New to the scene a few years ago was the Intersectional, or Itoh Peonies. These are hybrids between the herbaceous (one that dies back in the winter) and the tree peony. They have the huge gorgeous flowers of the tree peony and the easy care of the old fashioned peonies. The Itoh peonies are very popular because of this rugged habit, the incredible flowers and the attractive foliage. It is an outstanding and durable landscape plant.
Among others, there are:
- Bartzella – vivid lemony yellow color and fragrance
- Cora Louise – Soft white to pink-lavender petals that look like a watercolor painting.
- Kopper Kettle – the most unique golden copper colored, semi-double blooms
Proper soil preparation and planting will ensure beauty and success with peonies.
* Be sure to plant in full sun, at least six hours a day of direct sun.
* Amend the planting area with plenty of compost, about a 50/50 mix of good rich compost and existing soil.
* Add a high phosphorous organic fertilizer into the hole and swish it around before planting the root ball.
* Make sure the crown (where the roots meet the stem) is at or just above the soil line…peonies don’t like to be planted too deeply.
* Water well after planting to settle the soil around the roots.
Julia Rose Itoh Peony
Photo Credit: RadioMarz via Flickr
The Aquilegias or Columbines, are beautiful, easy to grow, spring blooming plants of many varieties. The delicate appearing foliage is reminiscent of Maidenhair Fern and the many colored flowers are structured with backward-facing nectar-bearing spurs. A woodland-type plant, they will grow well in part shade or sun and reseed vigorously in the garden.
At Bayview Farm & Garden in the spring to early summer, you will see many varieties of Columbine. All kinds of Columbine will attract Hummingbirds.
From the short, sweet blue and white alpina to the tall colorful Beidermeier to the native Western Columbine, every garden should have some of this easy keeper!
Photo Credit: By Yathramozhi CC-BY-SA-2.5, via Wikimedia Commons
The Korean Dogwood, Cornus kousa ‘Milky Way’, is easily one of our favorite Dogwoods for the Pacific Northwest. This beauty blooms very heavily even when young. The tree becomes covered in bright white, long lasting flowers with pointed bracts. Attractive red fruits form in the summer which the birds just love. The fall color is very showy with warm red to maroon tones. ‘Milky Way’ will grow to about 15-20′ and develop a dense canopy with graceful, horizontally tiered branches. Adding to all these wonderful features is the fact that it has excellent disease resistance in our Western Washington climate. We highly recommend the Milky Way Dogwood for a partly sunny spot in your garden.
One of the most thrilling sights at Bayview Farm & Garden is the double Laburnum Arbor. It blooms sometime around the end of May/beginning of June and is full of pendulous, sunshine-y yellow flowers. It’s enough to cheer even the greyest late spring day!
For more about our arbor, visit Val Easton’s Plant Talk blog.
Laburnum Arbor in Full Bloom
Close Up of Laburnum Flowers
Laburnum Arbor Bud Stage
Laburnum Arbor Just Starting to Fill In
Laburnum Arbor in Winter