Best of Season of ‘20

The last thing I want to do nowadays is look backwards on this year! But, it wasn’t all bad and every year I take a moment to celebrate the plants that gave me the greatest joy over the growing season! Some are old favorites, some finally worked after years of trying and some are plant lusts I’ve dreamed of owning over the years! All are a reminder that this year hasn’t been a total s***show!

Here they are in no particular order! Enjoy!

Callistemon viridiflorus

Why it’s on the list: My queen returned to her former glory this season after a couple of off years! Magnificent!

Fabiana imbricata ‘Violocea’

Why it’s on the list: She’s an untidy and scraggly mess but when she is in full bloom, KAPOW!

Edgwarthia crysantha ‘Akebono’

Why it’s on the list: The single greatest plant purchase I’ve ever made. Stunning orange lanterns lighting the way to spring!

Kniphofia thompsonii var snowdenii

Why it’s on the list: The favorite of all my kniphofia – and there are many! It had a very good year.

Kniphofia ‘Wolf’s Red’ and Eryngium ‘Big Blue’

Why it’s on the list: This combination just floored me. Give me all the kniphofias and eryngiums please!

Dierama ‘Xera’s Darkest Purple’

Why it’s on the list: She NEVER disappoints! Another fabulous show this year.

Lilium martagon ‘Russian Morning’

Why it’s on the list: I want ALL the martagons (and I’m working on it!) This one really hit its stride this year!

Scutellaria orientali v. pinnatifida

Why it’s on the list: I just love this little weird guy and how it works and weaves its way in the dry garden.

Nectaroscordum siculum (Sicilian Honey Garlic)

Why it’s on the list: Because practice and patience does pay off! Third time really was a charm! SWOON!

Erigeron karvinskianus ‘Profusion’

Why it’s on the list: Little bright buttons of love that last and last and last and last! I want them everywhere!

Sisyrinchium angustifolium ‘Lucerne’

Why it’s on the list: This is just one of many varieties of sisyrinchium in my garden. They provide endless amounts of bright blue and purple happiness all season!

Euphorbia ‘Fireglow’

Why it’s on the list: if you know me then you know orange is my jam. I’m not sure you’re going to find a better orange in a plant!

Asclepias fascicularis

Why it’s on the list: I’m obsessed with plants that look like weeds. Plus, take a look at those flowers up close!

Agapanthus ‘Graskop’

Why it’s on the list: I’m collecting agapanthus and this was my first, is my most reliable and most unusual. It’s getting a little out of control, though.

Camassia leichtlinii caerulea

Why it’s on the list: Camassia is spring to me. Big blue floral sparklers of spring.

Allium atropurpureum

Why it’s on the list: A plant lust from a garden tour years ago finally come to life in my garden!

Allium sphaerocephalum (Drumstick allium)

Why it’s on the list: Love, love, love these little beauties I’ve coveted in fellow blogger’s gardens for years. They had a very good first year!

Lobelia ‘Bruce Wakefield’

Why it’s on the list: Because I can’t grow Lobelia tupa in my garden to save my life!!!! Lol, but, honestly, it’s gorgeous and I got it to survive a winter for the first time!

Silene coronaria (Rose Campion)

Why it’s on the list: I know it’s common as dirt but, come one, that color, that bloom time and every yellow swallowtail for miles wants a piece of it!

Oleander ‘Hardy Red’

Why it’s on the list: This plant brings back memories of my childhood in New Orleans and I’m so excited that it seems to be thriving!

See you in 2021!

2 thoughts on “Best of Season of ‘20

  1. So many lovelies! And yes, my garden too, made 2020 tolerable. I think I might have told you I’m growing white martagons from seed. If successful, I will set a couple aside for you. They are in their second year, so I should know by spring. Fingers crossed!


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