Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Plants, Plants, Plants

It’s that time again, folks, where I write about new additions to the garden. I know it’s not the most exciting post but it’s my blog, after all, and I get to decide what goes in it. Not that I don’t care about your feelings and such, but, you know, it’s still my blog.

So, for those of you that are willing to stick around for yet another post about plants that have been added to my garden, here’s what’s new:

1) Hibiscus ‘Luna Red’

I found out recently in a gardening magazine that there are hibiscus plants that will survive my northern winters. My thoughts: ‘Hibiscus as a perennial in my backyard? OHMYGOD! Can it get any better?’

Well, as soon as I made that discovery, I was on the lookout for one of these plants because I just had to have one. I found one at a garden center a couple of weeks ago and added it to one of the flower beds in my backyard. Can’t wait for the blooms!

2) Monarda panorama ‘Red Shades’

I picked up a couple of these and added them both to the center of my backyard. They’re still fairly small, so it’ll be awhile until I see the vibrant red blooms that these pretty little things are supposed to make. No problem; I can wait. In the meantime, the foliage smells very nice. And it’s quite attractive.

3) Aquilegia McKana mixture

I picked up this lovely columbine a long time ago but failed to write about it; its tag got mixed up with many others and I lost track of it. Apparently, the flowers on this perennial are an array of pastel colours, but I haven’t seen them yet, and might not even get a glimpse of them this year since the plant is supposed to bloom in spring. No big deal; it’ll be something to look forward to next year. I picked up one of these and added it to the flower bed under my kitchen window.

4) Alcea rosea ‘Chater’s Double Mix’

I don’t know whether hollyhocks (common name for Alcea rosea) will make a comeback or not (they were quite popular once upon a time), and I don’t necessarily care. I picked up one of these and added it to my garden because I’m curious about the lovely blooms it’s supposed to make. The plant is going to get quite tall, too, and it’s attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. So it’s all good.

5) Anemone × hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’

It’s always nice to have some late summer/early fall blooms and this plant is supposed to provide me with that. We’ll see how that goes. I picked up one of these and planted it under my kitchen window

5) Astilbe ‘Diamant’ (Astilbe × arendsii Diamond)

With all the sales recently at garden centers, I couldn’t resist picking up this lovely Astilbe with its lacy green leaves. I added it to the right side of my backyard where it will grow as tall as three feet and produce pretty white flowers each year from June to July.

6) Pulmonaria ‘Sissinghurst White’

I picked up this Pulmonaria at a great price and added it to the right side of my backyard where there is still lots of room to spare. I don’t care whether this plant blooms or not; I like it for its attractive foliage.

7) Astilbe x arendsii 'Bridal Veil'

This is another pretty Astilbe that happened to follow me home. Actually, two of them did. I planted both in the flower bed in front of our home.

8) Tricyrtis ‘Empress’

There are two things that I love about this plant: 1) it produces gorgeous, orchid-like flowers and 2) it has no problem with shade. I picked one of these up (on sale) and added it to the right side of my yard.

Well, that’s it for today. I have about 7 or 8 more plants to write about and that should be it for this year. Unless I pick up something on sale. Or something amazing that I can’t resist. And then there’s the fall bulbs and stuff, too. So maybe I’m not quite done yet.


  1. Oh hey, it's a garden blog after all. I love seeing how the plants settle in and what they look like after a season for one. I also learn about all the plants that are not quite hardy for my zone. Sigh.

  2. Hey Tatiana, that's true; it is a garden-type blog. And I want to add them here, so I can look them up in the future. It will be one way to follow their progress. I expect that my garden will not be established for quite some time; the plants will need awhile to mature properly (some of them 2 - 3 years). And I've no doubt that it will change many times over the years.