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Prairie oasis

A Saskatoon gardener tackles the challenge of creating a garden on beach sand, with limited water and Zone 2 conditions

Favourite perennials

Those with an * require a sheltered microclimate. Depending on the weather, Sara waters perennial borders deeply (60 centimetres) once every 10 to 14 days.

Sun

  • Yarrow (Achillea 'Credo') 1 m tall x 45 cm wide
  • 'Variegata' rock cress (Arabis caucasica 'Variegata') 20 cm x 30 cm
  • Stemless carline thistle (Carlina acaulis ssp. simplex) 10 cm x 15 cm
  • Tube clematis (Clematis heracleifolia) 1 m x 1 m
  • Roman wormwood (Corydalis sempervirens) 35 cm x 30 cm
  • Shooting stars (Dodecatheon meadia) 30 cm x 30 cm
  • Draba spp. 5 to 10 cm x 10 cm
  • Mountain avens (Dryas octopetala) 5 to 10 cm x 5 to 10 cm
  • Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium maculatum) 2 m x 60 cm
  • Filipendula ulmaria 'Aurea' 1 m x 60 cm
  • F. u. 'Variegata' 1 m x 60 cm
  • Crested gentian (Gentiana septemfida) 15 to 20 cm x 30 cm
  • Yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus) 1 to 1.25 m x 30 cm
  • I. spuria 1 m x 30 cm
  • Blue flag iris (I. versicolor) 60 to 100 cm x 30 cm
  • Balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus 'Plenum') 60 cm x 30 cm
  • Chinese rhubarb (Rheum palmatum) 2.5 m x 2 m
  • Moss campion (Silene acaulis) 3 cm x 20 cm
  • Comb speedwell (Veronica pectinata) 5 cm x 20 cm
  • Adam's needle (Yucca glauca) 1 m x 60 cm


Shade

  • Purple bugbane (Actaea simplex Atropurpurea Group syn. Cimicifuga racemosa) 1.2 to 1.6 m x 1 m
  • 'Brunette' purple bugbane (see above) 1.2 to 1.6 m x 1 m
  • American maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum) 30 to 60 cm x 30 to 45 cm
  • Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense) 15 to 30 cm x 30 to 45 cm
  • European ginger (A. europaeum) 15 cm x 30 cm
  • Masterwort (Astrantia major) 45 cm x 30 cm*
  • 'Pictum' japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum') 45 cm x 30 cm
  • Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla) 30 to 45 cm x 45 to 60 cm*
  • Callianthemum spp. 10 cm x 20 cm
  • Barrenwort (Epimedium spp.) 30 to 60 cm x 30 cm*
  • Bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii) 30 to 60 cm x 30 to 45 cm
  • Hepatica transsilvanica 15 cm x 30 cm
  • 'Variegatum' Fragrant Solomon's seal (Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum') 60 cm x 100 cm
  • Dusty miller primrose (Primula auricula) 20 cm x 20 cm
  • Cortusa primrose (P. cortusoides) 20 cm x 25 cm
  • Cowslip (P. veris) 25 cm x 25 cm
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria mollis) 20 to 30 cm x 20 cm
  • Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) 15 cm x 30 cm*
  • Meadow rue (Thalictrum kiusianum) 10 cm x 30 cm
  • Foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia) 30 cm x 40 cm*


Sun or shade

  • Pheasant's eye (Adonis vernalis) 30 to 45 cm x 30 cm
  • 'Chocolate chip' carpet bugleweed (Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip') 15 cm x 50 to 75 cm
  • Alpine lady's mantle (Alchemilla alpina) 15 cm x 25 cm
  • Fan columbine (Aquilegia flabellata) 15 to 30 cm x 30 cm
  • Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) 25 cm x 45 cm
  • Dragon's head (Dracocephalum spp.) 30 to 45 cm x 35 to 45 cm
  • 'Cheddar' globeflower (Trollius 'Cheddar') 60 cm x 30 cm
  • Bird's foot violet (Viola pedata) 30 to 50 cm x 30 to 50 cm

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