I particularly enjoy the summer garden. The plants are taller, the mood is lazy and laid back, the cicadas are buzzing, the butterflies are drifting about and the bees and hummingbirds are active and busy looking for nectar and pollen. High Country Gardens is carrying two new standout perennials for fall shipping that will be stars of the mid-summer garden.
Coreopsis tripteris 'Gold Standard' (Tall Tickseed) - This tall, robust growing native perennial is a tower of black-eyed, golden-yellow flowers held on top of fine textured foliage. The original plants were selected by the prestigious Mt. Cuba Center botanic garden of Delaware for their outstanding, strongly upright growth habit and extended bloom time. The butterflies love it and later, the seed eating songbirds will be working the seed heads for their dinner. Depending on the richness of your soil and availability of water, 'Gold Standard' will reach 4 to 6 ft. in height. In more arid climates, give it some extra summer water and, if possible, plant it in a low spot that collects water after a rain. Zones 3-8.
Achillea millifolium Song Siren® 'Pretty Woman' (Pretty Woman Fernleaf Yarrow) - A new selection of the tough and resilient fernleaf yarrow, it has large flat topped heads of brilliant red flowers that gradually fade to pink. Reaching a middle-of-the -perennial border height of about 24 inches it's a robust bloomer with attractive dark green ferny foliage. A great flower for attracting bees and butterflies, I like to combine it with Coreopsis and Liatris. Xeric once established, it grows in most any soil type. Zones 3-8.