In two previous SoS posts I shared a dozen new perennials we added to our locale, Alpine Acres Flower Farm, which I want to develop as part of a three prong retirement strategy. You can read about them here if you missed it: Six on Saturday – The New Perennials (Part 1) and The New Perennials (Part 2).
These new plants came when I chose to buy a full price combination with different color Coneflowers and raided the “stress rack” where I found the other varieties at the “It’s a Steal Price” of $1!
ONE – Coneflower
I have to admit I hesitated for a moment when I looked at this Coneflower combination. $24.98 is not a horrible price, but when your habit is to raid the stress rack regularly it seems so foreign. The best surprise was when I got it home and discovered their is five different coneflowers in the pot. If there had been an abundance of these I would have gambled that it would end up on the stress rack due to lack of sufficient water, but by getting it now I can plant it and let it get accustomed to the ground while it is still warm.
TWO – Pink Balloon Flower
I got a blue one of these earlier this season, actually a pair, but I really liked this pink one, especially for 1 George Washington!
THREE – Purple Verbena
We have enjoyed several verbenas, although annual varieties in our hanging baskets and window boxes, so we are familiar with the characteristics. I bought another color earlier this spring and featured it in one of the other two Six on Saturday posts.
FOUR – Salvia
We will be heavy on purple with this one, but it was another $1 bargain, who would pass that up?
FIVE – Aster
Normally I am not a fan of Asters, but this compact variety caught my eye and then surprisingly was another $1 find!
SIX – Golden Jubilee Humminbird Plant
We had a young hummingbird who frequented our butterfly bushes earlier in the season so this should help attract more.
As I continue to map put the plan for our location, Alpine Acres Flower Farm, I continue to seek interesting plants to add to our collections. If you have suggestions please share them.
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