Awesome 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
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
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!
Hellebore / Lenten Rose April 9, 2014
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!
Tall fountain grass (Miscanthus sinesis) April 13, 2012
This tall fountain grass grows lucscious green blades 5′ tall by summer, and tops itself with beautiful white feathery plums in the fall. I love mine in winter — golden, covered in snow — so I wait until February to cut them back. A wonderful four-season plant.
Full sun. Great for screening.
Comfrey ‘Hidcote Blue’ (Symphytum) March 13, 2012
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
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!