Perennials the focus of Second Saturday at the Halifax Farmers Market
It’s the middle of summer and plants are looking a bit weary. However, for early blooming plants, now is a good time to divide the plant to make more plants to share. Join the VCE Southside Master Gardeners on Saturday, August 12 from 8 to 11 am, at the Halifax Farmer’s Market for a perennial display. At 9:30 a special demo will be held showing how to divide a perennial that has overgrown its space. As of this writing, Blue Star, Amsonia hubrichtii will be the featured plant. This native perennial has flowers that, as the name suggests, look like blue stars. It blooms early, late April to May, so is good for pollinators needing an early nectar source. The plant grows about three feet tall and has a nice yellow fall color. As with most natives, Blue Star wants full sun, is drought tolerant once established and doesn’t like to be fertilized.