Northern Sea Oats
Sea Oats and Solomon's Seal grow in the same bed. The Solomon's Seal grows in front of the sea oats.
Variegated Northern Sea Oats
I had originally placed them near an 'Etoile Violet' clematis but they needed more moisture. I like their new location better.
These grew less vigorously than their non-striped cousins but that's ok. Most perennials don't do much the first year, anyway. I ended up moving them to a moister spot near a big patch of spigellia.
Campanula 'Summertime Blues'
Liatris ligustylis (Meadow Blazing Star)
This blossom was still emerging. The flowers remind me of sea anemones.
I killed these. Big sigh.... I put them in soil that was too heavy and they rotted. But I was so determined to grow these because of their ability to attract monarchs, that when I found several healthy plants at the garden center, I grabbed them and potted them up. It was a success! Hooray! They have become permanent residents of my container garden.
Dracocephalum 'Fuji Blue'
These died, too, which is odd, because I've grown them for years and they're a super tough plant. I have no idea why. This one's a mystery. I'm blaming their disappearance on radioactive space weasels. These pests are often the culprits in all garden disasters.
Xanthoriza simplicissima (Yellowroot)
These are hanging on. They are planted under a massive viburnum trilobum and have to fight for nutrients and water. Fortunately, they're in a moist spot and I baby them a bit. I think they're going to be worth the wait.
Chrysoganum 'Allen Bush' and 'Pierre'
Chrysoganum, also known as Green and Gold, has yellow flowers and grows alongside amsonia 'Blue Ice'. I have quite a bit of it throughout the garden.
Allen Bush and Pierre sounds like a cheesy band to me. But luckily, these two are strong performers. They aren't quite as drought tolerant as advertised but as long as they're given a bit of extra water when it's too hot and dry, they're fine. I'm very glad I added them.
Smilacina racemosa (Solomon's Plume)
I killed these, too. At least I think I did. There's a possibility they'll pull a Lazarus and come back from the dead, but I'm not holding my breath. They didn't receive as much moisture as they needed so the fault is all mine.
Porteranthus stipulatus (Western Indian Physic)
I love these! They are tough and beautiful, which is a winning combination. They came up early in the spring and only needed a little bit of extra water during heat waves.
Polygonatum odoratum (Variegated Solomon's Seal)
These are such easy plants, I added several more to the garden. The more shade they receive, the greener and more variegated their leaves. If they're planted in too much sun, they bleach out. I ended up moving a clump into a shadier spot this fall. These are super easy and have pretty little bell shaped flowers in the spring. Their roots look like big ugly toes, which cracks me up.
'Sunday Gloves' daylily
This was another big success. The creamy white flowers are huge and smell wonderful.
Hostas 'Twilight' and 'Grand Marquee'
I planted these in a spot that was way too dry and they struggled all summer. Oops! But the Soaker Hose Super Highway came to the rescue so I think they'll be much happier next summer.
Rubus pentalobus (Creeping Bramble)
Potted birdhouses are my favorite way to fill difficult areas. This bramble was much happier than the ones in too much sun.
This is a tough vine that I tortured all summer by giving them too much sun and not enough water. They enjoy afternoon shade and a weekly watering. They're great for containers but after the soil settles, add a bit of compost to the empty space between the plant and the soil for better performance.
Lespedeza yakushima 'Bicolor'
I'm in awe that this little beauty didn't die last summer. I planted them in my garden's version of the Sahara desert and they survived out of either sheer will or spite. I haven't decided. Of course, it was never my intention for them to die, I was just a bit brain dead when I planted them there. Last fall, I moved them into a partially shady, moist but well drained area and they literally shot their stems up as if they were singing 'Hallelujah!' I immediately felt guilty for not planting them there in the first place.
Aquatic Plants for the Muck Bucket Frog Pond
Oenanthe javanica 'Flamingo' (Variegated water celery)
This plant should be renamed Ghengis kahnus.
Dear Frog, I miss you! Come back!
This plant is a thug!! Oy! It turned my teensy pond into its own personal water supply and nearly killed everything else. Even my frog left, which really upset me. I pulled it up by the arm loads this fall. It's escaped into the dry soil around the pond, but so be it. The total lack of moisture should keep it contained.
Equisetum scirpoides (Dwarf Horsetail Rush)
Safe in their pot, these survived the water celery invasion. They're not a super spectacular plant, but I think they're cool.
Lobelia cardinalis 'Fried Green Tomatoes'
This needed way more light than my pond has to offer so they spent all summer growing sideways. They would be great in a hole-less ceramic container that can be kept moist. Easy, tough plant.
Easy and vigorous, I'm looking forward to having them trained along my fence for my neighbor and I to enjoy.
Jude the Obscure
Jude the Obscure is strongly fragrant.
Poor Jude suffered severe blackspot this summer but it put out a ton of growth anyway. Once I removed the roses that were were the source of the breakout, it improved. The flowers are gorgeous!
This climber tripled in growth! It was a good lesson for me in how well a rose responds to ample water. I am a total sucker for beautiful yellow roses.
Shrubs That Don't Seem Like Shrubs
Lespedeza thunbergii 'Spring Grove'
This is an unfabulous picture of a fabulous plant.
This is an interesting plant because it closes its leaves during the mid-afternoon and then opens them again in the early evening. It's a fall bloomer, which is a bonus. Tough and easy with beautiful flowers.
Belladonna lilies 'Fred Meyer Whites'
These were a total bust. Argh! They put out lots of foliage over the winter, but never grew any flowers. I think my soil might be too heavy. I haven't given up on them yet, though, since they're teasing me with winter foliage as I write.