Give us a call 513-271-2332

Five Plants to Try This Year


(Jump to recent posts)
2019/02/26




It’s too easy to get settled into our tried and true plants. They have served us well over the years, so why deviate?  We’re all guilty of it. But, there are countless plants available that are proven reliable (little risk to the gardener) that deserve a space in our home landscape. Here are five to consider.

Mount Airy Fothergilla (above): Great spring flowers, gorgeous fall color and easy to grow. Flexible: full sun to part shade and short (easy to tuck in anywhere).




Rudbeckia Maxima: If you want the birds, and are embracing native plants then this must be on your list. This full sun plant reaches 5-7 feet in height with its tall, slender stems. Finches flock to it and its basal leaves are an attractive pale gray-green color. We’ve found it to be drought tolerant and very easy to care for. Don’t skimp on the sun, though. It will lean if in too much shade.

 




Aralia Sun King Cordata: This is one of the best shade plants, ever. Incredibly easy to grow, generous in size and most importantly, offers a lime green color in a shade garden often dominated by shades of deep green.

 




Lespedeza: If you have full sun, and the room, this is a wonder! Arching, fountain like habit on somewhat woody stems, this shrub should be cut back each winter, early spring and will bounce back beautifully. In full sun it’s a prolific bloomer. Don’t feed it, and in fact, it likes soil on the infertile side. Proper drainage is important, so I like to have it on the highest point in a sun garden. Easily reaches 6 feet tall and wide. Keep the pruners away! This needs to grow as it likes to be its best.




Verbena bonariensis: If you've ever read an English garden magazine you know, or at least have seen, this plant. When planted en masse its tall, slender stems, topped with purple flower clusters sway in the breeze and attract birds and pollinators in droves. Shorter varieties and those bred to not reseed are fine, but fail to offer the true splendor of the tall, upright variety. This variety will reseed, but you can easily pick the seedlings. Truth is, it’s often desirable to let it fill in, giving a meadow or prairie garden a lush look.  


Recent Posts

(Jump back to Top of page)

A Plug for Plugs
2020/07/27
Spring Showers  
2020/04/23
Giving Joy
2020/03/26
Today at Wimberg
2020/03/26
Prairie Mulch?
2019/11/08
A Finer Path
2019/10/08
Taking Shape
2019/09/30
The Next Generation
2019/09/27
Ault in Bloom
2019/09/09
A Simple Elegance
2019/08/13
Aster Yellows
2019/07/31
The Carefree Garden
2019/07/26
Hardscape Basics
2019/07/01
Mulch 101
2019/03/18
Public Gardening
2019/02/08
An Easy Climb
2019/02/05
Improving the View
2019/01/23
Stepping Up
2019/01/21
It Is So Tempting
2019/01/07
Winter Watering
2018/12/18
Leave Them Be
2018/12/12
Hellebore Love
2018/12/05
Fall Color
2018/11/02
Perfect Pairings
2018/10/11
Planting Walls
2018/09/20
Flawed Opportunity
2018/09/06
Reading the Mulch
2018/08/01
Garden Delegation
2018/08/01
WHY PLANTS FAIL…
2018/03/26
LIGHTING THE WAY
2018/02/26
LESSER CELANDINE
2018/01/25
WHEN STONES PREVAIL
2018/01/22
NO NEED TO PANIC
2018/01/17
WHY ANNUALS
2018/01/05
THE VERY WET GARDEN
2017/11/07
LEAF REMOVAL
2017/10/30