Knautia macedonia 'Thunder & Lightning'
A new addition to my garden this spring was this variegated Knautia ‘Thunder & Lightning’. I planted it in a container for the summer and will transfer it to the garden this fall once the temps have cooled off a bit. The magenta pink blooms make a striking combination with this creamy white and green foliage don’t you think? It has been holding it’s own so far through this crazy weather we’ve been having this season. This week I noticed it had started budding up and the first bloom opened this morning. Here’s some more info on this new addition to my garden:
- Introduced by Sunny Border Nurseries
- Prefers well drained neutral soil
- Compact size makes it great for containers
- Grows 12-18″ tall and 10-18″ wide
- Blooms from June – August
- Prefers full sun conditions
- Deer resistant
- Good for cut or dried flower bouquets
- Hardy from zones 4-9
Hydrangea paniculata 'Pinky Winky'
This will be the third season in the garden for my Hydrangea ‘Pinky Winky’. It has never looked better or produced so many blooms. Their not fully open yet, but I’m expecting great things from this ornamental shrub this year. Here’s hoping…
Dwarf Barberry 'Sunjoy Gold Beret'
This is the second season in the garden for this tiny Berberis thunbergii. It’s starting to form a nice mound of gold next to this unknown variegated Hosta. I just think it’s so cute and would probably work well in a large container as well since it only gets about 6-12″ tall and 18″ wide at most. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Holiday weekend! :)
VMG Plant Sale 2011: Wine two-toned Bearded Iris, Blue Vervain, Blackberry Lily and Yorktown Onion
This morning I made a trip over to the Virginia Master Gardener’s Plant Sale @ the Learning Garden in Yorktown. I’ve been going to this annual sale which is held in May for the past three years and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Three years ago I met a previous Virginia Garden Blogger there for the first time, you know her as Janet @ The Queen of Seaford. It runs from 9-12, but people get there early and the line gets long in no time. Everyone was chatting about the Yorktown Onion which grows freely on the Colonial Parkway in Yorktown, Virginia. They limit one plant per family and it’s the only place where you can one legally. The wild ones are protected by law from gathering or collecting. Fortunately I was lucky enough to get one of these again this year. The bulb is in the orange pot and the foliage has died back but it will sprout new green leaves come fall and hopefully bloom next spring. That’s what happened with the one I bought 2 years ago, so I’m crossing my fingers for the same results this time around too. I also picked up a Blackberry Lily (Belamcanda chinensis), Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata), and Wine two-toned Bearded Irises. Now it’s time to find a home for my new babies, so happy gardening everyone and have a nice weekend and Mother’s Day!!! :)
I went to the The Virginia Living Museum Spring Native Plant Sale this weekend. My son and hubby came along and I ended up buying more than I initially intended partly due to my son insisting that I get one of everything. ;) He was intrigued by some of the common names so of course they were a must have purchase. Here’s a list of what I picked up:
- Eryngium yuccifolium or Rattlesnake Master
- Helenium autumnale or Helen’s Flower
- Helenium flexuosum or Dark-eyed Helen
- Lupinus perennis or Sundial Lupine
- Phlox pilosa or Downy Phlox
- Sanguinaria canadensis or Bloodroot
- Symphyotrichum novea-angiae or New England Aster
- Symphyotrichum oblongifolium or Aromatic Aster
- Fraelescantia ohionesis or Ohio Spiderwort
- Viola pedata or Bird’s Foot Violet
(From L-R: Lavender 'Anouk', Asiatic Lily 'Tango Ladylike' and Peruvian Daffodil)
Yesterday while at Lowes I picked up my first plant purchases of 2011. This is a french Lavender that is highly fragrant, compact in size and heat/humidity tolerant according to the tag. I had to buy two of them for some reason. Don’t ask me why, lol. This Asiatic Lily caught my eye too, probably because the colors looked pretty striking in the photo. Last fall I added 5 or 6 new Asiatics, so I’m a bit excited to see them all start blooming. The Daffodils were a nice find too. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with bulbs, they are so easy to grow. Now to find new homes for these beauties. Hope everyone has a good weekend in and out of the garden! :)
There were a lot of new things added to my garden this season. This list includes bulbs, seeds, perennials, trees, shrubs and native plants. Here is my list and an update on their progress thus far:
- Rosa ‘Morning Magic’ – this was a must have for the arbor garden arch. The first one did so well in its’ first season, I added another one.
