QUICK REFERENCE PLANTING GUIDE
1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full to partial sun.
2. USDA Hardiness Zones - Zones 7 to 10.
3. Planting Distance - 6 to 12 inches apart in ground.
4. Mature Height/Spread - 10 to 18 inches with a 12 inch spread.
5. Bloom Time - Late spring to early summer.
6. Planting Instructions - Dig a hole at least twice the size of the pot in which your plants are growing. Partially backfill the hole, remove your plant from its pot, and carefully position the root ball in the hole. The top of the root ball should be level with the soil surface. Refill the hole with soil, firming the soil around the plant with your fingers. Check to be sure that the plant is not planted too deep. If it is, raise the plant gently and re-firm the soil. Water thoroughly.
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Fescue 'Elijah's Blue' - Is the bluest of all the blue fescues and is a superb low-growing grass that makes an interesting companion for contrast in a bed or border. 'Elijah's Blue' Fescue is clump forming & will tolerate intense heat and drought. It produces flower spikes that stand one foot above the foliage. It does prefer loose, well-draining soil and even thrives in cool, coastal areas. 'Elijah's Blue' is considered to be deer resistant
These plants will do well in average soil of all types. For optimum results you can improve your planting success as follows:
1. Spade or roto-till the soil to a depth of 12-18".
2. It is always good to add organic matter to your soil. You can mix in a 2-4" layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost, shredded leaves, and/or peat moss.
3. After active growth begins, periodically feed with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster. Plants in containers especially need more frequent watering and feeding, especially when in active growth, bloom, or while setting fruit.
Water - Your plants require at least 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week. When rainfall is minimal be sure to water your plants well at least once a week and more frequently during drought or extremely hot weather.
DO NOT LET PLANTS IN POTS DRY OUT - especially if they are in an unsheltered spot or not directly planted in the open garden. Your plant requires at least 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when in the ground. In a container that is exposed to full sun you will have to water well at least once every other day, possibly every day during periods of intense summer heat. The best way to thwart this is to temporarily move the container where it is shielded during these times (i.e., in the shade of a tree, on a porch, near an overhang). It will still perform well in such situations.
Mulching - Apply a 2-4" layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic mulch around your plants to promote moisture retention, to maintain even soil temperatures, and to discourage weed growth.
Weeding - Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with all plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots, as soon as you see them. Mulch also assists in keeping weeds down.
Grooming - Clip off unsightly or dead growth to maintain the plants good form and shape. Cut flower stalks between the bottom blossom and the uppermost leaves.
Feeding - Discontinue any feeding after September 1st. Your plants want to harden off for winter.
Winterizing - After frost has blackened the foliage of your perennials, apply a winter mulch of evergreen boughs, straw, or leaves to in-ground plantings to prevent lifting of the plant's roots during alternating periods of freezing & thawing.
For container plantings, you can move the containers to the south side of your home's foundation and mulch for the winter. Such warm locations can actually increase the hardiness factor for these plants sometimes by two planting zones. You can also bury or plant either the plant itself or the entire container in the garden and mulch after the ground has frozen. Containerized plants may also be moved into an unheated area such as a garage or basement. If moved to a protected area be sure to give them a light watering once every 7 to 10 days.
As soon as the weather warms up in the spring remove any mulch from in-ground plantings. At the same time be sure to clean up the garden and to remove any dead or damaged parts on any plants. This is also the right time to bring any containerized plant back out into the garden sunlight where it will immediately begin to repeat its yearly garden performance.
CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.