Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Spotted Dead Nettle

Lamium maculatum

Since I’m still having computer problems and can’t access many files or pictures, I’ve been trying to answer my own question about new plants for next year from memory.
I think my brain hurts.

One plant I’m sure to add is spotted dead nettle.

I plan to buy some “White Nancy’. I’ve seen this pretty white bloomer in other gardens. It should brighten the dry shade of the large French Lilac. (See Spring Pruning post from May 12, 2010.)

I’ll move some ‘Purple Dragon’ that has done well under a locust tree. It blooms most of the summer.

I hope to get more color around the lilac. It’s a tough place to grow plants - dry and full of roots. Time will tell.

More information on Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’ and ‘Purple Dragon’ from Dave’s Garden.

I’ll be on vacation starting next week. Hopefully, when I get back at the end of the month the computer problems will be fixed. I’ll have lots to share of my travels and I will be able to plan for next year’s garden in earnest.

I wish you all a joyful Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Next Year

Computer problems are giving me fits. I hope to have it fixed in a few days.

In the meantime, what new plants are you planning for your garden next year?

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

October Daphne Stonecrop

Hardly noticeable along the path, this October Daphne Stonecrop (Sedum sieboldii) survives but doesn’t thrive. I walk by all the time without giving it a second glance.

It has been in the same spot for 8 years – full sun, a good place for sedum, right? But It has never been a robust grower.

Of the original 3 Daphnes planted in 2002, one is completely gone. The pictures here are the best looking plant of the two that remain. The Autumn Joy Sedum and Golden Teardrop (Sedum lineare) grow well in this area

The pictures at Perennial Resource dot com show what it should look like.

If you have any suggestions (or want to commiserate), please leave a comment. It’s a pretty little plant and I’d like to make it happy.

If it survives the winter, I’ll try to pay more attention next year.