Best plants. Favorite plants. Go-to plants. This month's edition of the Garden Designers' Roundtable is all about the plants! Be sure to visit our web site for a wonderful introduction to this topic and the links to today's participants.
Most landscape designers keep a mental Rolodex of plants on call for specific sites and uses. This file is constantly being updated and edited as new plants are introduced to the market and others fall out of favor. However, there are some plants that I know I can depend on; they are hardy, relatively trouble free, and have multiple growth (cultural) or decorative qualities to recommend them. So, without further ado, here is my list of go-to plants:
Viburnum, Viburnum sp.*
Ninebark, Physocarpus sp.*
Perennial Flowers, Grasses and Groundcovers
Creeping Speedwell, Veronica sp.
This list may seem short - considering the many hundreds of plants that grow well in our area - so think of it as a super-deluxe "top 10" list! You will notice that most of my go-to plants are tried and true main stays of the mid-west, inter-mountain west, and upland southwest regions of the US. Hence, the name: "go-to" plants! The bulk of any landscape or garden should consist of well adapted, low maintenance plants and this list is a great place to start. (Read this post to learn about a few oddball plants to throw into the mix.)
Please visit these participating members of the Garden Designer's Roundtable for planting inspiration for your region and beyond...
Nan Ondra : Hayefield : Bucks County, PA
Andrew Keys : Garden Smackdown : Boston, MA
Christina Salwitz : Personal Garden Coach : Renton, WA
Genevieve Schmidt : North Coast Gardening : Arcata, CA
Ivette Soler : The Germinatrix : Los Angeles, CA
Jocelyn Chilvers : The Art Garden : Denver, CO
Laura Livengood Schaub : Interleafings : San Jose, CA
Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK
Rebecca Sweet : Gossip In the Garden : Los Altos, CA
Rochelle Greayer : Studio G : Boston, MA
Susan Morrison : Blue Planet Garden Blog : East Bay, CA
We've had every kind of weather this April but our cold hardy seeds planted in late March have grown into their first leaves. Things like radishes, arugula, spinach, peas and kale can all be planted outside early.
The garlic we planted last fall is going strong. Last week we nestled some strawberries in the garlic bed.
We've also made sure to plant flowers to attract pollinators to our garden.
Come join us at the garden! we are meeting every 2nd Sunday at 11am, next one is May 1st
Mid April finds a few more flowers blooming in my Colorado garden, although it's the greening of the landscape that is most evident right now! Here are a few bloomers to share with you:
|These little species tulips bloom happily in the buffalo grass of my prairie garden|
|Don't forget to look inside your tulips!|
|I can't really capture the perfect blue of this hyacinth - nor the exquisite fragrance|
|Daffodils are pure sunshine!|
|'Cameo' quince buds ready to burst|
|Serviceberry 'Autumn Brilliance' is pretty brilliant in the spring as well!|
A gentleman in my neighborhood worked for years as a plant propagator at a local greenhouse. Although retired now, he still can't resist spring's call to prepare plants (especially Pelargoniums) for the summer season! He wheels these carts out for a few hours each day to get the plants hardened off and ready to sell.
Girlfriends Night Out at Echter's Garden Center is a Party With a Purpose!
Join me on April 14th, 5:00-8:00PM in this beautiful, flower-filled venue to benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, supporting cancer research and treatment.
Local restaurants and caterers will offer wine and food samplings as you stroll through the greenhouses and enjoy live musical entertainment. Other businesses will showcase their jewelry, handbags and accessories, body care products, financial advise, travel opportunities, and more! I'll be available to answer your questions about landscape design, plant selection and care, and the latest garden trends for 2010. Door prizes and special discounts will be part of the fun.
Tickets are $15.00, with $10.00 of your ticket price going directly to the Vera Bradley Foundation. Echter's is also donating 15% of the evening's sales. Tickets are limited, so call 303-424-7979 in advance to purchase yours.
Bring your girlfriends for a special evening; you won't want to miss this Party With a Purpose!
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|variegated Vinca minor|
Happy weekend, everyone!