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My own special top 25!

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Well, it was going to be my top 10, but seriously? who could get it down to only 10?

So, here are my (current) top 25 plants which I would have to take with me if I moved somewhere with a tiny tiny courtyard or similar. Even the thought of it makes me want to cry, but some people only have a very small space and I am blessed to have more than that, even though I would like an acre!

In alphabetical order then….

Acer Palmatum ‘Sango kaku’. A beautiful Coral Bark Maple. It earns it’s keep all year around. Gorgeous.

Arbutus Unedo. Evergreen shiny leaves, lovely rich brown bark, little bell flowers and super little red fruits that hang down during autumn and winter. The perfect small tree really. Sorry I don’t have a better photo for you, but imagine this at 5-6’tall!

The fruits look like this….

Camellia Jap. ’Nuccio’s Pearl’….I love all Camellias and this one is my current favourite. The colour is so subtle and pretty. Not yet in flower but the anticipation is so sweet!

Choisya ‘White Dazzler’. I have a few Choisyas and this one is my favourite. It is only small, but perfectly formed and flowers really well, sometimes twice a year. Lovely scent, and evergreen of course too!

Clematis…how could I do it, but I have decided to take only one…‘Blue Angel’ because every year, without fail, no wilt and no tantrums, this performs.

Cornus Kousa ‘Satomi’. I still haven’t got one for this garden. I tried to bring the one with me from my old garden but sadly it resented the move and died. I really must get one this year! It’s a stunning small tree, the salmon coloured bracts will stay on from May to July, making it well worth it’s keep in this short-list. I love all the Cornus.

Coronilla Valentina subsp. glauca Citrina. Compact evergreen climber at my front door in a pot. Flowering now and the scent is wonderful, like jonquils.

Cyclamen Hederifolium…for low down autumn colour and beautiful foliage.

Fatshedera Lizei ‘Annemieke’ Evergreen short climber. Lush shiny ‘tropical’ looking foliage. Cheers me up all winter long.

Geranium Clarkei ‘Kashmir Purple’…again, how could I only take one Hardy Geranium? But this one self-seeds prolifically and the colour is just so pretty. Finely cut foliage makes it just the best in my book, although it was a toss-up with the stunning ‘Ger. Pratense ’Hocus Pocus’.

Helleborus Niger…pure white with a glowing centre of gold. My favourite Hellebore of them all.

Heuchera Marmalade. So many colours, lovely crinkly leaves and it over-winters really well here, so this had to the the one from my growing collection.

Iris Chrysographes. Almost black little Iris…such a character and fascinating too. It’s the garden equivalent of the ‘Little Black Dress’ ;)

Jasminum Humile Revolutum. Evergreen jasmine with yellow scented flowers. If you’re going to have a Jasmine, what could be better than an evergreen scented one? Slightly tender so they say but this is doing well for me here.

Lilium Martagon. I love the turks cap lily..the shape of it is beautiful.

Magnolia Loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’. I introduced this last year and can’t wait to see it in flower again this year. It doesn’t get too tall, so this would be the Magnolia for me.

Meconopsis Betonicifolia…even if I have to import Ericaceous soil and hummous, this has to come with me!

Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’. Loads of flowers, small in stature and early.

Primula Cuneifolia…just a little treasure, I await it eagerly every year!

Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’. A slow growing Prunus with beautiful early blossom and fascinating twisted stems through the winter.

Rhododendron ‘Ebony Pearl’. I found this at Glendoick over a year ago and was smitten. Evergreen.. well, ‘everbronze’ to be correct, foliage and stunning bright deep pink flowers. Nice upright compact growth habit so far.

Rosa….well if I HAD to choose I would go for the one with the most powerful scent to be honest. ‘Chartreuse de Parme’..you can smell it yards away. This one is also healthy, reliable and strong and the colour starts out bright and loud, but fades to a soft deep purple.

Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’. Couldn’t leave this. It is so beautiful, long flowering and reliable.

Tulipa Humilis ‘Persian Pearl’ A tiny jewel of a tulip that you don’t have to lift.

Viburnum Tinus ’Bewley’s Variegated’…I’d have to have at least one evergreen Viburnum with it’s cheerful bright foliage through the winter. This one is less tough than most, but has survived the last two winters with only a little frost damage.

Sorry that last one is a bit blurry. Now, over to you….give me some better ideas! :))

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Amazing choices Karen - all beautiful! I love the purple Geranium behind that gorgeous Iris - please could you ID it for me? Thanks! :))

You obviously know your plants, and look after them well. I love flowering dogwoods too, but neither of mine has flowered. :(((

31 Jan, 2012

 

Thank you both very much. Shelia, that is Geranium Magnificum. No longer in the garden as it just gets too big for my spaces. About 2-3' high but isn't it gorgeous with the Iris? :))

Thank you Bilbo...glad you enjoyed it.

31 Jan, 2012

 

What a lovely blog, so well photographed.

31 Jan, 2012

 

Beautiful blog Karen. I agree with your choices. Love the rose especially, and the Clematis.

