Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

Euphorbia Robbiae / Wood spurge April 12, 2016

Euphorbia robbiae's yellow bracts, dark mature foliage, and fresh new growth

Euphorbia robbiae’s yellow bracts, dark mature foliage, and fresh new growth

DSC_0108Awesome evergreen groundcover for dry shade.  Spreads gently into a mass of beautiful yellow “blooms” (they’re really bracts, not blooms) in spring over lustrous dark foliage.  Great for cut flower arrangements.  Did I mention she’s green all winter?  Completely carefree once established.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Comfrey ‘Hidcote Blue’ (Symphytum) March 13, 2012

A superb plant which is happy in both sun and shade.  Drought-resistant once established.

Gorgeous delicate blue flowers preceded by pink (!) buds in spring.  Large leaves almost look like lambs ears, only less fuzzy.  Evergreen leaves provide winter interest.

Slowly spreads to create a large massing of plants.  Can be used as ground cover plant.

 

Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis) February 19, 2012

Unfurling in February (in a protected spot) and blooming all through March is the marvelous Lenten Rose, an expensive and highly-sought perennial.

I have seedlings from my mature plants, which are smothered with white and purple booms each year in late winter.  Plants will need 2-3 years before they will bloom, but the reward is worth the wait!

 

Vinca major variegated February 2, 2012

A vigorous and indestructible groundcover for full sun or shade.  White-edged leaves are handsome all year round, even in winter.  Beautiful true blue flowers in spring.  Also trails beautifully out of planters or hanging baskets.
Laughs at drought.  Benefits from a hard shearing each year in late winter.

 

Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina)

 

Red berries and cascading evergreen foliage last all winter

Red berries and cascading evergreen foliage last all winter

 

One of my favorite shrubs in the garden.  A stalwart backbone shrub for every garden!

Glossy evergreen leaves cascade gracefully.  White flowers panicles in summer, followed by enormous clusters of bright red berries which cheer me up all winter and look fabulous in holiday swags, bouquets, and wreaths.  New growth is colorful, ranging from chartreuse to pink to red to maroon.  A real four-season plant.

Prefers sun but will tolerate even deep shade, with fewer flowers and berries.  Highly drought-tolerant once established.