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Not without that...or that...part 1.

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Which plants in your garden are really important to you?

I was thinking about ‘precious’ plants, that I really can’t imagine being without.

Coronilla valentina subs. glauca

This is my absolute favourite shrub. It’s in flower now, and also flowers in the summer. It’s evergreen too. What more could you ask for?

Viburnum tinus

There are several others I could mention too – Viburnum tinus is a great ‘background’ shrub, which also flowers on and on…and on. I can’t be without that.

Clematis ‘Gipsy Queen’

A bit like my favourite Clematis. ‘Gipsy Queen’ has been in flower for months! I was lucky enough to have inherited her – she was planted on the bank of the stream, and I can’t get to her base to prune her, with the happy result that she is able to spread where she wants to. I wouldn’t want to be without her…

…or ‘Niobe’ either, come to that. I first saw this amazing velvety maroon Clematis in an open garden several years ago – and got her name from the garden owner. She gives so much pleasure for so long.

And dear ‘Freckles’? No – not without that, either. But Freckles has a rival in my garden. I couldn’t honestly choose between them.

Clematis cirrhosa ‘Lansdowne Gem’

They’re both evergreen, and flower in the winter, often producing extra blooms in the summer, as well.
Enough about Clems, or I’ll just choose all the ones I grow!

You guessed – I definitely wouldn’t want to be without Geraniums in my garden. I think you already know which one I’d go for if I could only choose one… It has to be ‘Rozanne’. She starts to flower in June, and is still going strong now – in November! When I planned what I’d plant in the place of the dying Juniper, it had to include ‘Rozanne’ in between the roses, and I think there’s space for another one, too.

Geranium pyrenaicum ‘Bill Wallis’

I wouldn’t want to be without little Bill, either. Oh, I know he seeds himself around, his flowers are small, and he rambles about amongst other plants, but he’s special…but so are my other Geraniums!

And what about this shrub rose – anonymous still, I’m afraid, but it’s a repeat flowering rose, and gives me so much pleasure. It’s a very difficult job choosing which other roses I wouldn’t want to be without – but here are three of my favourites.

Rosa ‘Rhapsody in Blue’

I planted that one two years ago…and I’m delighted with it.

Rosa ‘Pink Perpetue’

This perfectly shaped bloom belongs to a climbing rose, that was here when we came. I didn’t know its name, I just knew that I loved it. I call it my ‘rose in the sky’ because it needs to clamber up above the ornamental grape vine canopy so it gets enough light to flower!

‘Hot Chocolate’ only arrived in my garden in July this year – it’s on the stream bank with other beautiful roses, but I think it is very special, and I’d choose it from all the others there.

Oh, I can’t leave this one out – another new one this year, planted by the gate to climb over the wall there. Its name is ‘Alibaba’ and it smells lovely.

Roses, roses. What would my garden be like without them?

What else? Salvias. I planted some amongst the roses on the bank. I chose one that, to me, is the best herbaceous Salvia – and I couldn’t do without it. It’s S. nemorosa ‘Caradonna’. It has dark stems and beautiful rich purple flowers. If you deadhead it, it’ll reward you with more flowers.

I do have a number of Salvias, because they’re all beautiful – but one I couldn’t do without is Salvia vercillicata ‘Purple Rain’. Loved by bees and butterflies as well as me!

I’ve realised that I have other plants that I wouldn’t want to be without – but this blog is long enough, so I’ve just renamed it as ‘Part 1’.

To be continued…..

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My pink Wisteria is important as it took years to flower and my Sysyrinchium striatum as I bought it at Wisley also my Helenium Sahins Early Flowerer as I bought it at Hidcote Garden. I like to link plants with people or places I love so if I lost them it would bother me. My three large fir trees in my front garden would be a terrible loss to me.
Like you I had better stop there or the list could go on and on.

4 Nov, 2011

 

Camellia sasanqua varieties but I have (Rainbow and Versicolour) they start flowering about now and bring spring a bit closer, Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' which seems to be in flower for a long period and lifts the darkest winter day, Clematis x triternata Rubromarginata and Clematis forsteri, for summer and spring. Hardy geraniums, Just the start of many!!

5 Nov, 2011

 

Last spring I planted a Coronilla after seeing them flowering so well in Cornwall last February.I am training it up a south facing wall and it is flowering well.Lovely plant.

5 Nov, 2011

 

It really is, and I'd hate to be without it. Training it upwards sounds great. :-)))

It's interesting which plants we cherish and why.

5 Nov, 2011

 

What a lovely blog! These plants are special, indeed. I look forward to part 2.....
Thank you for sharing your garden with us.

5 Nov, 2011

 

What a lovely idea for a blog, Spritz - trust you! Most of all I couldn't be without my trees and shrubs which give the garden structure: Betula pendula Youngii, Amelanchier, Hydrangea petiolaris; I adore my twice-flowering Viburnum plicatum Mariesii, and could NOT be without my purple Cotinus with Salvia 'Cerro Potosi' growing through it.

As for plants, yes, Geranium 'Rozanne' definitely, and I also treasure my Imperata, Panicum 'Shenandoah' and the ordinary but lovely Stipa 'tenuissima'. :))

5 Nov, 2011

 

I can see why! Beautiful blooms. can't wait to see more! :)

5 Nov, 2011

 

All your plants in your garden are lovely, would'nt be able to choose if i was you.

