Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Final Post Of New Plants. Probably...

Okay, so I truly believe this may be the final post for new additions to the garden. Well, maybe. Because, you know, there are bulbs and stuff coming up. And the garden centers will bring in fall perennials, or so I’ve heard. But there is a chance that I won’t be buying anything (or that if I do, it won’t be very much) because I’ve picked up the plants I really, really wanted, and unless something fabulous comes along (at a good price, might I add), I’m not motivated to add anything else to the garden. After all, how many plants can a girl add to her garden before it’s ready to burst?

Anyhow, so here’s the (supposedly) final list:

1) Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket'

I’ve already planted a similar Ligularia in my garden but I couldn’t resist bringing this one home when I found it on sale. I’m expecting huge spikes of yellow flowers late summer, which is one appealing factor of this plant. The other is how tall it will get; 5 to 6 feet! I planted this on the right side of my yard.

2) Fallopia japonica 'Variegata'

There are two reasons I bought this plant: 1) The variegated foliage is nice and 2) it grows very well in a part shade area. And it produces flowers that bees love. Okay, so there are three reasons. Anyhow, I added this plant to the right side of my yard.

3) Aster ‘September Ruby’

It’s nice to have some flowers blooming in the fall and this plant will provide just that, if it’s grown up enough by then to do it. In any case, if there isn’t a display this year, there’ll be one next year. The flowers are small, ruby red and daisy-like, and the plant gets very tall, between 39 to 48 inches. I picked up one of these and placed it in the center of my yard.

4) Rudbeckia ‘Autumn Sun’

This is the Rudbeckia of Rudbeckias; a plant that may grow as tall as 94 inches and produce huge daisy-like flowers. I debated for quite some time about getting this lovely plant, mostly because I don’t have a space for it yet (there’s another flower bed we’re planning to carve out in the backyard) and it would need to grow in a container until then. I finally caved in and brought one home. And yes, it’s growing in a container while its permanent home is being built.

5) Malva moschata 'Rosea'

This plant was saved from death’s door. Literally. All the plants were being liquidated at Wal-Mart at fabulous prices; the problem was that most of them were dead or dying because they weren’t watered. I was at Wal-Mart one day to pick up a few other things and happened upon this cutie sitting in a shopping cart, bone-dry and limp. I carried it into the garden center, located a hose, gave it a good drenching and took it home with me. The next day, I planted it under my kitchen window and hoped for the best. Well, the plant took off like a rocket and is now full of blooms. I guess it’s thanking me for the second chance at life.

6) Gaillardia ‘Dazzler’

I’m becoming quite fond of Gaillardia plants. I don’t like them as much as Rudbeckias and Echinaceas, but still; I like them enough to have already added three to my garden. What I like about them is their long season of bloom. This particular one has bright orange-red petals with golden-yellow tips that form an outer ring. Very pretty.

7) Hemerocallis ‘Blue Sheen’

How can you resist a pretty daylily for the garden when it's on sale? I picked up one of these and added it to the flower bed on the right side of the house, which, I’ve noticed, has quite a few daylilies in it. Hmmm...

8) Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

This pretty and popular little plant offers interesting foliage early in the season and a colourful display of dusty-pink flower heads in the fall that become bronzy-red as they age. I look forward to the interesting flower show. I picked up one of these and added it to the right side of my yard.

9) Heliopsis ‘Loraine Sunshine’

I couldn’t resist the foliage on this gorgeous plant. Soon after I planted it in my garden, it flowered for me. A happy camper, indeed.

10) Hemerocallis ‘Pardon Me’

Yet another daylily for the right side of the house, which will eventually show off some gorgeous cranberry-red flowers with a yellow throat. This one was added to the flower bed on the right side of the house, which, as I mentioned above, has quite a few daylilies growing in it.

And that’s it, folks! Can you believe it’s finally over? Neither can I. But it is. It really is. There are no more new plants to write about.

For now.


  1. Can you imagine how terrifying Wal-mart must be to a plant? Especially watching all his friends die, wondering if he'll be saved before he dies himself? Good work, Martha - I'm sure your yard is much more serene.

  2. Wal-Mart is horrible at the end of the season; plants are just left to die. I am so happy I took this plant home. It's growing like a weed and it's such a lovely plant.