Physostegia virginiana, aka, False dragonhead is a good friend of my garden. It's one of the rough and tumble wildflowers that makes gardening on my shallow, often dry garden soil worth the effort!
It's an enthusiastic grower, but, I decided years ago that a lovely lilac river of spiky flowers that attracts bumbles, small bees, skippers and hummers was worth having to pull out a few errant plants. (go here for more on this plant)
|This mint can get a root hold in your moist, rich garden soil|
|the first flowers open from the bottom|
I do have to step into the fray occasionally to stop some of the more highly competitive plants like the Solidagos from taking over. Goldenrods are the king of colonizing wildflowers, some more than others! Don't let that stop you from adding them to your garden, they are quite possibly the best wildflowers for critters and there are many delightful cultivars that are NOT thugs!
|A Locust borer stops by for a snack|
We need those predators in our organic gardens....so plant goldenrods! Trust me, there's a perfect one for your garden!
|This is the famous Frostweed in flower. It's a favorite of bumbles.|
|Buckeye butterfly visiting Verbesina|
|New England aster with Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light'|
|You'lllove this flower massed in the garden|
Trust me, I'm a gardener!
Welcome to Clay and Limestone's Wildflower Wednesday celebration. WW is about sharing and celebrating wildflowers from all over this great big, beautiful world. Join us on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Remember, it doesn't matter if they are in bloom or not, and, it doesn't matter if we all share the same plants. It's all about celebrating wildflowers. Please leave a comment when you add your url to Mr Linky.
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.