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Flowers - Perennials (D to F)

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Unless otherwise noted, the following guides are for growing perennials from seed, and general care.




Daisy Fleabane [Erigeron speciosus]
Zone 4 - 9
Light: Full Sun to Light Shade
Planting Date: Spring

Large basal leaves produce upright stems and clusters of lavender blue daisy-like flowerheads. This versatile border perennial has the character of a wildflower and produces semi-double blooms from July-August. Prune immediately after flowering to promote reblooming. Grows 18-24" tall.

Sow indoors 8 weeks before planting out. Sow on surface; seed germinates at room temperature in 2 weeks. May also be direct seeded into the garden in early spring or early autumn. Hardened plants may be planted outside in early spring. Plant 12-24" apart in a full sun or light shade location. Fleabanes will grow in any soil as long as it is well drained. Very heat and drought tolerant and pest and disease free. Divide every 2-3 years in the spring or fall.




Delphinium - Magic Fountains Mix [Delphinium cultorum]
Zone 3 - 7
Light: Full Sun to Light Shade
Planting Date: Spring / Fall

A dwarf variety with large florets. Wide range of colours including, lilac, pink, sky blue, pure white, white with dark bee and dark blue with white bee. Stands up well in windy conditions. Height 30 inches.

Start inside 8-10 weeks before planting out. Lightly cover seeds, provide darkness and cool temperatures; 10-13°C (50-55°F). Should germinate in 2-3 weeks. May also be direct seeded outside in early spring or early autumn. Transplant outside in early spring, into a full sun to light shade location, 24" apart. Delphiniums prefer rich soil, so work in compost or manure. Add bone-meal each spring and fertilize regularly. Deadheading regularly will keep plants strong and healthy. Keep evenly moist. Avoid windy areas. Divide every 3 years. Usually needs staking.




Delphinium, Chinese [Delphinium grandiflorum]
Zone 3 - 7
Light: Full Sun to Light Shade
Planting Date: Spring / Fall

A perennial of unequalled beauty. Spurless, open true blue flowers appear at the ends of branched stems, blooming above finely divided, threadlike leaves. A classy, elegant plant for borders and splendid as cut flowers. Blooms most of the summer. Height 20".

Start inside 8-10 weeks before planting out. Lightly cover seeds, provide darkness and cool temperatures; 10-13°C (50-55°F). Should germinate in 2-3 weeks. May also be direct seeded outside in early spring or early autumn. Transplant outside in early spring, into a full sun to light shade location, 12" apart. Delphiniums prefer rich soil, so work in compost or manure. Add bone meal each spring and fertilize regularly. Deadheading regularly will keep Chinese delphiniums blooming all summer. Unlike the Elatum or Pacific Hybrids, these dwarf Delphiniums can withstand hot, dry conditions. Plants may be short lived so replace every 2-3 years. Watch out for slug damage!




Dianthus - Arctic Fire [Dianthus deltoides]
Zone 3 - 8
Light: Full Sun
Planting Date: Spring / Fall

Dainty white flowers, with a glowing cherry red eye, mound over low growing dark green foliage. Slender erect one inch blooms are produced in abundance throughout the summer. Height 6 inches.

Start inside 8-10 weeks before planting outside. Cover seed lightly and provide a soil temperature of 70°F. Should germinate in 1-2 weeks. May also be direct seeded outside in early spring or autumn. Transplant outside in early spring into a full sun location, 12" apart. Do not cut back plants in fall or spring, just trim flowerstalks after flowering. Divide in early spring every 3 years.




Diascia [Diascia barberae]
Zone 8 - 9
Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Planting Date: Spring

Also known as Twinspur, this is a very tender perennial. For most zones it is grown as an annual. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful trailing annual/perennial flowers. Slender spikes will be loaded with pretty, pink blooms resembling tiny foxgloves from early summer to frost. Low-growing and superb in containers and window boxes. Height 12-15". Start inside 6-8 weeks before last frost. Cover seed lightly and provide average temperatures; 18-21°C(65-70°F). Should germinate in 7-14 days. May be direct seeded in early to mid-spring after all risk of frost. Transplant outside after last frost into a full sun or part shade location, 12" apart. Prefers well-drained, rich soil that is not too dry. Pinch tips of young plants. Cut back if flowering slows down.




Echinacea [Echinacea purpurea]
Zone 3 - 9
Light: Full Sun
Planting Date: Spring / Fall

An original heirloom species which can be used as a herb. Large purple daisy-like blooms with spiky central cones. Height 24-30 inches.

Start inside 8-10 weeks before planting out. Cover lightly, provide darkness and warmth; 21-24°C (70-75°F). Germination may be erratic. May also be direct seeded in early spring or early autumn. Transplant outside in early spring into a full sun location, 24" apart. Echinacea is tolerant of dry soil. Divide every 3 years in early spring. Cut flowering stems to the ground in the fall.




Eragrostis (Sand Love Grass) [Cyperus eragrostis]
Zone 6 - 9
Light: Full Sun
Planting Date: Spring

Also known as Sand love grass. Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out. Cover with soil or vermiculite and keep warm at 22-27°C (72-80°F). Light is not required for germination. Keep humidiity high until seedlings appear, covering with a humidome or plastic cover is beneficial. When seedlings appear, supply light. Plant out after last frost date about 3-4 feet apart, into average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers sandy, fertile soil. Tolerates hot, dry sites. Will tolerate some shade (e.g., 1/4 day), but does poorly and will not flower well in too much shade. Cut back to ground in early spring before new growth appears. Grow as a specimaen plant or in mixed perennial borders.




Forget-Me-Not [Myosotis alpestris, Myosotis sylvatica]
Zone 3 - 9
Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Planting Date: Spring

Compact, ball shaped plants are massed with rich indigo blue flowers. Excellent for rock gardens and for cutting. Reseeds freely. Sow outdoors May-June. Height 6-8 inches.

Start inside 8-10 weeks before planting out. Lightly cover seed and provide an average soil warmth of 21°C (70°F). May also be direct seeded in early spring. Transplant in early spring into a full sun to part shade location, 6-8" apart. Must have moist soil and prefers cool location. If summers are hot, provide some shade. Self-seeds freely if you do not remove spent flowers.





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