Shirls Garden Watch issued a challenge to all of us garden bloggers which you can join in or check out here. The challenge is if “you were stranded on a desert island what three plants would you choose to take with you”. Foodcrops and supplies to take care of these plants would be provided so that is one less decision to make for me. This is definitely a hard choice to make for most of us since there are so many wonderful selections to choose from in the plant kingdom. But after much thought on the matter I decided on the following three specimens:
How many of you were surprised by my first choice? Hydrangeas are one of my favorite ornamental shrubs for the garden. ‘Limelight’ was an outstanding performer in my garden last year from late spring through winter. There is always something to look forward to with this hardy hydrangea. It blooms on new wood and can be grown as a large shrub or trimmed into a small tree form. Which is what I did with mine this past fall. The blossoms open a light green shade that gradually change to a creamy white and then lastly a mauvy pink with age. Even in the winter the faded tan flowers add some interest to the otherwise dormant garden. It really makes a striking combination with my burgundy cannas too. Don’t you think?
One of my top favorite perennials is the Clematis so that is an easy choice for pick #2. I have several varieties in my own garden and enjoy the vertical interest they can provide in sun or shade. ‘Niobe’ is one of the hardiest large flowering varieties that I grow. It puts out its’ first flush in May with deep red blooms that gradually fade to a royal purple shade. Then in September it starts the process again with a second flush. Mine continued to bloom sporatically deep into December this past year.