|[ Blue Echeveria (Echeveria secunda) | Posted on September 23, 2011 ]
This is one of my "foundation" plants. I started with a 1-gallon cluster, and over time I've planted pups in several places in my back garden, where it provides continuity from one bed to another. I really like the cooling blue color, and it's pretty accommodating about locations. It can take some shade, although it gets leggy over time and has to be cut back (awwww, darn.....more plants to start). It's excellent for defining borders as long as it's protected from the weed whacker. When temps drop to the low 20s, it dies back and looks awful for about two months in the late winter-early spring. But then it comes back stronger than ever. I love how it snuggles into nooks and crannies. Excellent rock garden plant!
|[ Graptoveria (XGraptoveria 'Opalina') | Posted on September 23, 2011 ]
This is not only one of my favorite succulents---it's one of my favorite plants. Looks good year-round in my garden, even in frosty 20-degree winters!
|[ Tall Verbena (Verbena bonariensis) | Posted on September 17, 2011 ]
Although I know people who dislike this plant, it's one of the favorites in my "cottagey" garden. I love the open structure that leaves room for other plants behind it to show through. I now periodically cut my plant back so it blooms a bit lower than its normal height, making the stems less likely to fall over. It has a tendency to reseed, but the seedlings are easy to pull if they turn up somewhere I don't want them. Butterflies and hummingbirds like the blooms, and I've seen both sample nectar from each tiny little flower in a cluster.