Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

Late Bonaset / Eupatorium serotinum April 22, 2017

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This plant grows for me in sun or shade, in any soil.  Grows to be 3′ tall, covered with white flowers that the butterflies adore.  Native plant.

 

Bridal veil (Spiraea) March 21, 2017

bridalwreath This shrub is smothered with plumes of white flowers in the spring.  Grows about 4-5′ high.  Part to full sun.  Makes a fantastic cut flower.

 

Harlequin Glory Bower Tree / Clerodendron

This tree is covered with white, fragrant blossoms in the late summer heat of July and August, and the butterflies adore her.  I often see 3-4 butterflies hovering at the same time over this tree.  After the flowers drop, a beautiful red calyx is left behind, often with a blue berry at the center — two seasons of marvelous interest!

Grows to be 8-10′ tall, 5′ wide, requires half to full sun to bloom.  Full sun.  Read more about it here in Fine Gardening Magazine.

 

 

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!

 

Foxgloves (Digitalis) April 27, 2012

The amazing foxglove stops people in their tracks with her beautiful speckled flowers in shades of pink and purple in May.

 

Stalks of flowers reach 3-4′ tall, and bloom for a long period in May, flowering first at the bottom of the stalk and following with more flowers all along the stem.  Wonderful for the back of a border, and makes a great cut flower.  Will grow in sun or shade.

She’s a biennial, but readily drops seed after blooming.  Or you can collect it and scatter it all over your garden.  A must-have show-stopper!

 

 

 

Butterbur (Petasites japonicus) April 13, 2012



Cauliflower-like flowers emerge in early spring, followed by the main show: amazingly large leaves are over a foot wide, with gorgeous curls that stand like lily pads all summer long.  Sun or shade, but requires more moisture in the sun to prevent wilting.  Slowly spreads by runners to fill a large area.  A rare WOW plant that will make your friends stop and stare!