of Innsbrook Garden Club Plant Sale is on Saturday, May 13th, from 9:00 am to Noon, at the Property Owners Building.
It will feature plants tested in our own Innsbrook gardens that have proved themselves to be survivors.
To learn more about these plants, go to “Dave’s Garden” http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/177/
Remember: “If you don’t water them the first year, they will die."
Lady’s Mantle “alchemilla mollis” -
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well- drained soils in full sun to part shade, but tolerates
close to full shade. Prefers part afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Performs well in moist garden areas.
Freely self-seeds in the garden to the point
of being somewhat invasive in optimum growing conditions. Prompt removal of spent flower stems will
not only prevent self-seeding but may also encourage a sparse, late summer re-bloom. Divide plants
as needed. In hot summer climates such as St. Louis, leaves may scorch in full sun exposures or if
soils are permited to dry out. This plant is yet untested in an Innsbrook Garden but research says it is
Astilbe Japonica ‘Montgomery’ -
Looking for a deer and rabbit resistant plant that will be showy in your early summer shade garden? You’ve found it: Astilbe!
They bloom for 4 weeks or more and attract hummingbirds and butterflies! Astilbe, a popular choice for shady gardens, perform well
if given a rich, moist soil and regular watering. This mid-sized selection has full plumes of deep cherry red,
over a bushy mound of elegant, lacy green leaves. Astilbe also thrives in tubs or mixed containers. Fertilize in April and June.
Excellent for cutting. Seed heads may be removed, or left on the plant for winter interest.
Plants should be divided every 2 to 3 years, in early spring. Astilbe has been well-tested in Innsbrook gardens.
Siberian Bugloss “Brunnera macrophylla” -
Siberian Bugloss is a rhizomatous, clump-forming perennial that is primarily grown in shady areas
for its attractive heart-shaped, dark green, basal foliage. Small, forget-me-not-like flowers
(light blue with yellow centers) bloom in airy, branched racemes rising well above the foliage
on slender stems to 18" tall in spring. Basal, heart-shaped, blackish-green leaves (3-5" wide)
form a foliage mound, which remains attractive throughout the growing season. Smaller stem leaves
are elliptic. No serious disease problems but slugs and snails are occasional visitors. Deer and rabbit resistant,
these plants have already been tested at Innsbrook.
Pig’s Squeak “Bergenia cordifolia” -
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade, and rabbits and deer leave it alone!
Tolerant of a wide range of soils, but prefers moist, humusy ones. Evergreen in the South but may suffer considerable winter
damage in cold climates such as St. Louis. Remove all damaged foliage in late winter to early spring.
Promptly remove spent flower stems. Foliage may turn a purplish-brown in winter. Spreads slowly by rhizomes.
Rub the leaves between your finger and thumb and you might hear a sound like a Pig’s Squeak! Mary Ann Barton successfully
grows Pig’s Squeak at Innsbrook.
Balloon Flower “Platycodon grandiflorus” -
Innsbrook gardeners have been requesting this plant, so if you have a sunny spot in your garden, here’s a plant for you!
They are as easy to grow as day-lilies and probably the most reliable blue bloomers you’ll ever grow! Balloons flower mid
to late summer after many other perennials have come and gone. Best grown in light, medium moisture, organically rich,
well-drained loams in full sun to part shade.
Avoid wet or poorly-drained soils. Division and transplanting are possible but tricky due to fragile,
fleshy root systems, and it’s probably best to leave plants undisturbed once established. Deadheading
spent flowers generally prolongs the bloom period. New season plant stems emerge late in spring,
so gardeners must be careful not to damage crowns by early cultivation (leaving old plant stems
in place throughout winter to the point when the new growth first appears helps mark plant locations).
Taller plants often need to be staked because of floppy stems. Consider cutting back plant stems
by 1/2 in May to reduce plant height and possibly avoid staking. Keith Thompson has been growing them at the Innsbrook Clubhouse
for many years and deer do not bother them.