That said, there are some perennials that thrive BECAUSE of the harsher weather: the cold winters can allow for a much-needed dormant period for the plants (couldn’t we all use a nap under the covers, or dirt, when it’s particularly chilly out?), also the weather keeps the bugs at bay!
Even though there are challenges, a beautiful perennial garden can be achieved by choosing the best plants considering the weather here in New York.
Some examples include:
· New York Ironweed- Deep violet blooms in July through September, turning to a fierce rust color as they dry up just before winter’s arrival. Another perk of the Ironweed is its appeal to butterflies, who flock to its nectar.
· Garden Phlox- These lovely flowers are a wonderful collaboration of strength and beauty. Their stems can stand up to New York’s winter weather, they easily adapt to different soil conditions, and the blooms can vary in size and color.
· Yarrow- Even though these blooms look very delicate, they are able to thrive in less-than-ideal situations, be it frigid temperatures or imperfect soil. The blooms look almost lace-like, a lovely change from the bushier plants that tend to inhabit the region.
· Astilbe- The astilbe plant adds lots of drama to any garden, with it’s array of bright colors and distinctive feathery spikes. Like the ironweed, this plant can attract butterflies. One of its best attributes is that it can grow and thrive in the shade as well as the light, making it a welcome edition, no matter where you choose to plant!
· Coral Bells- Additionally, coral bells do well in the shady parts of your garden. They are extremely colorful and also much shorter, so make an excellent border
These are just a few of the many types of plants that can withstand the harsher conditions during the winter in the Northeast. Don’t be shy about contacting us here at Land Tech Landscapes so that we can decide on the best plan for your yard!