I have a cookie tin that sits on top of my microwave. Everytime I put a plant into the ground, the plant tag goes into the cookie tin. It is filled to bursting. I noticed this as I crammed another four tags into the tin this week. With very cool temperatures and a steady supply of rain keeping garden work to a minimum, I saw the opportunity to document everything I have ever planted. So here it is complete with bonus notes on plant performance. (The purple coneflower pictured is from last year's garden. Right now, it's still months away from blooming. Have I ever mentioned how envious I am of southern gardener friends who have been enjoying them for weeks already? Sigh.)
FRONT YARD WOODLAND GARDEN
Astilbe/Astilbe x arensdsii "Fanal" (totally neglected but it persists)
Blue Cohosh/Caulophyllum thalictroides
Eastern Redbud/Cercis canadensis
Plantain Leaved Sedge
Rattlesnake Master/Eryngium yuccifolium (needs to be moved to a more suitable location, a better fit for a meadow than a woodland)
Red Baneberry/Actaea rubra
Starry False Solomon's Seal
White Snakeroot/Eupatorium rugosum
Wild Columbine/Aquilegia canadensis
Wild Ginger/Asarum canadense
Acer Palmatum "Bloodgood" (beautiful colour and shape)
Clematis "Ernest Markham"
Clementine Red Columbine/Aquilegia vulgaris "Clementine Red"
Cotton Lavender/Santolina chamaecyparissus (hated this plant at first, now I love it. It's a charmer.)
Creeping Thyme/Pseudolanuginosis or Thymus praecox
Daylily/Hemerocallis "Stella de Oro"
Dwarf Calamint/Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta (planted in full sun, average soil, this is a garden all-star.)
Giant Big Blue Lily Turf/Liriope Muscari "Big Blue"
Helleborus "Ivory Prince" (longest bloom time ever)
Heuchera sanginea "Splendens"
Hosta "Golden Tiara"
Ilex "Jim Dandy"
Ilex "Red Sprite"
Japanese Forest Grass/Hakonechloa "All Gold"
Ludwig Spaeth Purple Lilac/Syring Vulgaris "Ludwig Spaeth" (outstanding deep purple colour/fragrance)
Nepeta Grandiflora "Dawn to Dusk" (lots of maintenance work but I like it)
Mother of Thyme/Thymus serpyllum
Perennial Pansy/Viola "Blue Heaven" (warning: spreads like crazy)
Perennial Sage/Salvia x syvestris "Blue Queen"
Pulmonaria "Silver Streamers"/Lungwort (I love this plant more every year)
Purple Labrador Violet/Viola labradorica
Roma Masterwort/Astrantia major "Roma"
Sedum Sieboldii/Stonecrop Siebold
Sedum spectabile "Neon" (I always assumed I had an "Autumn Joy", thank goodness fo plant tags)
Scotch Moss/Sagina subulata "Aurea"
Veronica Spicata "Royal Candles" (among my most favourite)
Wherry's Foamflower/Tiarella wherryi
THE DEARLY DEPARTED
Blue Star Creeper/Isotoma fluviatillis (don't even remember having this one)
Helenium "Rotgold" (destroyed by construction workers)
Heuchera "Peach Flambe" (killed this by planting it in full sun)
New Zealand Burr/Acaena saccaticupula "Blue Haze" (pretty sure I pulled this one because it was a poor performer, looked weedy)
TAGLESS PLANTS AND PASSALONGS
Burning Bush (nothing it beats it for fall colour)
Chinese Lantern (super aggressive)
Chives (can't get enough chives, the more the better I say)
Mountain Bluet (spreads everywhere, can get weedy, have vowed to get rid of it for years but can never say goodbye)
Mystery Giant Hosta (an absolute favourite, perhaps never to be identified)
Purple Beech (this tree brings me more garden joy than any of my perennials. It has been a thrill to watch it grow over the past four years.)
Rose of Sharon
Okay, so I may officially qualify for "Crazy Plant Lady" status especially because this list doesn't, in fact, represent everything I have ever planted. I can only imagine how long the list would get if I started in on the bulbs. My "Kill List" is WAY longer than the dearly departed plants I have tags for. I confess to having destroyed at least one hydrangea and butchering a butterfly bush in my time (but I really don't want to talk about it.) Making this list public might lead some (husband, child) to suggest this gardener should reign in her passion for planting. I think it would be way easier to get a bigger cookie tin.