I’M NOT GRATEFUL FOR MULTIPLE WASP STINGS, nor for the latest woodchuck who likes to hang out on the patio between garden-fresh meals. I am grateful, however, for a number of bold-textured or simply large-scale plants, and particularly for some with white in their foliage or flowers that help to freshen up the look of the place right about now, in the dog days. They were the topic of today’s radio podcast—did you listen in? More details:
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Some of the plants I mentioned on the air today (or forgot to in some cases!) as helping bring at least visual relief to my August garden:
- Among the Aralias, both woody and herbaceous (that’s the herbaceous species cordata, top photo)
- Hydrangeas (for me, the species H. paniculata, but others would be refreshing now, too)
- Ornamental grasses, especially white-variegated types of Miscanthus
- A mass of white-variegated twig dogwood
- Cannas, with their bold leaves (I could live without the flowers)
- The ‘Rogers’ strain of bottlebrush buckeye, as mentioned the other day