Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

Chinese Lanterns / Physalis alkekengi May 11, 2019

This plant is a star in the fall garden, creating the most adorable fruits for including in cut flower arrangements.  White flowers in spring are followed by orange fruits in fall.  Needs at least part sun, and grows about 2 feet tall.  Wanders throughout the garden.  Grows well in any soil, very drought tolerant.

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Native St Johns Wort / Hypericum densiflorum April 21, 2019

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A beautiful native shrub / small tree, with lacy foliage and bright yellow flowers in summer.  Mature trunks develop a shiny bark that looks almost metallic.  Great for winter interest.  Full to part sun, 6 feet tall.  Suckers when mature.

 

Moudry grass / Pennisetum April 20, 2019

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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

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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.

 

Naturalizing Daylily / Hemerocallis fulva April 8, 2018

This tough perennial thrives in part to full sun and any soil.  Totally drought-resistant once established.  Spreads in nicely to fill a hillside or tough spots in the garden.  2-3′ tall with bold orange blooms floating above grass-like foliage.  Fantastic cut flower in arrangements.  

 

Bee Balm / Monarda April 26, 2014

This native plant has showy lavender flowers for a long bloom season June through August.  Drought-proof plant attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.  Full to half sun.  Deer resistant.  Spent flower stems provide interest in the winter garden.Bee balm / Monarda

 

Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ / Bee balm May 8, 2013

bee balm beebalm2Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ blooms prolifically over blue-green foliage in the summer, about 2′ high.
Full to part sun. Extremely drought-tolerant and a butterfly magnet.  Spreads rapidly to make large clumps to divide with friends!