This is the first year in my landscape located behind the garage that the Joe Pye weed is larger than my Oakleaf hydrangea. At first, I was totally bummed that my beloved hydrangea had to be cut all the way back to the ground after the hard winter. Once the Herbaceous perennial ( Joe Pye weed) took off in mid-July I totally cheered up and forget about the hydrangea scare. I don’t think I ever notice how spectacular the blooms were on that plant until this year. Most people know the plant as a roadside weed. How can you not want to grow this perennial when it can serve as a shrubs in your garden, fast-growing and I can’t name one disease or bug that harms it.
Joe Pye Weed In My Home Garden
Once the blooms begin and the pollinators arrive there is no turning back. If you don’t fall in love with this easy growing tall (almost shrub like) plant I just don’t know what to say. The blooms on this variety is a mauve like cluster of bee heaven. In the video below I share up-close what the plant looks like in early summer months.
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Fun Facts About Joe Pye Weed
Joe pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum) is commonly found growing along roadsides, some. IT is hard not to take note when you see it for its outstanding ornamental characteristics. It is a large plant which needs space, but when planted in mass it can provide an eye-catching backdrop by providing some height in the garden.
- Herbaceous perennial is deer resistant
- Grows well in dry or clay soil
- Plant reaches 4-7 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide
- Great for mass planting and used in landscape backdrop
- This perennial grows with easy with full to partial shade.
I hope you will give this perennial a chance in your home garden after reading how mine grows in Ohio. Do be sure to connect with me on my website today. I look forward to hearing about your adventures in Gardening.
Pretty. I never would have thought to try growing that. I wonder how it would do here in the South (Zone 8).
Well Rosemarie – the Joe Pye Weed is a perennial native in most of USDA gardening zones 5-10 so I think you should give it a try!
I love the bumble bee factor!
I think I’ll be adding JOE PYE to my wildflower garden. Thanks for enlightenment!
Thank you for stopping by SallY!
I picked up a plant this year called “Little Joe”, a much shorter compact version of the Joe Pye weed 🙂 I can’t wait to see what it does in my garden in a few years.
Little Joe sounds very cool… Thanks for heads up because I would love one in my garden. I hope you share it as it grows next year!
Oh I certainly will! I was happy to see it myself 🙂
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