by Connie Oswald Stofko
Hurray! One of Western New York’s favorite gardening events is taking place on the planned date!
The plants are sold only in packs of four plants at $2.36 per pack.
You will order your plants online. When you order, you’ll indicate what date and time you would like to pick up your plants at Mischler’s, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville.
When you drive up, the Mischler’s staff will place your order in your trunk for you. Tip: Make room in your trunk before you leave your house to keep the pickup process moving well for everyone.
The order form will be posted tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22. Check for more information and updates on the 59-cent perennial sale here.
Below you can see two plants that are new to the sale and find out how to care for the plants you bring home from the sale.
Two of the new plants
The common name for Centaurea montana is mountain cornflower or bachelor’s buttons, but don’t confuse it with other plants called bachelor’s buttons that you have to plant every year. Centaurea montana is a perennial in our area.
Centaurea montana produces blue, starlike flowers in late spring and early summer and is long blooming.
It has a bushy growing habit and is drought tolerant, so you don’t have to worry about watering it after it’s established.
It does best in full sun and grows about 18 inches tall.
Sandwort is the common name for Arenaria montana ‘Avalanche’.
It grows about six inches high in an attractive bushy mound. You can grow it as a ground cover, in rock gardens or in pots.
The plant blooms with one-inch, white flowers in late spring to early summer.
Arenaria montana ‘Avalanche’ needs well-drained soil. It’s drought tolerant.
It likes full sun or partial shade.
How to care for your plants
People often ask whether they should keep their perennials in the house until they’re ready to plant them.
The answer is no. The sale perennials have been hardened off, which means they were introduced to colder temperatures several weeks ago.
The perennials are hardy to our area, but all young plants are susceptible to frost damage. If you encounter severe weather warnings or frost warnings, you should cover your plants or take them into a protected area under a porch or into an unheated garage.
Get the plants into the ground as soon as you can work the soil. The sooner the plants are in the ground the sooner they can establish a substantial root system.