30 inches tall with an
18-inch spread. It can handle part to full shade and likes
consistently moist, organic-rich soil.
‘Diane’s Gold’ Siberian bugloss
(Brunnera macrophylla) retains its broad, chartreuse leaves
throughout the year. Sky blue, forget-me-not flowers hover above
the golden foliage in late spring. It matures to 12 inches tall
by 24 inches wide and grows best in part to full shade in
organic, well-drained soil.
‘Sun King’ Japanese spikenard
(Aralia cordata) quickly grows into a 3-foot tall and wide clump
but may reach 6 feet tall after several years. This plant’s
tropical vibe makes it a stunning accent or focal point.
Two-foot spikes of clustered, tiny white flowers bloom in
summer, followed by ornamental purple-black berries that birds
love. ‘Sun King’ is best grown in part sun to light shade. An
hour of morning sun each day helps maintain that golden glow all
The master gardeners will also have two
sun-loving perennials that attract pollinators while not
New York ironweed
(Vernonia noveboracensis) is a handsome choice for the back of a
garden border. This low-maintenance native perennial has tall,
leafy stems that reach 4-6 feet. In late summer to early fall,
its stems are topped by broad, flat clusters of brilliant purple
flower heads that attract butterflies and other pollinators.
After blooming, clip off the heads to avoid unwanted
self-seeding. It grows best in full sun but will tolerate light
shade. The strong stems do not need to be staked or supported.
‘Blue Boa’ and ‘Kudos Coral’ anise hyssop
(Agastache). This easy-to-grow, hardy perennial is both a
pollinator’s and a gardener’s dream. It provides summer-long
nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other pollinating
insects. And it gives gardeners long-blooming, fragrant, showy
flowers with bright green foliage that neither deer nor rabbits
has violet-blue, 5-inch long flower spikes on stems covered with
anise-scented leaves. It grows to almost 3 feet tall and 16
features tangerine buds that open to coral pink flowers. It
reaches only 16 inches high and 14 inches wide and has honey-
and mint-scented leaves.
Sedum for Late Summer