Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

Kerria ‘Honshu’ April 21, 2019

kerria w leaves

This shrub has graceful, arching branches just smothered with buttery yellow booms in April, with delicately veined, bright-green foliage.  Blooms the same time as Forsythia but has so much more grace about her, and she blooms in shade as well as sun.  Grows 5 feet high and wide, suckers freely when mature.  Awesome cut flower to bring inside or share with friends.

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Queen of the Prairie / Filipendula

filipendula

This perennial has delicate pink blooms in early summer.  Dainty at first, they explode into a puff of pink, a powerful burst of color in the summer garden.  They love wet soil, full to part sun, 3 feet tall in bloom.  The leaves emerge a purple carpet in spring, and mature to a vivid green.   Fantastic cut flower.

 

Fountain Grass / Miscanthus April 20, 2019

Miscanthus sinensis 'Yakushima Dwarf'

Famed fountain grass grows about 4-5 feet tall.  Great for stabilizing a slope.  Handsome green foliage all summer, topped by beautiful white plumes in fall that last all winter.  Sun to part sun.  Fantastic cut flower for arranging.  Completely drought-proof once established.

 

 

 

Moudry grass / Pennisetum

Grass Moudry

Fuzzy flower spikes that are a smoky purple-black color emerge in late summer and contrast nicely with the fine, deep green foliage. Makes a wonderful accent in the sunny landscape, or plant it in drifts for a massed effect.  The ornamental grasses will dance and sway in the breezes.  Completely drought-proof once established.

Fantastic for stabilizing a slope or for erosion control.  Grows in sun or shade, 12-18 inches tall.  Great cut flower for arrangements.

 

Sea Oats / Chasmanthium

sea oats

This is an extremely fast-spreading grass great for erosion-control or stabilizing a slope.  Beautiful green foliage all summer, gorgeous seed heads in the fall that last all winter.  1-2 feet tall.  Reseeds easily especially in moist soil.  Sun to part sun, Native, great cut flower in arrangements.

 

Chrysanthemum ‘Rustic Glow’

Chrsyanthemum 'Rustic Glow'

This is no tender, wimpy florist’s mum.  ‘Rustic Glow’ is vigorously perennial, spreading to form a beautiful mat of foliage.  In fall, it is smothered in peach daisy blooms, 2 feet high, and a pollinator MAGNET.  Full sun for most abundant flowering.  Fantastic cut flower.

 

Sweet William / Dianthus barbatus July 19, 2017

This Dianthus is one of my new garden favorites.  A prolific bloomer with an extremely long bloom time (late April – June) make it a star in the spring border.  Since it grows only 12″ tall, it is a fantastic edger along the front of your beds.   Comes in many shades of pinks and whites, and is a pollinator magnet!  Prefers full sun, but grows well in any soil and is very drought-tolerant.

It is also a great cut flower which is long-lasting in a vase.