Confused cherry blossoms have appeared in Boston and “dormant” potted roses have produced albino buds in my garage, but the calendar says winter. So I’m happily pursuing my favorite occupation during the dark days: catalog cultivation. Bluestone Perennials, Select Seeds, and Plant Delights have made their appearance in my mailbox, and, as usual, I’m eagerly scanning them for all the new introductions.
So far, these are on my must-buy list:
•All the Japanese anemones I can possibly cram in the garden. Could these be any groovier? They take shade, multiply freely, and provide elegant blooms at a difficult time.
•Hotties from Blooms of Bressingham: Geranium Rozanne (I’m a sucker for these, though they’re not quite as shade tolerant as they’re cracked up to be); Heliopsis Bressingham Doubloon (gets to five feet and I could use the height).
•Campanula Bernice: I know hybridized doubles are frowned upon by purists—see my About page.
•Groundcover madness: Sadly, these unobtrusive plants seem to be my best bet. This year, I’m trying chrysogonum.
•Helleborus x hybridus Heronswood Double Pink Strain (Heronswood Double Pink Hybrid Lenten Rose): Another irresistable double. Plant Delights is offering many former specialties of the late, lamented Heronswood. They aren’t cheap—by anyone’s standards—but I’ve found helleborus to thrive under my generally crappy conditions.
Finally, I don’t know where I’m putting it, but I must have a hydrangea with variegated foliage.
Thank god there are so many plants I either hate (mums, asters, achillea, sedum); can’t grow/have given up on (delphinium, echinops, dianthus, grasses); or know better than to become obsessed with (hemerocallis, hosta).
But I will be ordering all plants that are tall, take full shade, have huge bright flowers, need no support, require minimal watering but don’t mind wet soil, and bloom all summer. Yeah, all of those.
P.S. As usual, I’m so all about me. Tell me, what are you lusting for this season (gardenwise, that is)?