Sometimes we want something unusual in our gardens, but for someone planting a new garden, I would choose some trees, some evergreens, some deciduous shrubs, and some groundcovers, and repeat them throughout the garden. These are my favorite 12:
|Winchester Cathedral rose|
RosesYou knew that one, didn't you? :) Of course roses! There are so many different types of roses, there is sure to be one that fits your garden.
BoxwoodIt goes so well with so many other plants, or it can be a feature all on its own. It can be left to grow naturally, trimmed, or shaped into a topiary. It's versatile and evergreen. I can't imagine my garden without it.
HolliesI have to admit I just like the name ;), but I also love the holly berries that come in winter. It makes a great tall hedge, and its sharp leaves are a good deterrent to trespassers, if that is a concern.
PavoniaThis shrub was picked up by me on a whim, but I've grown to love it. Pavonia is such a reliable plant, blooming throughout our hot summers. And that's not an easy thing to do!
CamelliaWho doesn't love a plant that flowers in winter?
IrisMany gardeners have an iris obsession, and I am beginning to understand it. The more irises I have in my garden, the more I want!
Other bulbs (lilies, crocus, etc.)Bulbs are another reliable addition to the garden. I think they're like sprinkles on cupcakes - they add a little fun, excitement, and color.
Some don't like these trees, and I understand their faults, but when they bloom in spring, all is forgiven. I can't imagine not seeing those beautiful spring blooms.
|Crape Myrtle blooms|
Crape MyrtleMost trees bloom in spring, but crape myrtles bloom in summer. How nice to have another tree blooming just when you think the show's over. Different types, different colors, different heights - there is a crape myrtle for every Southern garden.
Lambs earI've always loved this plant in the garden. I love its smell, I love its looks, I love its soft, fuzzy leaves. Supposedly lambs ear is a good plant for a children's garden, but I think it's just a good plant, period.
CatmintWhat a gorgeous combination planting this makes with all different types of plants, but especially roses. I fell in love with the combination of catmint and roses and had to buy more last year. I will probably end up purchasing even more this year!
|Even dried, the hydrangea is a sentimental favorite|
HydrangeaA sentimental favorite, I can not imagine planting a new garden and leaving these beauties out of it.
But we all know that our favorite plants are not the same thing as our favorite flowers! Of course, some are. Just in case you were wondering, here are my 12 favorite flowers:
|Cinco de Mayo rose|
Roses - listed above
Camellias - listed above
Hydrangea - listed above
Bulbs were listed above, but I would specifically name as favorites the Crocus and the Lily.
ScabiosaMy scabiosa is still blooming! It bloomed through most of January last year, too. It attracts bees, plus it's a pretty purple that makes a beautiful companion plant to almost anything in the garden.
BlanketflowerThe bees love, love, love these flowers! They fight over the blooms. These, too, are still blooming in my garden!
GardeniaThis plant attracts people. I once was walking across the parking lot of a garden center and could smell a sweet, soft, lovely fragrance from across the lot. I ran over to the plants, wanting to know which plant's fragrance was wafting through the air. It was the gardenia. Even perfumes try to copy its fragrance.
AstersJust when the summer garden is dying down, asters spring up. What a lovely way to end summer's glory.
A wonderful plant to attract butterflies! I could not take a picture of my white 'Fragrant Angel' echinaceas without a butterfly in the picture, too.
SalviaSpikes of purple make a great companion planting to just about any plant in the garden.
Water LilyThe most perfect plant in form has to be the water lily. It could be described as seductive. The moment I saw it, I was seduced by its beauty, and am thrilled each time it sends up one of its flawless blooms.
Diana of Elephant's Eye challenged us to name our 12 favorite plants. She intended for us to name one each month, but my coffee was very strong this morning, so I decided to name my 12 all at once!