Me too. If I get started on picking the prettiest and the best, before you know it, I’ll have chosen every single plant in my garden.
So I’ve chosen just a few, and decided that this year I’d focus on one perennial, and why it’s been a fantastic addition to the garden from April through September.
Alyssum ‘Snow Princess’ (Lobularia) If you think that all alyssum are alike, think again. I foolishly planted three of these Proven Winner alyssums in the back of the garden, thinking, “It’s an alyssum, how great can it be?”
It is a great plant and then some. ‘Snow Princess’ is vigorous but compact. Take a look at the photos I took that show the Proven Winner’s plant behind some alyssum I grew from seed. The ‘Snow Princess’ is still fresh, green and flower-filled in September, while the seed grown plant is stemmy and sprawling. No contest.
I am also completely smitten by the Fusion ‘Peach Frost’ impatiens from the Simply Beautiful line from Ball Horticulture. This is the perfect plant to lighten up shady beds, because the foliage is variegated and the peach flowers beautiful. I used ‘Peach Frost’ around dormant bleeding hearts and I was happy from July 4th through September.
Another Simply Beautiful plant that captured my heart is the ‘Purple Flash’ ornamental pepper in this line. A group of Master Gardeners from Michigan recently visited my gardens, and this pepper was the plant they asked about most. It grew 15” in my garden, and as wide as it was tall. The dark foliage alone is an asset in gardens, and add to that the lavender flowers and the “purple flash” of light violet foliage and the round, black peppers, and you’ve got a winning plant.
This year, it’s second season in the entry garden, this Heuchera has really strutted its stuff. I’ve included several photos here to show you how this plant changes over the season and yet continues to bloom for such a long time.
Since it was so difficult to zero in on my favorites this year, I think I just might have to make this a biannual or quarterly feature here. Before I knew it, I’d chosen them all.