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.

 

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.

 

White Aster / Symphyotrichum ericoides

This white aster grows and spreads vigorously into a dense mat of foliage, and is covered in fall with a multitude of tiny white flowers that the pollinators love.  Native, grows in sun or shade.

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Aster ‘Raydon’s Blue’

Aster-oblongifolius-Raydons-FavoriteFletcher,NC320My favorite fall aster blooms so prolifically in September that the entire plant is smothered in flowers.  3′ high in bloom.  Pollinators love her, and sometimes the blooms hang on into December!  When it is happy, it will form a large, dense mat of attractive silvery foliage in spring and summer.  Full to part sun, Native.