Ground Cover Collection 1
Spring Planting: we begin shipping in late April through May beginning with the warmest hardiness zones, so you receive your products at the proper time for planting.
Three great ground covers in one affordable collection!
Sold as: Pkg of 3
Upon Arrival: Some Perennials will be shipped to you from our greenhouses. They will be in pots and may have actively growing green leaves. These pots should be immersed in water upon arrival to thoroughly soak the root ball. These growing plants must be hardened off before planting outside. Keep in a cool bright room, and place outside on mild days and gradually leave outside for longer periods of time. After a week or so, or when nighttime temperatures are above freezing, plant outside. If a severe dip in temperature is expected, you may want to place straw or an old blanket over the green leaves to protect them from severe damage. Frost or cold will not permanently hurt the plant, but it may damage the new leaves and set growth back.
Planting Coreopsis: Coreopsis is not fussy about soil and will bloom exuberantly under a variety of conditions. Well-drained soils are best. Suitable for the front, middle, and back of the border. Full sun brings out the best in Coreopsis, especially in well-drained soils. Soak bulbs in warm water for 2-3 hours before planting. Set tubers with tops 4-6" below the soil surface 12" apart. Apply a light application of granular 10-10-10 fertilizer or side-dress with compost and organic amendments when new growth appears. Water newly planted Coreopsis regularly if spring rains are sporadic. Water during drought, but Coreopsis is quite drought-tolerant once established. Daily deadheading, while onerous, will reward the gardener with almost continuous bloom. To achieve an attractive plant and possible rebloom in autumn, shear plants back by a few inches as flowering slows down in late July. Do not prune back all the way for the winter, as stems left standing will protect the crowns.
Planting Sea Holly: Plant in a fast-draining, infertile soil with full sun. Avoid clay soils. Mulch with gravel or not at all. Water regularly the first growing season to establish the plant. Thereafter, infrequent but deep watering is all this plant needs. Deadheading is not needed as it will not extend the bloom season or bring the plants back into flower. Fertilize lightly in the fall with a good quality compost. Eryngium is a tap rooted plant and does not like to be transplanted once established. Don't divide as tap rooted plants resent having their roots disturbed.Seed heads are ornamental and attract seed-eating songbirds.These are low care perennials that don't like rich soil or a lot of water; this makes the plants leggy and prone to flopping.
Planting Stokesia: Space12”-15” apart. Dig a hole deep enough so that all roots are covered and firmly set the root in place up to the crown which is where the roots meet the stem at the base of each plant. Easily grown in average to medium-wet, well-drained soils in full sun. Wet soil in winter is the main cause of death for this plant. Appreciates a winter mulch. Deadhead individual spent flowers and remove spent flowering stems to encourage additional bloom. Long summer blooming period. Best in small groupings.