31 Jan, 2012

 

yes so beautiful Karen :))) I have Arbutus Unedo, Choisya ‘White Dazzler’ (says need a licence to propagate it on my tag?!) have a few clematis on the front , would love the fatshedera, love Heuchera. Cylamen - can't grow them always die on me :( your plants always look better than mine - proper care :))))))))))))))

31 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely selection,Karen.The one I adore is Cornus Kousa,but sadly have just read what it's final size will be!Just don't have any more space!

31 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks S.side and Cinders.

Paul..most new plants have that proviso on the label, it's a nursery's form of copy-right! But I haven't been propagating this one...yet! :)))

Julia..have a look around. The one I had was grafted on to a standard. It was only about 5' tall after about 5 years. I shall be trying to get another one like that! :))

31 Jan, 2012

 

Absolutely beautiful plants Karen! You have a lovely garden.

31 Jan, 2012

 

Some beauts there Karen, especially those stripey tulips!

31 Jan, 2012

 

thanks karen, some beautiful plants, i put it on my favourites so i can keep reminding myself of what else there is!!

31 Jan, 2012

 

Some lovelies here - a few already been on my wishlist for a while and one or two like Choisya and Fatshedera that just do not survive here. I have tried them.
You have a very interesting garden, Karen. Lots of TLC here, I can tell!

31 Jan, 2012

 

Love the colour of the Meconopsis Betonicifolia :-))

31 Jan, 2012

 

Ah thanks frieds. Oji, isn't it amazing what a difference a few hills make! :)) Still, you do live in a beautiful place and we grow what we can get away with don't we ;)

31 Jan, 2012

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Excellent!!! Karen

31 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks Karen - yes, your G. Magnificum looks absolutely gorgeous next to the dark Iris!

And, as you said to Meadowland (I think), Cornus kousa can be grown in a pot . . . one of mine is, so it won't get any taller than 5 ft.

31 Jan, 2012

 

All beautiful plants Karen. Almost had a weep over the Coronilla I lost mine after last winters frost but its on top of my list for this year. I notice yours in in a big pot - good idea at least it can be moved into the greenhouse.

31 Jan, 2012

 

Great choices there Karen.
... and useful information with each plant :o)

31 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks very much everyone. Stroller, it has to be in a pot because the only safe place for it is in my front doorway where it faces south east. There it gets sun and protection from winds coming from the North. :)

31 Jan, 2012

 

Oh! Karen........I could really do with that Fatshedera leaf for my flower group next week.

31 Jan, 2012

 

all look lovely karen, love the shiny leaf climber alot, is it very hardy. i love alot of plants but i dont have the room, would love lots of land and a woodland is a defo if i could and a streambank to, i dont want much haha :o))

31 Jan, 2012

 

Wonderful pics & a great reference Thankyou

31 Jan, 2012

 

Hi Linda...what about a Fatsia leaf then...bet you have one or know someone who does? Or a big Ivy leaf?

Hi San, the Fatshedera came through last winter. It's top was blackened but I cut it back and it grew huge this year. It is in a North East facing corner and gets no sun at all. Nothing much would grow in that corner, but the Fatshedera loves it there! It would get blackened by frost and wind, but if you have a shady protected spot.....we want the same things me and you...I suppose a lot of people would want that, but we need to think of all the people living in High rise without so much as a balcony!

Thank you Willinilli, I'm glad you enjoyed my blog.

31 Jan, 2012

 

Beautiful, every one of them...Glad you choose 'marmalade' as your fav heuchera...mine too...:>)

31 Jan, 2012

 

Wow what a fantastic blog and choices Karen love them allx

31 Jan, 2012

 

Thank you very much ladies, I'm glad you approve! :)

31 Jan, 2012

 

Now thats a lady who knows what she wants,lovely pictures KS.

31 Jan, 2012

 

What a difficult choice to make Karen, but all stunning beauties, and what fabulous photos too! My faves are the black Iris, gorgeous and those Turk Cap Lilies, on my wish list for this year. I have some garden vouchers our daughter bought me for Xmas, and they are going on summer bulbs, just love Lilies, and maybe Nerines, they could sunbathe nicely at the foot of my sunny wall....:o))

31 Jan, 2012

 

Karen you would need more than a courtyard for this lot, Lol!!! I dont think I could choose, Camellias, Iris, geraniums. Hellebore, Calla lilies, so so many. All with such perfect flowers, it makes me quite emotional.

31 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely selection! I DID have to choose what to bring with me and in the end all that would fit into the back of the vast lorry holding our entire home contents were my two beloved Acers in their huge pots. Sadly the red Acer died in the first winter here, but the Palmatum is now in the ground and loves it here!

1 Feb, 2012

 

Goodness Nariz..that's a tragedy...but I think well worth it for those wonderful views! Thanks everyone....GG..I don't know, I think with some good pots I could fit em all in! :))

1 Feb, 2012

 

All lovely photos Karen. I agree about 'Kashmir purple' that really is an all time favourite for me, now closely followed by 'Purple pillow'. I love your ‘Chartreuse de Parme’ and have it on my 'new garden' list. The reality is I will be making these sort of decisions some time this year but not limiting it to 25 Lol!

