• Besides Irises

    Thought you might like to see what other perennials besides irises caught a little camera time this spring.  As most of you well know my plant afflictions run deep, and honestly irises are probably the least of my worries some days.  Here are a few noteworthy lovelies:

    Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Short Stack’ –A terrific, dwarf selection of Eastern bluestar selected by Tony Avent.  What’s more, in all the years I’ve grown it, I’ve never seen a stray seedling, something I wish I could say for its taller cousins A. tabernaemontana and A. illustris.

    Aruncus aethusifolius –First off, this genus is burdened with the one of the most unflattering vernacular names.  Seriously, goat’s beard?  Watch it fly off the shelves with that!  Second, I’m not a fan of A. dioicus.  Words like thuggish come to mind, despite its adaptability to a wide array of conditions.  I much prefer the tidy, bijou, and uber cute dwarf goat’s beard.  It’s just as versatile, save the back row of the border.

    Clematis addisonii —I love the species Clematis.  This exceptionally rare rambler from West Virginia bloomed for the first time this year, to my giddy delight.  It’s very happy in the saxatile garden under the shade of a soon-to-be-hemmed cliff goldenrod (Solidago drummondii).

    Clematis hexapetala ‘Mongolian Snowflake’ –This is a compact new selection from Harlan Hamernick.  Clematis are certainly sleepers, creepers, and leapers.  This plant needs a few more years yet to grow into its own.  But until then, it’s certainly worth sharing its progress.

    Paeonia ‘Garden Treasure’ –We’re fortunate that our local nursery community includes famed peony breeder Don Hollingsworth.  Don has pioneered a number of intersectional crosses (sometimes called Itoh hybrids) like ‘Garden Treasure’.  This peony is truly a golden diva!

    Symphytum x uplandicum ‘Axminster Gold’ –Okay, I need an intervention here.  I’m absolutely bonkers about this light-bulb diva for shade.  I raved about it last season, it’s in three of my lectures, and I show everyone who visits the towering fountain of variegated foliage that rises from the crown planted underneath its namesake tag.  Gush I do…

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