Oct 11, 2021 · Test Garden Tip: Trim dead peony foliage back to the ground in winter. That way, the new spring foliage won't have to poke through the previous year's dead leaves. Name: Paeonia. Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade in medium moist, well-drained soil Size: Up to 3 feet tall and wide Zones: 3-8
Nov 02, 2022 · Where a low-lying, long-blooming perennial is called for, ice plant (Delosperma cooperi) is a good choice, both for its vivid flowers and unusual leaves. Growing only 3 to 6 inches high, it blooms from June through September. It is a borderline plant north of zone 6 but may survive in zone 5 if covered with mulch through the winter.
Grows up to 3-6 ft. high (90-180 cm), consisting of a 2-3 ft. (60-90 cm) narrow clump of deep green, lustrous, elegantly arched, narrow leaves topped from early summer to fall with 3 ft. (90 cm) pinkish-purple, loose feathery plumes. As the seed heads mature, they become very narrow with a golden tan color that lasts through fall.
I'm in Zone 8. Soil compaction will probably be your greatest challenge. Red creeping thyme would work where you are, and so would ice, although it allows a few weeds to peek through, but it spreads like a dream. On banks, try Scarlet Flame Carpet Phlox or moonbeam coreopsis (drought tolerant and it has a sweet flower).
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Noted for its variegated foliage, Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam' (Feather Reed Grass) is a compact, tufted, ornamental grass forming a clump of narrow, elegantly arched, creamy-white striped leaves that will remain under 2 ft. (60 cm). In summer, it is topped with tall, airy, pinkish-purple feathery plumes, which mature to a dusky gray pink color and often persist into the winter.
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