1 Feb, 2012

 

I bet you could Karen!! Lol

1 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks Annie. Lets hope you have plenty of room and can accommodate lots of your treasures! Of course you will, you wouldn't move otherwise! :))

GG...;)

1 Feb, 2012

 

Karen have you seen Owdboggy's Alpine house blog?

1 Feb, 2012

 

No I haven't Annie....I'll have a look though, thanks!

1 Feb, 2012

 

No cacti ?
But then you hate them , don't you :o(

1 Feb, 2012

 

I can see why you picked these particular plants, a wonderful selection, I too love the Acers, the Cornus, and Camellias and would not like to be without the Choisya's, I love the Iris, bought one many years ago and it turned out to be blue!! have just used my Christmas money (had put it aside to buy a new swanky mobile) spent it on plants.....will have to wait for an upgrade now...lol
Lovely blog and super photos Karen, as usual.

1 Feb, 2012

 

Yes I'm surprised you haven't added any Cacti Karen?

2 Feb, 2012

 

Me too lol!!

2 Feb, 2012

 

Lol DD!!!!!!!

2 Feb, 2012

 

Gorgeous Karen. Absolutely love that Iris and the geranium and the lilly ... need I go on :))

2 Feb, 2012

 

;) Girls! ;)

Thanks Sam!

3 Feb, 2012

 

:) LOL great blog love all the pictures - like I said I am very biased that is what mothers are like eh!!

OOPS: Nearly burned my sconea whilst reading all the replies that will teach me!!!!

3 Feb, 2012

 

Yum, scoooooooones! :)))) jaaaaaaaam and creeeeeeeeam! :))

3 Feb, 2012

 

Now what did you tell me about dieting being easy?! Lol x

3 Feb, 2012

 

;)) you don't get fat 'imagining' a cream tea....although sometimes I wonder. :))

3 Feb, 2012

 

Good taste. Am looking up Fatshedera Lizei ‘Annemieke’ now as that is something I want for my garden - thanks for the inspiration. If I may add an idea for your garden, Cercis chinensis Avondale. I have just ordered that and it has amazing purple-pink flowers in Spring. Has an oriental look.

4 Feb, 2012

 

Oh Kildermorie..good luck with the Cercis. I have Cercis Canadensis 'Forest Pansy' here. It is beautiful and always attracts comments in the summer. Last spring I even had a few flowers on the bare branches, but they are so tiny, you would need a lot to make any impact and I only had very few. Anyway, there is one drawback to mine...it is extremely brittle and therefore prone to wind damage and accidental damage by me when I'm busy around it. Hopefully your var. won't be quite so vulnerable, but look out for that! :)) It also has beautiful autumn tones, but it does drop its leaves early and is very late to come in to leaf (June). Off to look up yours now.....:))

4 Feb, 2012

 

I admit I got some large Ivy leaves from my neighbour....mine are too small. Fatsia leaves are very popular in flower arranging, but some plants I just won't pick!!!! I usually end up supplying my sister and my cousin with greenery. I will show you the latest arrangements after Tuesday.

5 Feb, 2012

 

Great! Looking forward to that Linda!

6 Feb, 2012

 

I missed this one Karen, not sure how i did that, some very nice plants there, my personal fav there is Iris Chrysographes and the meconopsis... both my fav colours...

6 Feb, 2012

 

Thank you S.Lad! Glad you enjoyed it.

6 Feb, 2012

 

Well, I've just looked back at this to see how many of these beauties I did bring with me when I moved! Funny to think that when I wrote the blog I had no intention of moving house...yet here we are! The garden here is much more exposed, so I have to consider wind damage before adding anything. Glad to say I still have 16 of the 25, but I had quite forgotten about Fatshedera, which is a must for my decking here, so that will have to be obtained! And Salvia verticillata...how could I forget? that will fill up a few gaps in the cool colours border asap! Then there's that Clematis...wow..so pretty. I just don't know where I would grow such a big one here....that will have to wait until I get my Pergola on the Herb Garden Wall. That evergreen Jasmine...humile...would be great scrambling over the gate wall in the Golden Border. I wonder if it would survive there....worth a try. The lilies....so pretty and so expensive! On the list for Autumn bulb buying later in the year. Cornus Kousa...oh, I would love to, but here, with this wind? I don't know if it could take it...probably not. But in a pot against the house wall...maybe. Magnolia 'Leonard Messel' now there's a thought. The larger magnolias probably wouldn't like it here, but this one might be ok...now where on earth could I put one? And Nuccio's Pearl...I really miss her. She got planted in the ground and had to be left at my old garden. Such a beautiful Camellia....sigh....but I have four Camellias here and only one of them looks happy. Perhaps Nuccio's Pearl is better off where she is.

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