Even while getting caught in a downpour, there is beauty. Raindrops on lovely Lady’s Mantle, coupled with a nepeta. And you can grow that, too!!
I knew I would need to remove–eventually–a large evergreen that would clearly become too large in my front yard. It had been a useful screening plant for many years. Once it was down, I had to decide what to put in its’ place—–
It’s not easy to make these decisions. For me one of the hardest elements is envisioning what the plants will become. ( Most of us don’t buy fully mature trees and shrubs; cost and availability are factors.)
I thought and thought. I had been intrigued by one plant at a nursery. And it surely was not going to be large quickly. Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Spire’. It had such structure and very dark green leaves. I then happened upon an entire hedge of them, left natural, not sheared, and I was even more impressed.
So–I decided. I planted a grouping of three plants, one taller holly with two of my new pals on its side. They only stand 4 feet tall, but they are so impressive that though they do not–yet—perform quite as a screen—they catch my eye. And that is almost as useful. And in my mind’s eye, I see them mature, at six feet or so.
While working in a new client’s garden today, I came across a very unusual plant. I believe it is from a bulb. The prior owner of this property was a plant enthusiast. The new owners appreciate their gardens—but–well—you know–it is just not their “thing”. (For this, I am thankful!! I get a lot of work that way!)
Here’s the point. They might not care too much. But I get a thrill when I run across plants like this. Then I go home and look things up and read and research—and it is all such neat stuff. I haven’t even figured out what this is yet! But I’ll tell you—You Can Grow That!–neat stuff. Try something new if only to entertain me.
You can see the lovely bluish-grey tints but there’s some rosy pink highlights. Now that it has “made the grade” I will install more along the walkway. It is 2-4 inches high with a spacing of 24 inches. ( I’m not going tell you where to buy it until after I’ve gone & purchased mine!!)
While shopping this afternoon, trying to best use my time for my business—-because I couldn’t bear to spread bags of compost on this raw, cloudy day—I came across these lovelies. Just enough bang for the buck and worth a chance. Nice color; I like the finer petal and the white with raspberry. Just want the doctor ordered to brighten this day!
By the way, these are ‘Habanera White with Red Tips’ English Daisy.