Perennials: Hardy and Deer-Resistant
By: Jennifer LaMontagne - Grower - Mill Creek Gardens - Marshfield, WI
Are you hoping to add to your perennial garden beds this spring? Our guess is that you’d like strong, healthy plants that are hardy to our zone + are low maintenance.
So, what is a zone + what does it have to do with plant hardiness? The standard that is used to identify climate zones is the US Department of Agriculture’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map. The current map divides North America into eleven zones based on average winter temperatures. Each zone is about 10 degrees warmer or cooler than the adjacent zone. It is so important to choose perennial plants that are hardy to our zone. Here in Marshfield, Wisconsin, we are in Zone 4b.
At Mill Creek, we grow perennials that are hardy for our area and most often deer-resistant. Coral bells provide stunning foliage color all year long; Russian sage has fragrant leaves that attract bees and butterflies; sedum is drought tolerant and attracts pollinators; yarrow has aromatic fern-like leaves; monarda has showy flowers and fragrant leaves.
The Perennial of the Year (selected by the Perennial Plant Association) is Rudbeckia + it provides lasting color late into the summer. Once established, it is heat and drought tolerant. For a contrasting look in the garden, pair with colors of purple using Russian sage, or Echinacea. Rudbeckia attracts birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects.
These are only a few of the perennials that we offer at Mill Creek. Stop out - we’d love to help you plan your next perennial bed!