Well here it is, finally, an iris! It’s hard to imagine that on this whole December list, I’ve included only one iris, but it’s true. You’ll get plenty of irises on this blog in the coming months, leading up to the release of my book A Guide to Bearded Irises from Timber Press. Fear not! One of […]Continue Reading... 16 Comments.
Today, I’m again giving a shout out for a new plant that I feel needs some media attention. From the masterful hands of plant breeder Dr. Jim Ault of Chicago Botanic Gardens, Veronica ‘Tidal Pool’ tops my list of hot plants to watch for in 2012. At least it’s not a hydrangea or coneflower (seriously, can […]Continue Reading... 3 Comments.
I would be remiss if I didn’t include some proper succulents in this parade of sorts. A few more will follow later in the month. Succulents are all the rage these days–they’re hip, retro throwbacks to the houseplant craze, embraced outdoors for their striking textures and rugged dependability. One that I happily embrace (with my […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
First off, apologies if you received this post with no discernible text this morning. I hadn’t loaded the text onto the blog yet, but had accidentally hit the ‘auto-schedule’ button. Whoopsie! Let there be words! I also have to admit that today’s post definitely falls in the ‘eye candy that you can’t have’ category. Why […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
On as many occasions as I’ve heard Allan Armitage speak, I’m pat positive he’s mentioned this plant every single time. And rightly so. In the ‘underappreciated’ department hangs a portrait of this plant, the yellow-colored form of the familiar and charmingly weedy wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) that so many of us treasure and curse with […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Ever since I was a little boy gardener, I’ve had a love affair with plants that cling and climb. First it was the annual vines–sweet peas, morning glories, ornamental beans, etc. Then it’s matured into perennial vines, though in making the distinction I don’t want to suggest that there’s something lowly about annual vines. Nowadays […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
I have to admit–as bourgeois as these may seem–that I really fell in love again with simple, carefree California poppies this season. I hauled out half a dozen packets and cast the seeds about my new scree garden with zeal and glee. The colors ranged from buttercream to wild rose and of course the usual […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Finally, a grass! A garden without ornamental grasses of some kind borders on sinful–who can really resist the temptation of soft, curving, graceful lines waving in the wind? In a world of fuzzy plumes, sharp spikes, and dangling pendants, grasses rule the stage, the main characters of a multi-season show. On that list of grasses […]Continue Reading... 5 Comments.
Time for something a little prickly. I first encountered an Opuntia, a prickly pear cactus, sometime as a child behind my aunt’s house. In a little doorstep garden, she grew a phenomenal colony of Opuntia humifusa, the eastern prickly pear cactus. Eager to ‘thin them out’ (an eloquent expression of distaste in and disapproval of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I have a number of ‘closet’ plant obsessions–genera in waiting for another garden in my future. One of those that I’ve let myself explore in my current garden, though hardly to its fullest, is the genus Clematis sans the large-flowered hybrids. Sure, those are nice. But I’m quite partial to the herbaceous-types, Viornas, and the cast […]Continue Reading... No Comments.