Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

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.

 

Golden Aaron’s Beard / Hypericum ‘Brigadoon’ March 25, 2016

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Hypericum ‘Brigadoon’ has golden foliage that brightens a shady spot

This marvelous little plant glows golden.  It loves a spot in part sun, and is a great edging plant.  The golden color brightens your garden from spring and lasts almost all winter before it ought to be sheered back to the ground to promote new growth.  Truly one of my favorite foliage plants in the garden.   Part sun, 10″ high, fantastic in cut arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberries April 21, 2014

Strawberries!

Strawberries!

Strawberries are easy to grow in full sun, and don’t require any spraying or special coddling to get fruit.  They are great for edging a bed, so the fruit are right where you can reach them.

A few years ago I ordered named cultivars from a very highly reputed grower.  Now mine are spreading all over the place and I have many to share.

Cultivars I have are: Cavendish, Chandler, Earliglow, Record, Sparkle, and Mara De Bois.

 

Hellebore / Lenten Rose April 9, 2014

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The first flowers of spring!

Purple hellebores bloom in early spring, sometimes in February!

Purple hellebores bloom in early spring, sometimes in February!

Hellebores are extremely long-lived perennials that surprise us in late winter and early spring with gorgeous flowers over evergreen leaves.  Highly prized and very expensive, they are a gem in any garden.  Plant by a well-trafficked walkway so you won’t miss the blooms.  Full sun to full shade, they grow anywhere!

 

Creeping Jenny December 8, 2010

Creeping Jenny is a vigorous and dense groundcover, spreading quickly to fill in bald spots in the front of the bed.  A mere 3″ high, the lovely golden foliage is a tremendous contrast with purple-leaved plants, like this bugleweed (ajuga).

Creeping Jenny grows in sun or shade, and is drought-proof once established.

 

Hardy ageratum September 8, 2010

Filed under: Edging Plants,Flowers blue,Perennials,Summer Interest,Sun-loving plants — annapolisplants @ 7:29 pm

Hardy blue ageratum has tidy lime green leaves all summer until late August, when it explodes with clusters of furry blue flowers.  Drought-proof.  2′ high with a clumping habit.  Full to part sun.

 

Sun Drops May 31, 2010

A wonderfully cheerful yellow mass of flowers in late May, over dark green foliage that really makes the flowers pop! Loves a sunny spot and completely drought-proof once established.  Spreads slowly to make a large mat of foliage.  15″ high, great for the fronts of borders or for edging a bed.  Paired here with an artemisia for foliage contrast.