Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The last pix of this year's garden (S-Z)

Salvia phlomoides
This wonderful Moroccan was a highlight of the garden this past year--an introduction via Mike Kintgen. A winner!
Salvia caespitosa
This is the first time I've attempted this salvia on a wall: a bit more sun and it may make a show!

Saxifraga Mossy dwarf
I planted a number of these in the garden--they do have cultivar name I must look up: all of them are taking off and spreading...

Saxifraga hostii
By far the toughest, most vigorous silver. There are now a dozen or more clumps on his slope--they should make quite a picture in a few years!

Scrophularia chrysantha
This is one of my favorite color combos of early spring...must add more of both...

Scutellaria orientalis
An outstanding skullcap, don't you agree? One can never have enough of these...

Sedum (Hylotelephium) 'Cherry Tart'
I traced the progress of this sedum in another blog recently, but can't resist another glimpse!

Sedum ternatum
One of the best sedums, common in the Appalachians, but seemingly rare in gardens.
Sempervivum wulfenii
One of the very best houseleeks--huge rosettes and glorious flowers!

Senecio bigelowii
OK. It's not so very showy...but easily grown and cool.
Seseli gummiferum and Atriplex hortensis 'Rubra'
Both self-sow and are indispensible...in my book anyway!
Sideritis scardica
One can never have too many of these Mediterranean "mountain mints"--this one is especially graceful.
Sinningia leucotricha
Not hardy in Colorado, but pretty necessary for the window...

Smyrnium perfoliatum
This popped up in a path (unauthorized) the year I was to find acres in bloom in Greece a few months later!
Spartium junceum
It freezes to the ground some years, but comes back strong!

Sphaeromeria capitata
A cousin to Tansy, this is one of my favorite step cushion plants from Wyoming.

Spigelia marilandica
Astonished at how beautifully this has finally settled down in my woodland garden. It's been high on my wishlist for years...hope I can reel some others in soon!

Sporobolus wrightii
The only picture of this lot not taken at my Quince st. garden: this is a few miles away--and looks far more majestic than mine. I did have a super clump--but in the wrong spot and it isn't crazy about transplanting the time of year I did it (fall)...
Stachys citrina
I tried this many times and failed, and suddenly I have it all over the garden. Have I learned something, or do I have a hardier clone?

Stomatium agninum Giant form
The monster of hardy mesembs--I've grown this on and off for decades. Almost non-existent in commerce.
Symphyandra (now Campanula) armena
Apparently, Symphyandra is just a segregate of Campanula. (They are a distinct cluster who deserve subgeneric status at least)...so still symphies to me!

Tellima grandkflora
I need lots more of these: there were massive clumps in gardens all over New Zealand...

Thalictrum tuberosum
Another one I struggled to obtain...

Trachycarpum orientale
Purportedly spready in some gardens, it's very restrained for me: I love that blue!

Tradescantia longipes
I first got this from Boyd Cline, probably over 40 years ago: it's persisted here and there ever since.

Trillium nivale
My favorite of the genus: first to bloom! And tough.

Tulipa cf chrysantha (dwarf)
Originally from Goteborg--don't know what name they had for it, but it's delightful.

Tulipa fosteriana
The classic red emperor: finally have a good spot for it!

 Tulipa bakeri and Narcissus
Love this combo...
Valeriana sp. dwf
It came from Arrowhead alpines under a name I can't find anywhere else. It blooms forever!

Verbascum atropurpureum
Very close to V. phoeniceum, I know--this one is more wiry and very tough.

Verbascum seedling (hybrid)
A seedling of V. phoeniceum hybrids and a big yellow one: it's come back several years, but the seed doesn't seem to be fertile...

Verbascum lychnitis
This perennial white one would be so wonderful if it looked this good all the time. But it doesn't.

Mixed Mulleins Rogues galllery

Viola pedata (finally!)
This tiny plant is a triumph for me: I never thought I'd fine forms that tolerated our soils and climate--until I visited a site in Kentucky two years ago. Some day I'd like to have patches like THESE! My pictures didn't turn out as well as Matt Mattus' from the same field trip in Michigan.
Yucca elata (note the tiny Eremurus stenophyllus center left)

Zigadenus venenosus in our little patch of blue gramma prairie


  1. This has been such a fun series of posts, but...um...cough, cough,...no I, J, or K?? (When I can't sleep, I have a game where I go through plants in my garden that begin with each letter of the alphabet, and I was excited when you started this series because I always get stuck at K! I figured you would give me some ideas...)

  2. I had way too many "I"s (Iris)--and gently sidestepped Kniphofia and a few of the "J's" I grow (Jasione, Jeffersonia, Juncus all leapt to mind)... I'll do that Addendum post just for you Careymoonbeam!

  3. Your garden might be 100 times better than mine, but at least I can say I have one plant that the great Panayoti does not. I still wonder why you couldn't get the Lithospermum canescens plants I sent you to grow. :)

  4. You are way too kind, James: first of all, ALL Gardens are EQUAL in the pleasure they afford: I know you have a LOT of plants thriving that have eluded me, and I've seen pix of your garden: it's a gem.

    And I hope to see it in the coming year if my Chicago gig comes through! Happpy Holidays,


    1. I have been considering the problem and the reason the Lithospermum canescens plants did not grow for you is probably a lack of winter moisture. I put some plugs in my insulated garage to 'protect' them one winter and lost most of them. They had previously been happy frozen under a pile of snow for the winter. However, they could not tolerate drying out during dormancy.


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