Plants I Love & Hate

Hate: Vinca Minor

Posted on July 25, 2011

This is the kind of plant you encounter in many commercial plantings or perhaps in yards that also are inundated with Juniper tams and Photinia. But not always, sometimes Vinca appears in very nice gardens, but it just goes wrong. … Continue reading

Hate: Carex morrowii

Posted on July 25, 2011

It always looks so cute and perky in its little perfect 1 gallon container at the nursery, right? It always looks so good its first year in the ground, it grows well, the yellow variegated foliage looks so good with … Continue reading

Love: Amelanchier- Serviceberry

Posted on June 21, 2011

This unassuming tree is a native that deserves a little recognition. The spring flowers are delicate clusters of simple white blooms which become clusters of blue fruit in the late summer and fall and will attract birds. The fall color … Continue reading

Love: Sword Fern

Posted on June 21, 2011

There are some gardens that are basically TOXIC when it comes to maintenance. Or there are some gardens that are located far enough away that they will not get maintained the way they should, then they become a nightmare, due … Continue reading

Love: Hakonechloa aurea

Posted on June 21, 2011

This is also known as Japanese feather grass. I particularly like the variegated variety. I like the ‘All Gold’ but I do not find it to be as reliable as the striped cousin. I like how this grass can live … Continue reading

Love: Black Mondo Grass – Ophiopogon nigrens

Posted on December 21, 2010

I think my favorite thing about this grass is the ink jet black bold straps of leaves and the fat fruit that comes after the slightly purple-ish white blooms fade. The berries seem almost like they are made of obsidian, … Continue reading