Design Consideration – Moon Gardens

If you enjoy spending time outdoors in the evening, consider installing a garden close to your patio, deck, or walkway whose theme is white.  White flowers are more visible than others at night, and many are very fragrant.  You can anchor such a garden with a small white flowering ornamental tree (Chionanthus virginicus – White Fringetree, a Virginia native), or a few white flowering shrubs (Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’, ...

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2012 Perennial Plant of the Year ‘Jack Frost’ Brunnera

Each year, the Perennial Plant Association names an outstanding plant its “Perennial Plant of the Year.”  Once again, I was delighted to learn that the latest (2012) selection is one of my favorites: Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’.  Brunneras (Siberian Bugloss) are valued for their shade tolerance and lovely blooms.  A compact woodland plant of 1-2’ rounded mounds, the plant sports ...

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