I acquired this in a 2" pot and boy, did that little plant grow -- the first season it grew to 5' feet high and approx 12" to 15" spread. Just behind the shastas, mid October, looking stunning while grappling for attention with the vibrant maple in the background.
Heatwave has quickly become one of my favourites in the garden in 2013 and 2014. Attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, deer and rabbits not so much. it is heat-loving, drought tolerant, and not too picky about the soil condition. It also makes a great cut flower with the beautiful long spikes and magnificent colour. Sadly, the winter of 2014/15 brought 2 giant dumps of snow, and our Heatwave didn't come back. I will write more about my new choice for 2015/16. My desire to experiment with ever-changing garden themes and to discover new combination of flowers and plants.
Dusseldorf Pride / Seathrift (2015)... more to come. I've replaced our mesclun patch out front to tidy tufts of Armeria. Hopefully the creeping thyme will take underneath it. Photo to come.
We have two kinds: green fern-like foliage has delicate red/white hearts while the red fern-like foliage has white hearts. Both are early bloomers and low maintenance. Far right is called Heart & Soul courtesy of Bemis Farm Nursery.
Well established when we moved here, I quickly learned this is a low maintenance, long blooming beautiful plant. Blooms in June, and when cut back 1/3, it will bloom again til frost. Loves full sun. It is magnificent in front of the house with russian sage and lavender. Here on the left is ours early April with last year's woody stems. On the right from the web in its full beauty.
I decided on putting this under our already established magnolia tree. Although a native of Eastern Asian (Japan, Korean woodlands) the climbing hydrangea is a true climber, loves the shade and acidic soils. I love the showy big blooms, as well as winter interest as the bark exfoliates. The leaves turn yellow in autumn. (left) from our garden and on the right (from the web)
They're understated, discreet, (that's why I like them so, I suppose) but oh so hardy and the blooms can last for several months. They're the first to peak through the snow. They are shade-loving and drought & heat tolerant. They are not native but originally from Europe however they're an excellent plant for our climate.
Touch of Class / Polemonium -- I love the interesting feather-like green and cream coloured foliage. Removing the old blooms just brings on more and more. It does beautifully in sun or part shade. Photo to come
I first fell in love with Lewisia last spring at Linden Gardens. www.lindengardens.ca and on the right my newly acquired baby Lewisia, early April
Lewisia, is a flowering succulent. Drought tolerant, but can be watered during the very dry months of July and August. This is great because we do have some existing cedars which require lots of water. A native plant, and great companion to Hens-and-Chicks and Sedums.
Rosa rugosa "Michel Trudeau" this is a real cold hardy flowering rose shrub and it blooms all season long. It's named after Pierre and Margaret Trudeau's son Michel who died in an avalanche. Bonus is that the foliage turns plum red in the fall for extra showy garden. Photo to come
Petite Wonder / Beebalm is a member of the mint family and the foliage has a lovely light scent. I love these especially because butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the blooms. Photo to come.
I decided to use Roman Chamomile as a ground cover for the area in front of my vegetable garden, 2014. I won't need to mow it but I'll let it grow to its maximum height of 4" and it will spread becoming a dense thick mat of ferny carpeting with fragrant June flowers. It loves the sun but requires minimal water! In Spring 2015, I tore this all out. Unfortunately, my chamomile got leggy and messy.... not what I had in mind. At the moment, the pathway to my vegetable garden remains sandy with stepping stone. I may put in tufts of Blue Fescue and creeping thyme. More to come when I finally make up my mind.
Russian Sage (not russian and not sage) comes originally from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tibet. I love it that it's low maintenance, drought tolerant, loves sun and blooms twice -- in the summer and when cut back, blooms again in the fall. I love the silvery wispy spikes and airy purple lavender colour. I cut them and bring the stems in and they look beautiful in a tall vase. The leaves have a slight aromatic fragrance.