unusual & under-used plants
What plants do you grow that you think are not used enough by other gardeners? What makes it so special to you?
Is the plant not frequently used because it is:
A) rare/hard to find/expencive
B) so common no one cares any more
C) too unusual for most people
Asplenium scolopendrium- Hearts Tongue Fern. I don't think it is promoted enough. It looks like one of those Bird's Nest Ferns but is very hardy! I have only seen a few people in my zone growing them. They look tropical!
Ballota- Horehound. I bought three different kinds this spring. I hope they winter over well because they are AWESOME!
B. nigra 'Archer's Variety' has white/yellow leaves flecked with green. The flowers are a pale purple.
It is hard to describe what Ballota pseudodictamnus and acetabulosa look alike. They have silver-green foliage that is soft and fuzzy. The little flowers are purple. I will provide a link so you can see them.
Chyptotaenia japonica 'Atropurpurea'- Purple Leaf Japanese Ornamental Parsley. I have never seen anyone else grow this plant, so maybe it isn't very common. This is a neat foliage plant for part shade! Dark purple/black foliage.
Gillenia trifoliata- Bowman's Root. Native plant with lacy foliage dainty white flowers. I think many people have forgotten this plant. I hope that since natives are making a come-back it will be a favorite again.
Helianthemum- Sun Rose. I have not seen ONE person growing this plant besides myself. I think it has just fallen out of favor with many. I love it! Some say it is short lived, but mine have been growing for over five years. It is a short plant that forms a shrubby mat low to the gound. The flowers come in single and double form. This plant thrives in the most difficult of situations!
Hyssopus- Hyssop. This is an herb that can be made for teas. It smells like a skunk to me, but I adore it. I have a beautiful dark blue colored one and bought a pink in the summer. It re-seeds very well. The foliage is a wonderfully dark green. The plant stands under a foot tall.
Linaria- Toadflax. Beautiful plant no Cottage Garden should be without! It has tiny snapdragon like flowers that form long spikes. The foliage is blue-green. I have the cultivar 'Cannon J. Went' and it has light pink flowers.
Nepeta subsessilis- Catmint. I know quite a few people grow this, but not enough. It blooms for MONTHS with just minimal dead-heading. Stunning blue flowers.
Scrophularia auriculata- Water Figwort. Sold for areas by ponds and bogs. Mine does fine as long as the soil is moist. One of my favorite plants! The leaves are variegated and the flowers are a tiny and maroon colored. Love it!
I have pics for several of these, but I think I have shown them here several times allready.
Thats it for me. What about you?
Here is a link that might be useful: Ballota pseudodictamnus