As mentioned previously, I recently planted some new (to me) varities of perennials in my garden.  Salvia nemerosa or Meadow Sage is a low growing plant with blue spires.  It’s perfect for borders and seems to hold its blooms for a longer time than some.  The average height of the plant is 8-10″ tall and can spread to 18″ wide.  Salvia prefers well-drained soil and I used peat moss to amend the existing garden soil.  Peat moss is a natural organic soil amendment that, when mixed with your regular garden soil, seems to create a happy environment for the plants.  Full sun is ideal but the plant will tolerate some shade.

The second perennial on my list of easy care plants is the Angelonia. My nursery stocked 3 different colors, violet, white and pink.  The plant has small clusters of  flowers on spikes.  The leaves on the plant are delicate and the prettiest color of emerald green.  I have had experience with this perennial during my landscape days.  Once the plant begins to look leggy and disorderly you only have to cut it back and it will send new growth.  I would leave at least 6-8″ of height when you cut it back.  It will reward you with new growth and begin to bloom again.  It is a solid performer in the garden and rests in the winter months, which works for me since I’m in the garden less during those months.  The average height is 12″ and will prosper if planted with some composted planting mix to enrich the soil.

To be continued…