My Soil Is Like A Brick Collection II
Clay Soil Collection
DetailsSave $5 off the single plant price!These long blooming perennials are the solution when looking for plants to grow in clay soils. And they are all good 'bee plants' too!
Try several of our favorite clay-loving varieties in this newly offered My Soil Is Like A Brick Collection. It includes three of each variety (mixed pots): Achillea 'Ageratifolia', Perovskia (Russian Sage) Blue Spires and Callerhoe involucrata (Poppy Mallow).
|Common Name||Clay Soil Collection|
|Botanical Name||My Soil Is Like A Brick Collection|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Flower Color||Blue, Purple, White|
|Mature Height||Achillea ageratifolia - 4" tall
Perovskia - 48" tall
Callirhoe involucrata- 5" tall
|Mature Spread||Achillea ageratifolia - 18-24" wide
Perovskia - 48" wide
Callirhoe involucrata- 24-30" wide
|Bloom Time||Late spring to late summer.|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Easy to grow, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Low Maintenance|
|Ideal Region||Suitable Above 7000 ft, Anywhere In The US|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Tips for Growing Perovskia (Russian Sage)
Russian sage’s enormous popularity is no doubt due to its ability to thrive in dry, tough conditions. It blooms all summer and grows successfully in any soil, from clay to sand, as well as salty and highly alkaline ones. And if that weren’t reason enough to plant it, Perovskia is extremely resistant to browsing deer, rabbits and even elk.
Russian sage is a low care plant that looks its best when cut back hard (leaving 6 to 12” of stem above ground) in mid-spring. This keeps the plant more compact and encourages more vigorous blooming. This shrub has a tendency to spread by suckering, so it’s advisable to dig up the suckers in early spring to keep the plant within bounds. When used to cover large areas, don’t bother.
An application of Yum Yum Mix fertilizer in the fall is all that’s needed to keep the soil healthy and the plant happy.
Soil Preparation: Remember that proper soil preparation is the key to healthy, vigorous blooming perennials. Use Yum Yum Mix and a high quality compost at recommended rates to prepare the soil. Inoculate the plant roots with Plant Success mycorrhizal inoculant. Planting: Plant according to the mature size of the plant. Don’t be tempted to put the plants too close based on their size in the pots. They’ll grow quickly and cover the space shown in the planting map. (Maps included only with Pre-Planned Gardens, not Collections.)
Fertilizing: Once annually in mid-fall, after plants begin to go dormant. Use Yum Yum Mix or Yum Yum Mix Winterizer at recommended rates to improve the soil and provide essential plant nutrients.Use it with high quality compost, mix half and half by volume and spread on top of the soil. Scratch it in lightly and water thoroughly. It is also beneficial to treat the plant roots with Plant Success® mycorrhizal root inoculant if you didn’t do so at planting time. (Inoculation only needs to be done once.)
Mulching: In arid climates mulching is very beneficial. Coarse textured composts, shredded leaves, pine needles and composted bark are all excellent mulch materials. Apply to a depth of 1-2 inches. Replenish annually (or as needed).
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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