Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

Kerria ‘Honshu’ April 21, 2019

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This shrub has graceful, arching branches just smothered with buttery yellow booms in April, with delicately veined, bright-green foliage.  Blooms the same time as Forsythia but has so much more grace about her, and she blooms in shade as well as sun.  Grows 5 feet high and wide, suckers freely when mature.  Awesome cut flower to bring inside or share with friends.

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Moudry grass / Pennisetum April 20, 2019

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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.

 

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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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 in lat summer that the butterflies and pollinators adore.  Native plant.

 

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!