Really got excited when I saw Turtlehead or Chelone ‘Hot Lips’ on display. I’ve never grown it before but always wanted to give it a try in the garden. No blooms yet, but the foliage looks pretty healthy and it wasn’t root bound in the pot which is a great sign. This has been planted in my oval bed that surrounds the Pecan Tree which gets filtered sunlight. According to the tag, it gets clusters of pink flowers, the foliage turns bronze in fall and it provides late summer color for the garden. It will get 24-30″ tall and I planted it with my existing Heucera ‘Plum Pudding’ and Autumn Fern. Should be a nice combination in the shady pecan tree bed.
Another new to me addition to the garden is False Aster or Kalimeris incisa ‘Shogun’. This plant has wonderful green foliage with golden margins. The blooms will be pale lavender aster-like flowers, but the foliage is an added bonus if you ask me. I have this planted near the Goldenrod in my front border. Purple & yellow are always a great combination. This will bloom from late summer into the fall and grows to 20″ in height and 16″ in width.
I’ve grown Russian Sage in my gardens in the past, but this variety ‘Longin’ had a bushier look to it then the fern-like foliage I’ve had in the past. I purchased two of these to put between the Purple Fountain Grass which is an annual & won’t survive the winter. These should take over nicely and fill in this back area of the new garden bed. The lavender blooms & aromatic foliage make this a wonderful perennial to grow. It also attracts butterflies & hummingbirds.
I had to give the ‘White Swan’ Coneflower another chance in my garden. I’ve had no problems with the purple variety but for some reason the white one has disappeared from my garden on two occasions. This one was planted in the front border as a companion to the Blackeyed Susans & Purple Coneflowers that are already existing.
Last but not least is the Hyssop ‘Black Adder’ or Agastache. This plant was on my wish list for next season and I had planned on ordering it online this fall or next spring. The flowers are a smokey violet color and the foliage has a wonderful licorice scent. It blooms summer to fall and is quite attractive to butterflies & hummingbirds too. I planted this as a companion to my Lantana ‘Miss Huff’. She will get 24-36′ in height by 24′ in width. Don’t you just love adding new plants to the garden?