One of the best things about working in other people’s gardens is that I get to admire many different plants. Many times I take time to snap a few pictures of my favourites, so I thought I would share them with you…
traditional perennials: peonies
peonies come in white and many shades of pink, with single or double blossoms. They are beautiful in bloom, but get pummelled by rain, turning them into a soggy mess, so often we only get to enjoy their beauty for a short period.
modern perennials: salvia
Salvias come in pink and all shades of purple. My favourite is called purple rain (third picture) Planted in a large group it makes an impressive statement in your garden. Both pink and purple varieties contrast well with bright green or chartreuse foliage like the golden elderberry in the second picture.
Ninebarks make striking shrubs at the back of a border, in a row for a unique hedge, or planted in a container. They too come in many varieties, with foliage ranging from golden green to a deep wine color. Some have small pom-pom like, pale pink or white flowers. If you plant one in a container, be sure to choose one two zones lower than what is hardy in your garden.
vines: golden hops
Vines make great privacy screens. Many are fast growing, able to cover a bare spot on your fence in just one season. The golden hops vine dies back to the ground each winter, but quickly greens up in the spring to a bright chartreuse green color, a perfect background for other plantings. It is self adhesive, not requiring any staking or tying, but it can be invasive. Simply pull out new shoots from areas you do not want them to spread to.
Those are my favourites this week, stay tuned for next week’s selections and more…