Inspirations from an Indiana Garden Center
One core lesson at Avon Gardens is to rely on easy-care perennials with attractive foliage and extended blooming periods—in other words, maximum show with minimum fuss. For big, dazzling flowers, Karen loves daylilies, especially repeat-blooming varieties such as ‘Zephyr’s Song’ and ‘Tranquil Beauty’. “Daylilies tolerate a lot of conditions, and the flowers are works of art,” she says. Newer varieties of coneflowers and coreopsis also win praise. “They bloom longer than their predecessors, and they make good neighbors: They don’t reseed and take over.” Drought-tolerant Kalimeris is her secret weapon because it bears countless little asterlike blooms for months.
Pictured: Peach-tinged ‘Calling All Angels’ daylilies.