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Regional Picks: Plant It And Forget It – Northeast

Fine Gardening – Issue 179

 

Zones: 49

Size: 16 inches tall and 2 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil

Blue stars are the workhorses of the sun-drenched perennial border. Most produce delicate, skyblue flowers in May on clumps of clean green foliage, which turn magnificent shades of yellow in fall. ‘Blue Ice’ stands apart from its larger cousins by producing darker, lavender-blue, star-shaped flowers atop compact stems that are clothed in narrow, dark-green foliage. It has been suggested by some that this diminutive blue star is possibly a hybrid. Regardless of its parentage, it is a wonderful choice for the front of the border and has proven to be easy to grow and quite drought tolerant.

 

 

Zones: 5-9

Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; average, well-drained soil

Gardeners are always looking for plants that provide late-season interest, and bluebeards do not disappoint. In spring, ‘Snow…

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