Bedner's Farm & Greenhouse

The July Perennial and Houseplant of the Month

Coneflowers (Echinacea) and Peperomia ‘Leap Frog’

We’re paying a little more well deserved attention to a select perennial and select houseplant each month. You’ll find them in the garden center, and when you download the free Bedner’s app, you’ll save $5ea on your perennial and $2ea on your houseplant purchases during their month in the spotlight.

Perennial of the Month


Coneflowers

Quite possibly the perfect native wildflower! Not only are Coneflowers (also known as echinacea) ultra-hardy, tough and trouble-free relatives of the common daisy, they are pollinator-friendly, attracting butterflies, bees and songbirds.

Since they are native flowers, they are not aggressive, but they are self-seeding, meaning if you leave the seed heads in place through late winter, they will spread from year to year (and provide seeds for birds). If you want them to be a bit more compact, simply use a sharp set of sheers to dead head after blooms fade. Deadheading also encourages reblooming from mid-summer through frost.

Yours will thrive in full sun, be drought tolerant (although watering a bit until established is recommended) and in-ground coneflowers seldom need fertilizer. We recommend adding a bit of compost and/or mulch when planting and again in spring or fall.

A fun growing tip: if you’d like to delay blooms until fall and or keep them a bit more compact, cut your coneflowers down about 12” just before they bloom. If you’d like your blooms to be staggered—part summer, part fall—cut intermittent stems.

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Houseplant of the Month


Peperomia ‘Leap Frog’

So much personality! The peperomia family is often compared to succulents, with thick, glossy leaves that are slow growing and easy to care for. We love the Seussical look of these top-heavy bobblehead leaves on long, sturdy stems.

Yours will be very low maintenance in bright, indirect light (often morning light), without direct exposure to the hottest afternoon rays. Peperomia are drought tolerant, so water only when the top 50-75% of soil is dry (you can use your finger to test the soil).

 

Remember, when you download the free Bedner’s Farm & Greenhouse app, you’ll save on a new Perennial and Houseplant every month during the growing season.

The people of Bedner’s Farm & Greenhouse are here to inspire future plant people. We care about the vast benefits to our environment, health and quality of life, and would love to share it all with you. Ask if you have any questions on how to plant and care for your perennials and houseplants. We’d be thrilled to help.