C. lacteus nicely pruned into a tree form.
The berry period for Cotoneaster lacteus is pretty long, clearly it is well-started now and if you go to this post, you can see it in December and February as well. Clearly, this plant calls to my attention when there are berries more than when there are flowers (not that the flowering period is bad). I’ll try hard to get out and get some shots of the plant in flower this spring.
Not an herbaceous perennial or annual to be seen in this planting but isn’t it glorious right now? If you want a low maintenance planting for sun that looks nice year-round and peaks at an unexpected time, this is it. Let’s take it plant by plant, starting from the left. Read more »
When I saw this plant I thought, “Oh yeah, yeah, this that cool Cryptomeria,” but what was its name? My id skills aren’t what they used to be. A hunt through my old id cards led me to Cryptomeria japonica ‘Spiralis’ but a close look at the branches showed that they aren’t that spirally – but not all ‘Spiralis’ are so I’m sticking with that id unless someone out there can correct me. Read more »
Looking for something other than mulch to go under that well-known water hog, the Western red cedar? Try the native Paxistima myrsinites. It can take sun or shade and can handle even the nastiest of dry shade. Read more »
A summertime look at one of my first postings. This is a nice, simple low-maintenance planting, livened up by he edibles planted in the hell strip.
Check out the April post here.
May 1, 2013
Aren’t the little pink cones adorable? Of course, they won’t stay pink, they’ll eventually turn brown but this would still be a nice plant to have in the garden. Dwarf conifers add great permanent texture; the needles act as a great foil to larger-leaved plants and contrary to popular belief, some conifers clearly display some great seasonal color. Read more »
Alright, I’m having a mental block. All my attempts to come up with a pithy yet evocative description of these plants falls short so today, I’ll just let the pic explain itself.
- yellow flowers, far left and bottom right – Aurinia saxatilis, basket-of-gold, evergreen
- blue flowers, center – Rosmarinus officinalis, quite possibly ‘Tuscan Blue’ based on how deep a blue the flowers are, evergreen
- chartreuse, short, right – Euphorbia myrsinites, donkey tail spurge, a self-sower so beware.
Confederate jasmine, 3/26/2013
A plain green vine cloaking a fence in March – ho hum. Confederate jasmine is ho hum most of the year but not a bad ho hum. A vine that hides ugly fences, comes through at least this mild winter well-clothed in pristine leaves (no ugly black spots) and flowers well in at least some shade is not a bad plant, but you don’t grow Trachelospermum jasminoides for its evergreen leaves. You grow it for its divine, carrying, summertime fragrance – anything else it give you is just gravy.
For more on Confederate jasmine, check out thispost – August, If only the internet was scratch and sniff.
Late winter seems to specialize in little flowers at your feet. Cyclamen, snowdrops, winter aconites have all been in plentiful bloom (okay the cyclamen aren’t usually plentiful but the pleasure they give is bodacious) and flowering merrily along with them are the crocuses. Read more »
Louise Beebe Wilder (who died in 1938) wrote of snowdrops (Galanthus sp.) saying that she’d seen them force their way upward in mid-winter, “through solid ice and blossom, each surrounded by a tiny melted circle in the ice as if the chill little blossoms emanated a slight warmth before which the frigid element must needs give way.” I believe if I lived in a harsher climate, I would better appreciate these tough little beauties. Read more »