Plants I Want to Order
The Perennial Plant Association has named Hakonechloa macra "Aureola" the 2009 perennial plant of the year, and fellow garden blogger Margaret Roach of A Way to Garden lists it as "a plant I’d order," which is high praise, considering gardeners desire many more plants than they actually purchase.
She has also posted this wonderful picture of the grass in among ferns and hostas, and it looks very dramatic.
This long-season ornamental grass looks kind of like an Asian style liriope, as well it should. It’s common name is golden variegated Japanese forest grass.
It can be used as a ground cover or a mass planting or along the front of a border. Hardy in zones 5 to 9, it likes partial shade in hot climates like ours. It also likes moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil, but then what plant doesn’t?
The Perennial Plant Association began the plant-of-the-year program in 1990, selecting a perennial that is suitable for a wide range of climates types, is low maintenance and has multi-season interest.
By the way, the PPA will holds its symposium and trade show in St. Louis July 19-24, with lots of lectures and seminars. E-mail email@example.com for details.
Tell us what’s on your list of "plants I’d order." Mine is really, really long.
Photo credit: A way to garden.