5 Nov, 2011

 

Cant fault the reasoning (and sometimes no reason!) Spritz. These are the plants you really look forward to, year after year.
My pieris is my fav. shrub, Margaret Merrill the rose, I would love to keep all my irises but if pushed to name two, my old fashioned Arctic Star (tough as old boots after 30 odd years) and Rosalie Figge, which is flowering now as well as June. Alstroemeria Inca Ice, from summer and still flowering (as are the others) and Golden Delight. Like you clematis Niobe as well as Broughton Bride. Rud.Goldsturm an autumn blessing. Daylily Kwanso (a thug but I love it).
If my garden were as big as yours my list would be huge...so I hope yours is also cos I really enjoyed Part 1 and cant wait til Part 6..Part 7..lol!
Thank you for this and future blogs cos it really opens my mind to lots of different things I dont have and might try!

5 Nov, 2011

 

I've put your blog on my favourites B. I just love so many of these plants too. We definitely like similar things don't we! Sadly I have had to part with Rozanne now as she is just so big and rambly. Still, plenty of smaller geraniums in there, including Bill, which is one of my favourites too. Now, I'll have to have a think about what plants I couldn't be without...first thought...ALL the Cornus....I adore them all...wish I could grow more of them! You are right, I really need at least an acre! ;))

5 Nov, 2011

 

Thanks all for commenting and sharing your 'precious' plants. I hope you would - it's interesting to know!

I'm glad you're enjoying my blog. :-)) I hope I'm not encouraging you to spend any more, Tetra. ;-/

What a shame, Karen, but I do know how much space 'Rozanne' takes up. We do indeed like similar plants!

5 Nov, 2011

 

rosa 'New Dawn', Paeony 'Sarah bernhart' and a 1936 Heuchera all fro my mums garden after she died. Lupins as dad hated them and mum loved them so I do too.

then own choices Clematis 'Victoria' C.montana 'Elizabeth' after my two gorgeous daughters and a Viola 'Rebbeca' for a special little girl.

Lily of the valley, it was my wedding flower and I have always loved its purity.

Must have snowdrops and hardy cyclamen.

thanks for this thought provoking blog spritz.

5 Nov, 2011

 

This blog strikes a cord with me Spritz as I am trying to take a piece of everything I love when I move. I have pots everywhere containing cuttings and divisions, some of my younger shrubs are ear marked for digging up closer the time. It's hard when you want to take it all but at the same time leave a lovely garden for the new owners.
Ps I love your ‘Bill Wallis’ and will be looking out for one next year.

5 Nov, 2011

 

What lovely plants you've listed, Sbg! I think you might hold the record for the oldest Heuchera on GoY. ;-)

Annella - Would you like me to try to find a baby 'Bill' for you? Don't go spending money, they always over-price Geraniums that are easily grown from seed. :-))

5 Nov, 2011

 

Yes please Barbara. My list is longer than your blog but it has all my favourites from my old garden in Wilby and my newbies from friends on Goy including your Erigeron that is still full of flower and in a pot ready to go to it's new home :o)

5 Nov, 2011

 

I had to laugh - because this blog would have been yards long if I'd included all the plants I couldn't do without. That's why it's 'Part 1'. :-)

I'll pot up a 'Bill' seedling for you when I can get into the garden. Nice to hear the the Erigeron is doing well.

5 Nov, 2011

 

Great to read about all your "indispensables", Spritz! I've got a lot on my balcony but I couldn't go without my bestest, most favourite rose, Fred Loads! I uploaded a few photos once to My Photos.

I bought 3 many, many years ago - I still lived at home with my parents then! - & planted them under the living room window with the idea that they would be visible from inside the house every time we entered/left the living room. Little could I imagine how they would grow during the 30 odd years I was away from home, in Spain!

When we moved back here, to the UK, 10 years ago, I found one & planted it in a fairly big tub on my balcony - but, sad to say, it has never rewarded me with many flowers & just seems to hardly grow at all. Yet for all that I wouldn't be without it & will try to do whatever I can to get it to grow bigger & give me more flowers.

6 Nov, 2011

 

Good luck with it - I hope you can nurse it to full health.

6 Nov, 2011

 

I like that Coronilla Spritz.

I am trying to put more evergreen plants in my garden and I have never heard of this one before, so will look out for it in future.

7 Nov, 2011

 

You won't regret it, Frybo. It's such a pleasure to have in the garden. There's one with paler yellow flowers, too - add 'Citrus' to the end of the name.

7 Nov, 2011

 

Thanks for this blog Spritz, must be hard for you to narrow it down to 2 or possibly 3 blogs, I have too many to list on here, and it changes, it would be easier to do a blog on plants I don't like lol

8 Nov, 2011

 

Now there's an idea, Dd.;-)

I am finding it hard, but another blog will be on the way soon. Yes, the list changes, but there are some plants that would be there whatever.

8 Nov, 2011

 

I am full of good ideas, OH dreads me saying.......I have been thinking!! lol

8 Nov, 2011

 

I had to laugh at that, Dd. That's exactly what I say, and he know another project is on the way! ;-D

8 Nov, 2011

 

Four of my favourite plants grow in the pond which I sited near the french windows so that I can enjoy it from my armchair too. The double marsh marigold heralds the warmer months and the dwarf lily produces loads of flowers in the summer; both of these were grown from portions of the plants in my last garden, and their parents were planted in my Father's pond a good 30 years ago or more. I also brought pieces of houttuynia and the blue water iris with me from my old garden, they are such beautiful plants which give me so much pleasure.
There are my 'nostalgia' babies too, the lily of the valley which reminds me of my maternal grand-mother, the norwegian maple which was a birthday present from my Mother about four years ago, my Father's container grown rhododendron and the contorted hazel which my husband and I chose and planted together just before he died.
Then there are the roses and sweet peas which produce such heavenly scents.
Gosh, wouldn't life be drab without these and all the others on this endless list!
Indoors I have a small collection of scented geraniums, cape primroses and african violets.

11 Nov, 2011

 

What lovely memories you plants hold, Xela. :-)

11 Nov, 2011

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