Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

Ostrich Fern / Matteuccia struthiopteris June 21, 2017

Filed under: Foliage interest,Ground covers,Native Plants,Spring Interest,Summer Interest — annapolisplants @ 6:09 pm

This NATIVE fern grows 3-5′ high and readily spreads where happy.

Can form a dense groundcover if the ground is moist.

Can take full sun if moisture is abundant, otherwise part to full shade.

Beautiful fronds uncurl in spring.  Statuesque presence in the shade border all summer.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plantmania 2016 is ON! March 7, 2016

Filed under: Announcements,Ground covers,Shade-loving Plants,Winter Interest — annapolisplants @ 5:54 pm

 

This week is supposed to be warm and sunny and I’ll be out in my yard, seeing what’s up out of the ground.  Nandina berries still shine red, crocuses are blooming, daffodils are halfway up, and I’ve already potted up lots of periwinkle, vinca, and winter jasmine (pictured).  I’ll be looking forward to seeing you all here as the weather warms!

 

Black Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides Viridescens) September 28, 2015

Filed under: Deer-resistant,Fall Interest,Flowers purple,Ground covers,Summer Interest — annapolisplants @ 3:35 pm

Black Flower Ornamental Grass

Fuzzy flower spikes that are a smoky purple-black color emerge in late summer and contrast nicely with the fine, deep green foliage. Pennisetum alopecuroides Fountain Grass 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.

 

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.

 

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.