photos courtesy of Bluestone Perennials© (click on any photo to enlarge it)
The spring catalogs have been arriving in the mail and one of my favorites has to be Bluestone Perennials which has some tempting new selections to choose from for 2009. The photos above are a sample of the ones that caught my eye. Now realistically I probably won’t be able to purchase all of these beautiful plants so it will a difficult decision to make. Plus I have to think about where these plants will go in the garden before ordering them. Some of these will probably stay on my wishlist for future expansions of the garden. I know I could find a space for the Bergenia, Brunnera and Heucera in the Woodland Garden . The Bergenia was suggested as a replacement for the Lirope that exists in this bed at the moment. Viburnum and Hydrangeas are always at the top of my list for must have ornamental shrubs. ‘Little Honey’ is a small Oakleaf variety Hydrangea with beautiful golden leaves. The Viburnum ‘Cardinal Candy’ has vibrant red berries in the fall which would be a nice treat for the wildlife. I don’t know if you noticed that most of the plants have purple foliage or flowers. That color seems to call to me the most. But there are a few yellows & oranges which make for a striking combination with the purple. The redbud Ceris ‘Don Egolf’ is a small landscape specimen that I considered for a new garden island in the front yard. A couple of trees along with some underplantings of perennials and groundcovers that can withstand mostly full sun. The dreaming and planning stages of new garden beds is my favorite part of the process next to planting. So many choices, so many decisions and so many possibilities to think about. I’m just itching to get started and get my hands dirty next spring.