Steve Bender from the Grumpy Gardener issued the challenge, and I accepted the gauntlet where it lay.
Which six plants in my garden could I not live without? That’s a very tough question. I’ve pondered it for several days and thrown some of my original choices onto the mental compost pile.
Number one is obvious. Come on, everyone knows it . . . yes, roses! Not those silly Hybrid Teas which require a crash cart on continual standby, but instead, the beautiful, landscape shrubs, both old and new, which add such grace to a garden. If that’s not enough incentive, what about the old rose scents which are complex and beautiful.
Number two is the daylily. I know there are some people out there in blogland who don’t like humble Hemerocallis, and that there are others who are self-professed Hemnuts, but I fall somewhere in between. I dearly love my daylilies. As HH says, June is the best month in my garden. It is as though someone threw flower confetti up in the air, and it landed gracefully throughout the beds.
My third most favorite is the peony. What a great flower. Yes, rain does sometimes mar their appearance, but if you know a storm is coming, cut them and bring them indoors. I love the singles, the doubles, the Japanese anemone style. There is not a peony that I don’t love, and this year, I’ve branched off with a tree peony. We’ll see if it can live up to its herbaceous brothers.
Number four is Acer palmatum, the Japanese maple. With nearly unlimited variety in tree size and shape, along with so many different types of foliage color, they won me over. Japanese maples look great in containers and in the garden beds. I love them. I do.
Grasses and grass like sedges. I know these are more than one plant, but as a category, I have to include both. Again, there are so many different types to choose from. In fact, I just bought ‘Prairie Fire’ at a garden festival last weekend. It is orange and green. Also, with the way the wind blows in our red dirt state, I might as well work with the wind. Grasses and sedges give the landscape beautiful movement on even the calmest day.
That brings us to six. I don’t think I could garden without Phlox. Must I choose between paniculata, divaricata, subulata, or the new-to-my-garden pilosa? I hope not. I find that I also want to try the Proven Winners Intensia group, but haven’t found them sold in Oklahoma.
So, there you have it, my chosen beauties. What are the six plants you can’t do without?