Rocky Roads Garden Combo
Southern Ontario contains some beautiful dry habitats. This tray selection provides nine (9) labelled cornerstone species for special dry, sunny environments (alvar, scree, pebble beach, gravel spillway, roof garden). The tray emphasizes low-growing species, 10-40 cm tall, providing colour and pollinator food across the growing season (May to September).
At a price of $80.00 this garden combo saves you ~10% on the full price of individual pots.
The Rocky Roads combo includes the following species in 3.5" square pots:
Silverweed (Argentea anserina) x 2
Lance-leaved Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) x 2
Canada Wildrye (Elymus canadensis) x 2
Robin's Plantain (Erigeron pulchellus) x 2
Lakeside Daisy (Hymenoxys acaulis) x 3
Prairie Smoke (Geum tripyllum) x 3
Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) x2
Heath Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides) x2
The following may be substituted based on seasonal availability:
Rocky Mountain Fescue (Festuca saximontana)
Old-field Cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex)
Field Pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta)
Red Anemone (Anemone multifida)
Sand Dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus)
Ebony Sedge (Carex eburnea)
Tips for Plant Establishment
�Establishment" means that new root growth eventually exceeds the weight and volume of the above-ground green vegetation. Successful establishment occurs when soil, light, fertility and moisture are managed and maintained through the first full season
You can plant in spring, summer or fall - With proper care, you can plant our trays through the entire growing season.
Soils and water - Pollinator plants grow on a wide range of soils, from sand to heavy clay, but they thrive when compost is lightly incorporated into the soil, and moisture is maintained in dry periods with mulch (such as well decayed bark). On sites that are sandy or drier, supplemental moisture should be provided for the first year when the 'soil finger test' indicates dry conditions in the top 2-3 inches of soil. If your soil is compact and resists absorption of water, use a small garden fork to gently loosen soil, mix in compost, and improve air and moisture penetration in the root zone. A diluted soluble fertilizer, high in phosphorous (e.g. 10-52-10), or bone meal mixedwell into the soil, will encourage root growth if applied during planting.
Planting in hot weather - When planting in sunny, hot summer weather, temporary shading can greatly assistplant survival and establishment. Use cedar shingles pushed into the soil, wood scraps, or sheer fabric supported by small stakes (e.g. bamboo). Remove shading after a few days when the plant begins to grow.
Pests - Rabbits and snails like young nursery plants; Blood meal powder or hardware cloth enclosures can be used to protect during establishment. Snails can be hand- picked in early evening
and pickled in vinegar.