I’m always reading about fabulous plants and finding myself seized by a longing to acquire them. It’s a very common sensation amongst gardeners; I’m sure you can relate. I tear the photo out of the magazine or newspaper or scribble down the details on a sticky note, then promptly misplace it in the dreadful stack of papers on my desk (cluttered desk…orderly mind, right?).
Had I learned to keep a proper garden journal, my landscape might be exquisite by now. But here is a grand place to keep my list, and with any luck, perhaps you also may find a plant without which life will lack meaning. Or at least a possible option for that tricky spot where nothing else seems to work.
If you have a must-grow plant, feel free to share details here!
- Nerine bowdenii ‘Isabel‘; inspiration courtesy of Gayla at You Grow Girl
- Abutilon ‘Patrick’s’, inspiration courtesy of Pam at Digging
- Scutellaria ovata, Scutellaria wrightii, and foxtail fern (Asparagus densiflorus ‘Meyersii’), inspiration again courtesy of Pam at Digging.
- Collinsia verna, “Blue-Eyed Mary,” recommended by Gail at Clay and Limestone.
- Brunnera ‘Hadspen Cream,‘ inspiration via Becca at Blossoming Gardens.
- Primulas, any and all that might thrive here. Inspiration via The Scottish Country Garden.
- Soap aloe, Aloe maculata, formerly Aloe saponaria. From Pam Penick’s Digging.
- Phacelia bipinnatifida. Recommended by Gail at Clay and Limestone.
- Some excellent sedums, suggested by Gayla at You Grow Girl.
- Blue cohosh, Caulophyllum thalictroides, inspired by Margaret Roach at A Way to Garden.
- ‘Whale’s Tongue’ agave, Agave ovatifolia, from Pam Penick’s Digging.
- Anemone xlipsiensis pallida from The Patient Gardener’s Weblog.
- Paeonia ludlowii, from The Scottish Country Garden.
- Bowman’s Root (Gillenia trifoliata formerly Porterantus), Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’ and Linaria purpurea, all from Casa Mariposa
- culver’s root ‘Inspiration’ (Veronicastrum virginicum), from Garden in a City
- Eastern False Rue-anemone, False Rue Anemone or Enemion biternatum from Clay and Limestone
- Sphaeralcea incana, Gray globemallow, from Pam Penick’s Digging.
Most of these plants I’m not familiar with, although I’d like to have a stand of phacelia and culver’s root, too. Actually, I’d like to have a lot of these. 🙂 I just ordered some roof iris for another shady section of my garden that I redesiged based on your recommendation earlier in the summer. I’m really excited about them. All of the plants from my garden that you like can be found at Lazy S’s Farm Nursery. They should grow really well for you. 🙂
Lazy S’s is a wonderful nursery; I’ve bought stuff from them before. I hope you enjoy the roof iris as much as I do.