- Cup Plant – a native plant purchase that I think succumbed to our hot & dry summer. Hope it comes back though.
- ‘Coral Bark’ Japanese Maple tree seedling – It has doubled in size since May. Will stay in pot for another year or two I think.
- Vitex agnus-castus tree seedling – tripled in size since May and bloomed this summer. Hope to get it planted this month in the ground.
- Evening Primrose ‘Twilight’ – moved to another spot this fall since it wasn’t doing much in the initial place. New growth appearing.
- Delphinium ‘Delfix Blue’ – unfortunately I think I lost this plant to the summer heat.
- Penstemon ‘Red Riding Hood’ – another casualty from this summer
- Abelia grandiflora x ‘Little Richard’ – doing great in it’s new spot and putting out new growth
- Korean Lilac – has lost some foliage but is holding on I think
- Catmint ‘Walkers Low’ – bloomed pretty well this summer and is still full of green foliage
- Ladies Tresses – native orchid that bloomed this fall and is doing good so far
- Carolina Bushpea – planted this fall and is putting out new growth
- Ironweed – planted this fall but seems a bit stagnant so far
- Marginal Woodfern – happy in its’ current spot under the Limelight Hydrangea and appears to be evergreen
- Daffodils ‘Ice Follies’ – planted last month in the Hydrangea Bed – waiting till spring to see the results
- Alliums ‘Raspberry & Creme mix’ – planted in new garden last month and no signs of foliage yet
- Dutch Iris ‘Lion King’ – planted in new garden last month and no signs of foliage yet
- Hardy Glads ‘Nymph’ – planted in new garden last month and no signs of foliage yet
- Asiatic Lillies (Chianti, Grand Paradiso, Roma, Dreamland, Salsa and Agrippa) – planted last month/no signs of foliage yet
- Burgundy Poppy Anemone – Planted in new garden last month and no signs of foliage yet
- Allium ‘Pink Jewel’ – Planted in new garden last month and no signs of foliage yet
- Fall sown seeds – False Queen Anne’s Lace, Larkspur ‘Sublime Bright Carmine’, Lychnis coronaria ‘Dancing Ladies’ and Nigella (Love in a Mist) – planted this week and hoping they do well come spring.
This was a small list of additions compared to previous seasons but I’m happy with my choices even though some didn’t work out. Every gardener experiences losses, it’s a given. Here’s hoping for a wonderful spring come 2011! :)
(From L-R: Gaura 'Pink Fountain', Catmint 'Walker's Low', Butterfly Weed and Annual Vincas)
Here’s my little plant grotto on the back patio. Most of these plants will be waiting until next month to be planted when the temps cool down a bit. Other than some annuals which I intend to tuck into a pot that is looking a bit ragged with some Snaps that overwintered and bloomed this past spring. Okay I couldn’t help myself earlier this week when I was out running errands, but to stop by Lowe’s and “look” at their plant selection. I know, looking and buying are two different things. lol But they did just get a shipment of perennials in the day before so I loaded up the cart with a few. This Gaura ‘Pink Fountain’ was a must since I purchased one last fall and it has done great inspite of the heat and drought this summer. It will be added to the Arbor Garden in a bare spot I noticed the other day. I’m hoping that these Butterfly Weeds do as well as the existing one has in my New Garden. They will be added to another spot in the same garden to accent the abundance of purple blooms already there. The Catmint was a must since since I don’t have one currently. Shame on me! I think it might be going out back so the cat doesn’t have a field day with it. ;) Then the last but not least finds were these pretty little rosey Vincas with the white eyes. They are going in a container to brighten up a bare spot in my Arbor Garden. I love these annuals because they will thrive in sun or shade and don’t mind the heat. Sometimes they reseed a bit much, but are easily removed. This was my first real splurge this summer other than a few plants here and there earlier in the season. Behind the newbies are the Korean Lilac and Abelia I bought earlier this summer. Oh and Spaz is back there being nosy and getting in the shot again… lol Have a nice weekend everyone!!!