In 2012, I joined Diana of Elephant’s Eye in choosing twelve months of my favorite garden plants. Here are my last two choices for November and December.
November – Clematis. It is hard to imagine a garden without at least one flowering vine. I grow many, but if I had to choose, Clematis offers the broadest range of choices. You can plant a Clematis to climb up a trellis, along the ground or to entwine among a shrub or tree. I just ordered Clematis ‘Tango’ to ramble among my Dogwood shrub. And hopefully I will see our native Clematis Virginiana bloom this year. Pictured below are Clematis Roguchi, Clematis Claire de Lune (planted for my niece), and an unknown Clematis. I hope to add more of these beautiful flowering vines to my garden wherever I can tuck them in.
December — Sedums. Sedums bring fantastic foliage to the garden. Their habits are tall or short, creeping or matting. Their leaves are round, succulent, needle-like and almost all are colorful. Their blooms are star-like clusters and attract many insects. I grow a tapestry of Sedums in my front garden which I’m hoping to mimic out back in a new bed. Blue Spruce, ‘Angelina,’ and Kamtschaticum Sedum are just a few that I grow. One of my favorites is Sedum Matrona which I grew in Maine but have yet to come across here. If I do I’ll be sure to add it to the Violet Fern garden. Maestro (pictured directly below) is a close second. Sedum Tricolor (in container) is a new addition this year.
So here it is finally, my list of 12 months of plant picks! – the Dozen for Diana: