Earlier this week, I attended Plant Amnesty’s, “Meeting of Like Minds,” for all those who love plants & want to treat them well. The speaker was Alex LaVilla from Swanson’s Nursery, who discussed his favorite plants for the shade garden. As a committee member of Great Plant Picks, Alex only chose plants who have passed the criteria to be a Great Plant Pick!
What is Great Plant Picks? It’s an education outreach organization, from the Elizabeth C. Miller Garden, which chooses plants which are hardy for the Pacific Northwest. This covers the area from British Columbia south through Oregon – a large area to cover. It also sounded like its focus is west of the Cascade Mountains. One example Alex LaVilla mentioned is Carex, a fountain grass-like plant, which does exceedingly well in Seattle. I have several in my home garden. But Carex is considered a weed in Eugene, Oregon, spreading rapidly & taking over people’s gardens. So Carex is not on the Great Plant Picks list.
In the future to pick your own Great Plants, I suggest you go on the main page, then click on Plant Lists. Then either type in the plant you are looking for or the category. 2013’s category was focused on Small Space Gardening. Then click on the plant name for more information. One of my favorite trees, Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa,’ is on their list. My photo is one of its beautiful red flowers that bloom in late February – early March.
You may recall I included some Great Plant Picks in my Dragonfly Garden. What are some of your favorite plants for the small garden?