What are some of your favorite plants?
One of my favorite plants is Creeping Grey Germander (Teucrium aroanium). The leaves are beautiful soft gray with orchid purple flowers. It has the demeanor of a spring plant, but blooms from mid summer to winter. It’s maybe my favorite plant in the whole garden, and it gets asked about the most. It has that same structure as candytuft and is a nice combination with every thing else that blooms in the summer.
I have about a dozen different varieties of Penstemon, including dwarf Penstemon virens, and Scarlet Bugler (Penstemon centranthifolius) which is huge and hummingbirds love it. I love the Grand Mesa Penstemon, which blooms earlier in the season, and the Prairie Jewels Penstemon, which has varying colors.
I’ve got lots of different types of Salvia, including May Night and Caradonna. Salvia daghestanica is one of my favorites; it requires almost no water. It is in a spot between the patio and the flagstone walkway. I have two patches, one that gets water and one that doesn’t, and they look virtually the same.
Walker’s Low Catmint, it’s beautiful all year. And I have lots of Sedum for texture and lots of Ice Plant and groundcover Veronicas, which provide tons of color.
I have one big Iris and several dwarf Iris (6-10 inches tall) that friends have given me that are sentimental favorites.
I have planted several Hummingbird Mint (Agastache) right outside my living room window, so I can watch the hummingbirds from in my house. My favorite thing about Agastache is the fragrance.
One other plant I really like is the Western Sundancer Daisy (Hymenoxys acaulis v. ivesiana). I love that it seeds around a little bit, but is never a nuisance, and has those pretty little daisies. This year I’m trying the Thrift-leaf Perky Sue (Hymenoxys scaposa).
In the "inferno strip” I have Fernbush, dwarf Rabbit Brush, Apache Plume, Penstemons, Mirabilis, Sulphur Buckwheat (Eriogonum), Woolly Speedwell (Veronica), Prairie Clover (Dalea), Globe Mallow, Salvia azurea, Liatris, and a ton of California poppies. My last act before tucking the garden in for the winter that first year was to throw poppy seeds in the gravel mulch of the inferno strip. They are so prolific that I need to clean out the poppies from around smaller plants like Scutelaria every year.
This year in addition to Perky Sue, I’m adding Black Foot Daisy and Salvia Ultra Violet to the “inferno strip”.