Market features great garden performers

Friday, 21 April 2017, 11:13:50 AM. Whether you’re reworking existing garden beds or beginning new ones, you need great performers – those perennials that bloom reliably each year and are, for the most part, trouble-free. Lots of these garden stalwarts will be available for sale at the Garden Marketplace, part of the Western Pennsylvania Garden and Landscape Symposium, on April 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fox Chapel. Gardeners will
Whether you’re reworking existing garden beds or beginning new ones, you need great performers – those perennials that bloom reliably each year and are, for the most part, trouble-free. Lots of these garden stalwarts will be available for sale at the Garden Marketplace, part of the Western Pennsylvania Garden and Landscape Symposium, on April 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fox Chapel. Gardeners will find a broad selection of plants from Penn State Master Gardeners as well as annuals, trees, shrubs and garden-related products offered by local nurseries and vendors at Shadyside Academy’s Roy McKnight Hockey Center, 423 Fox Chapel Road, 15238. Admission and parking for the marketplace are free, and ample parking is available in an adjacent lot. Here’s a sampling of great performers chosen by Penn State Master Gardeners: • Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a long-lived, drought-tolerant plant native to the sunny prairies. Clusters of small vibrant orange flowers bloom in spring and, with deadheading, continue to bloom for about six weeks. They’re deer-resistant and rich in nectar and pollen, attracting hummingbirds, Monarch butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects. 2-3 feet tall by 2 feet wide. • ‘Sea Heart’ Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla) is an improvement over the popular ‘Jack Frost’ with superior heat and humidity tolerance. Its large, heart-shaped leaves are frosted with silver and have prominent green veins. Sprays of bright blue, forget-me-not flowers bloom...Read more
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