Posts Tagged ‘Cool Plants’

Three Neat Plants

Hemerocallis 'Milk Chocolate' at Hayefield

I’m not a huge fan of daylilies (Hemerocallis) in general, but really, who could resist any plant with the name ‘Milk Chocolate’? And what an intriguing color it is: a rusty orange to coppery pink-orange, depending on the light, with a bit of darker maroon and a yellow throat, creating all kinds of exciting possibilities for combinations. I currently have it against ‘Grace’ smokebush (Cotinus), shown above and below. Continue reading

Three Neat Plants

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Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Signs of spring are being disappointingly slow to show up in my part of Pennsylvania, but no matter: I still have plenty of archived photos of cool plants to paw through. This edition of Three Neat Plants features three cold-tender foliage beauties. It’s way too early to think about planting them outdoors but not too early to think about ordering them for later planting. All three of these cool plants grow fine for me in full sun and average, well-drained soil.
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Three Neat Plants

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Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

It’s time for another exciting edition of Three Neat Plants (not to be confused with the three “desert island” plants I blogged about over at Gardening Gone Wild a few days ago). Here at Hayefield, Neat Plants don’t need to be pretty, practical, multi-seasonal, or in any other way especially gardenworthy; they just have to be interesting. It so happens, though, that all three of today’s picks are good-looking as well as out of the ordinary. Continue reading

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Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Just look at that blue! Do I even need to explain further why blue pimpernel (Anagallis monellii) deserves a place in the “Neat Plants” hall of fame? Continue reading

Three Neat Plants

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Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Up to this point, I’ve been choosing the Three Neat Plants based on whatever looked good at the time I was writing the posts. But now that the growing season is over, I’ll be picking randomly from my very long list of candidates. So now, on to this installment of Three Neat Plants, presented in no particular order. Continue reading

Three Neat Plants – Early October

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

I have such a backlog of neat plants to write about that it was tough to choose just three for this edition, but I think I’ve found some winners to amuse and delight. First up is a little cutie: pink knotweed (Persicaria capitata; also known as Polygonum capitatum). I know, I know, knotweeds can be scary with their propensity to spread, and if I lived where this one was hardy (mostly USDA Zones 8 to 11), I doubt I’d find it so cute. But here in mid-Zone 6, it reseeds very modestly, and I count myself lucky to get a few seedlings each year. Continue reading

Three Neat Plants – Mid-September

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

How’s that for red? I realize that celosias aren’t among the most cutting-edge plants, but this one really caught my eye this year. In past years, I’ve grown ‘Wine Sparkler’ and liked it very much for its dark foliage and rich crimson-red plumes. For something different, I tried the new ‘China Town’ this year, and wow, what an amazingly intense, clear red. Like ‘Wine Sparkler’, ‘China Town’ has burgundy-blushed to deep purple leaves, and it reached 18 to 24 inches tall for me. If you too are always hunting for great reds for the garden, you can get seeds of this awesome celosia from Park Seed. Continue reading