The perennials used in the cool season may seem like the proverbial horticultural oxymoron, but that’s exactly what I’ve planted in my Zone 8a landscape in recent days. My favorite pansies are Goldilocks lysimachia, Lemon Coral sedum, Ogon Japanese sweet flag and Burgundy Glow ajuga.
The point is that you haven’t planted a pansy yet, but a fresh fruit of Supertunia petunia and Superbells calibrachoa. Last fall, the planted petunias and calibrachoa lasted until the inter-summer flood (a little exaggerated, but it rained more than I remember). Admittedly, flowering for over nine months has been incredible. Believe me, in a few weeks you will have a pansy and a viola.
Goldilocks Creeping Jenny
Goldilocks lysimachia, also known as Creeping Jenny, is simply stunning with its year-round toughness and dazzling color in the garden. I love the way it crashes into the edges of containers, stopping only when it hits the ground and then still growing. In the West Georgia area, I can have the most spectacular transformation from summer to winter. A cold kiss is like magic.
In summer, it offers chartreuse or lime green wherever you want. But in winter, it gives the closest color to the 24-carat gold bar found in the plant. Put it in boxes or baskets with blue, violet pansies and it will remind you of sapphires and gold. This award-winning plant is considered natural, but should not be, as it is perennial in the 3-10 range. zone.
Lemon Coral sedum
Lemon Coral sedum is a succulent plant that is 7-10. perennial from the zone and gives a soft, needle-like texture. I look at her beauty at least once or twice a year, and I just can’t believe it is perennial, not only with its foliage, but later with the billowing cloud of bright yellow flowers.
It also spreads out, but is more like a slow lava flow of lime that collapses gently through the edges of containers and baskets. In the landscape, lush lime forms a mulching rug. In my ground cover application, I was associated with Surefire Red Begonia. Oddly, I am also a third year old with these begonias.
Ogon sweet Japanese flag
This kind of Japanese sweet flag gives the garden and mixed pots an unbeatable fine grass element or texture. This is the plant that serves as the finishing touch for mixed pots. As beautiful as the design of the mixed container is, this little filler with “ta-da!” On it inscription consists of.
The Japanese sweet flag spreads from the apex of the rhizomes, much like the iris. They can be about 10 to 14 inches high, allowing you to use them as mulch. Perennial from zones 5-11. Never underestimate the power of a single small amount of grass in a mixed pot.
Burgundy Glow brain
In the end, I find that most gardeners simply don’t think of ajuga as a tank filler or soft spout. Funny to call it beetle. We plant it in difficult places in the landscape where nothing else grows. We love it when it blooms, but we don’t think about it in a mixed container in the cool season.
Burgundy Glow is an award-winning cold-tolerant variety recommended for Zones 4-11 and offers a variety of foliage that usually shows a healthy pink. The foliage is the perfect foil for the fine-textured ogon sweet flag and even the Goldilocks lysimachia.
All of these perennials offer the easiest propagation and use options in other parts of the landscape. The cool seasonal planting calendar is just beginning, and I ask you to incorporate these four perennials into your plans.
Norman Winter is a gardener, garden presenter, and author of “Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South” and “Capating Combinations: Color and Style in the Garden”. Follow him on Facebook: @NormanWinterTheGardenGuy.