Since spring is just about here, things are starting to get busy with clients. However, I have also been thinking about my own garden and what I want to add to it this year. My garden is a work in progress. Here are some great plants that I have used for clients and that I want to add to my own garden. I highly recommend them.
This plant gave me so much enjoyment as I watched it bloom almost the entire season with striking blue flowers.
I will be adding some more to balance two areas of my back yard. I actually wanted to buy them last year, but by the time I got my act together, it was too late. This year I will be an early bird!
I love shrub roses which are very hardy, disease resistant and bloom on and off all summer. I'd like to add some of the following varieties. All of them are very shrub-like in form and have lovely flowers. The Fairy Rose flowers are the smallest.
- Carefree Delight
- Carefree Wonder
- Fairy Rose
I need something tall near my patio but do not want anything to large for various reasons. I think a Lilac would be perfect.
- If I can find 'Charles Joly' I think that would be my choice. It gets to be about 8 - 10' tall and 6 ' wide, which will be a perfect size. It has deep wine colored flowers which are very fragrant.
- However, I would also consider one of the larger Butterfly Bushes. I already have 'Pink Delight' so would choose a different cultivar.
I have an area that is mostly sunny...so I am in luck! Some perennials I am considering are:
Salvia 'May Knight' - I already have this and the flower color is amazing...a purple-blue. This perennial blooms for a long period of time, which I love.
Day Lily - I don't have any of these yet so for a summer show I'll be adding some. I am not sure which variety.
Lavender 'Hidcote' - This looks great near roses...it reminds me of France. The flowers are fragrant of course with the scent of Lavender and great for sachets.
Coneflower - Although I love pink, purple and blue flowers, I had a white Coneflower when I lived in Virginia which put on such a show! It was 'White Swan' and I would definitely choose this a great garden addition.
Delphinium - I know these can be temperamental. The tall ones need to be staked and they often don't return the next year. However, I am going to consider a shorter variety and just treat them as annuals. They are so lovely.
I am not ready for any more trees just now. I have a River Birch which I love. Down the road I might consider:
Pink Flowering Dogwood Tree
- Flowering Dogwood - I'll try one of the Dr. Orton hybrids which are resistant to anthracnose, a fungus that can appear on native Flowering Dogwoods.
- Magnolia Jane - A small Magnolia with gorgeous pink flowers.
- Japanese Maple 'Bloodgood' - I need this tree! The red foliage is there spring, summer and fall...particularly striking in the fall.
- Lacebark Elm - I'd love to have an Elm tree, but one of the disease resistant cultivars. This is one of the most elegant shade trees reminiscent of those seen on estates years ago.
So this is my wish list for my landscape! Do you have your favorites?