But I like it anyway. It was somehow leaked that the 2011
perennial of the year is Amsonia hubrichtii “Arkansas Blue Star.” The Perennial
Plant Association has not yet announced it, but I saw it in the 2/7/10 Newsday,
and PPA prez Steven Still was quoted as confirming the choice.
This is another native, which is interesting. And another
blue-flowered plant—2007 was nepeta, 2008 was a blue cranesbill and 2010 (how
long ago that seems!) was baptisia. (I do OK with cranesbill, but many of the
plants chosen by PPA need airier conditions, more sun, and lighter soil than I
Speaking of natives, I received a semi-disturbing message
from a non-gardening acquaintance who (nonetheless) is now working for the
local land conservancy and wants to “coordinate their mission with native
plants.” Maybe I should advise her to tell the conservancy to plant amsonia and
baptisia everywhere. Then, even if I can’t grow them, I can enjoy them wherever
I go. Or maybe not.
(These are Susan’s pictures, as she suggested in comments.)