Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria x) is a new perennial for us this year. That may come as a surprise to many of you as it’s known in northern latitudes as the florists’ longest lasting cut flower. Now, you can grow them in your perennial borders! The variety ‘Inca Ice’ will grow 2.5-3′ and slowly spread by underground rhizomes. This variety, is a hardier one for our area, though they will benefit from winter mulching. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Tolerates dry and humid conditions but make sure it’s well-drained. Iris, Snowcap or Shasta Daisy and Purple Rain and could be good companion plants.
Another new perennial also with long lasting flowers is Masterwort, or Pincushion (Astrantia major). The two varieties we’ve grown this year are ‘Roma’ (pink) and ‘Primadonna’ (red). The foliage forms small mounds and the flowers rise above it and bloom in June. They’re long lasting because the actual small flower in the center is surrounded by colorful papery bracts. It’ll be showy for weeks and actually rustle in the breeze. Plant in partial shade in moist soil. Hardy to Zone 4.
Stop by the perennials soon and take a look. Give them a try in your next perennial planting!