On Sunday May 30th I’ll be holding the eighth annual Backyard Gardener plant swap and give-a-way. The event will be from 9 to 11 a.m. in North Park across from the Skating Rink on Pearce Mill Road.
If swapping, please have all plants labeled, and don’t bring anything invasive. Please be fair and friendly while you trade.
I’ll be giving away free heirloom tomato plants there, too, one per family while they last all courtesy of Mindy Schwartz from Garden Dreams in Wilkinsburg. If you want tomato plants, be there when we start at 9 a.m. They go fast.
Those blessed with sun have an almost limitless variety of plants to try in the garden. These are some of my favorite perennials as seen on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live. Perennial plants return each season and many expand yearly.
Salvia ‘May Night’ throws two foot tall purple blooms all season starting now. It’s beautiful, tough and will come back year after year. This is one of my all time favorite plants.
Corydalis “Canary Feathers’ is another long blooming plant that starts in April and will bloom until October. This one is filled with bright yellow blooms and is deer resistant. This is one of the top five plants I’ve ever grown. It will also take some shade.
Dianthis look like little carnations and are wonderful in the front of borders. Their gray green foliage sets of the red, pink or white blooms.
Siberian iris “Caesar’s Brother’ is my favorite variety of this plant. It blooms in late May with bright purple flowers.
Many gardeners think of geraniums as annual plants with gaudy red flowers, but the perennial version is filled with soft purple flowers. The plant is short, so good for the front of a border.
Plant something that will return year after that thrives in the sun, and have fun serching for your favorites.