Deer Resistant Perennial Tip From Garden Speaker Susan Martin

During the month of March there are some really awesome garden seminars going on up in Michigan.  A well known speaker making her rounds up in the Great Lake State is garden writer Susan Martin. In this post I share some of the events she will be speaking at and a few perinnial tips you won’t want to miss before you go plant shopping.

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What is the best deer resistant perennial?

Best deer resistant perennial (photo below): Allium ‘Millenium’ – a perennial, not bulb-form, flowering onion that is both ornamental and edible. Masses of 2″, bright lavender purple balls from late July into August.

Allium Millenium_photo by Walters Gardens
Allium Millenium_photo by Walters Gardens

#1 tip for gardeners before they shop: Walk around your garden and make a note of where you could use a little extra color before you shop. Take note if those spaces are in sun or shade and whether or not they will get watered there. Sun/Shade and moisture are the two most critical factors as to whether a plant will live or die, so start there.

Passionate Returns Daylily_photo by Walters Gardens
Passionate Returns Daylily_photo by Walters Gardens

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“If You Could Only Pick One: Perennial Gold Standards.”

 With seemingly endless options at garden centers, how do you choose the best perennials for your garden? Susan will help you narrow down your choices to top-rated specific varieties based on her experience observing perennial trials in Michigan over the past decade. As an avid gardener herself, she’ll lend practical advice you can put to use right away so your next trip to the garden center will be a pleasurable experience rather than an overwhelming one.

So the idea is to help people narrow down the overwhelming number of choices when it comes to buying perennials. Which is the very best purple Heuchera? If you could only pick one everblooming daylily, which is the best? And further, which is the best deer resistant perennial, the best perennial for hot, dry areas, the best perennial cut flower. We could go on and on. It’s a fun talk and provides really useful information for gardeners who are ready to shop in spring.

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Susan Martin will be at these places in the eastern half of Michigan in March:

  • Hardy Plant Society, Bloomfield Hills, March 7th, 7pm
  • Association of Professional Gardeners, Hartland, March 12, 9:45am (day-long event)
  • Taylor Conservatory, Taylor, March 12 2:15pm (day-long event)
  • St. Clair County Master Gardener Spring Symposium, Port Huron, March 19, 9am (day-long event)

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Susan Martin bio pic1Susan Martin is a lifelong gardener and perennial specialist with 17 years of experience in the Horticulture Industry including new plant development, garden design, communications, sales and marketing. She is a native of Michigan where she has been gardening since the age of four in both sandy and clay soils in zones 4-6.


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