Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

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!

 

 

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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!




 

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.

 

Periwinkle (Vinca minor) April 13, 2011

With delightful, true blue flowers in April, periwinkle makes a tough, evergreen groundcover that can grow in deep shade even under the canopy of mature trees.  6″ high.

Spreads and fills in gradually to make a thick carpet.