November 26, 2011

Easy Colors, Easy Plants

Yellow yarrow (achillea),
Purple salvia 'Caradonna' and
Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'
Achillea, salvia and nepeta are three easy perennials for a colorful combination. While I'm fond of purple and yellow/gold, there are other colors of achillea and salvia that pair well. The nepeta is just a great all-round companion for many designs.

When walking through my garden on this rather warm November day, the basal foliage of all three plants was easily recognizable. Seeing these hardy favorites today was a reminder to spread the word to other gardeners.

The yarrow and nepeta are easy to divide and the salvia 'Cardonna' is a self-sowing favorite.  Would you believe—there are still a few remaining blooms on the nepeta in my cottage garden!

Deer, rabbits and drought don't faze this plants.

Plant all three in the spring in full sun. Well-drained soil is important to keep the plants happy.

Achillea 'Moonshine' zones 3-9
Salvia 'Caradonna' zones 4-8
Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant' zones 3-8

Words and photos by Freda Cameron, Defining Your Home, Garden and Travel. Deer and rabbit resistance varies based upon the animal population and availability of food. All company or product or patented names mentioned are registered trademarks, copyrights, or patents owned by those respective companies or persons.
Freelance travel writer. My current fiction writing projects include a completed manuscript and several works in progress.

By the way, my name is pronounced fred-ah, not freed-ah. Thank you.

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