I know that the 2008 gardening season is not over yet, but I thought I’d do a quick round up of my favourite additions to date. Is it actually possible to have a garden without adding new plants each year?
The majority of perennial additions landed in the new gardens along the dry creek bed:
Heuchera ‘Strike It Rich Gold’ - As soon as I saw this plant at the garden center I was drawn to its lime green leaves with their deep burgundy-red center veins. For some reason the veining isn’t as apparent now as it was earlier in the season, but the bright color of the foliage still captures my attention whenever I walk past this part of the yard.
‘Jackie in Yellow’ Mullein - I didn’t intentionally set out to buy this flowering plant - originally, I was looking for a yellow foxglove. When I couldn’t find the foxglove I purchased this instead. I have absolutely no regrets! From the moment it went into the ground it has bloomed profusely and continuously. This perennial, sporting creamy yellow flowers with deep mauve/burgundy centers, looks fabulous next to the Heuchera pictured above.
Mourning Widow Cranesbill - A rather somber name for such a beautiful plant, don’t you think? It seemed quite slow to bloom, but sure enough it has started. Even without the flowers I’ve really enjoyed the interesting colors of its leaves. There’s certainly something to be said for choosing plants based on foliage alone. I consider the blooms on this perennial to be a bonus.
Hmmmm, only three favs up to this point in the summer. A trip to the garden center is definitely in order.