Asked on Jul 12, 2018

I live in the North Georgia Mountains. The soil is rocky and red clay.

StonesOsa MartensLinda Miller
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I am wanting to plant perennials that flower for most of summer, and are medium height to replace junipers that were overgrown and too large?

6 answers
  • Andrea
    on Jul 12, 2018

    If you have enough sunlight, day lillies are great! So are native azaleas! When we lived in Hall County, the Gainesville, GA Garden show always had Master Gardeners willing to share a wealth of information.
  • Landsharkinnc
    on Jul 12, 2018

    discuss your growing areas with a local greenhouse/nursery -- not a 'big box' store; lacking the availability of said nursery, contact your local Agriculture Agency for your county/area.
    • Landsharkinnc
      on Jul 12, 2018

      Never heard of it -- Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Home Depot are 'Big Box' here ... locally owned ( not chain ) stores usually have a better 'handle' on what will do well in any given area --- Here they just bring in most anything that's 'pretty' and will sell ... regardless of it's ability to acclimatize to our environment !
  • Slw21358627
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Check your local garden nursery and see what's native to your particular area of the country. If you want something with a little bit of height, perhaps lilac bushes, spirea or high grasses. If you want pretty color, there are lots of bulbs you can plant among the rocks -- like Tiger Lillies or Day Lillies. Since you have so much clay in your soil, mix in a little garden soil when you do your planting. Another plant that may do well is Sedum. You can get it as a shrub or as a ground cover, but I think the shrub will do better for you, I have Autumn Joy Sedum. They bloom in the Fall and are very hardy, They also will multiply so you can plant a couple and then spread them around as new plants come up.
    • Slw21358627
      on Jul 12, 2018

      If you plant Azaleas (as someone else suggested) or Rhododendrom, they require an acidic soil so don't know that they'd do well for you.
      Look up the plants you're thinking about on the internet or check in with a Master Gardener in your area.
  • Linda Miller
    on Jul 12, 2018

    We have sun 20/7 and also live on a mountain top,but we only have 1 100 year old Oak tree. Digging a hole for plantings is almost impossible. I have found ornamental grasses are a great choice. For flowering we have planted 8 Moss Rose around in different. The tag said they thrive on sun and very little water. Right up my alley! I've noticed the last couple of days that the Hummingbird enjoys them too.
    We also planted some Black-eyed Susans. The tag said Annuals, but it also said that the will drop their seed and will regrow for years, depending if the birds don't eat them first
    It's really a matter of trial and error for the red clay and sun/shade.
  • Osa Martens
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Thanks, Linda. We do have Lariope and it spreads like wild flower in my beds, also Hosta. Moss Rose sounds interesting and love Hummers. I also love Black-eyed Susans and could use them in with perennials.
  • Stones
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Wild flowers...planted this spring....
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