Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tiny Treasures

Far too often I am like so many other gardeners and focus on the big impact plants, forgetting about those tiny beauties that can add incredible interest to your landscape.  Whether you use them as a ribbon of color along a border or a surprise treat that visitors stumble upon in some of the more remote spots of your landscape, their beauty offers your senses a visual and often fragrant delight.  Don't forget about these tiny treasures.  I have my favorites, hopefully some of them will become your favorites, as well.

China Blue Fumewort.  This one grows between 6 to 8 inches, and produces tiny, true blue flowers.  It has a lovely fragrance and enjoys the cooler areas of your yard.  A woodland perennial,  the flowers form in clusters.

Rokey's Purple Aubrieta.  A small cottage garden flower that works well in rock gardens or spilling over walls. Spreading to about 6 inches, it enjoys full sun.

Bath's Cheddar Pink (Dianthus).  Lovely pink blooms, this dianthus is a classic in rock gardens or cottage garden borders, and typically grows around 6 inches.

Dalmation Bellflower.  A neat, attractive groundcover that grows 4 to 8 inches tall.

Glowing Magenta Evening Primrose.  Loves the sun, thrives with good drainage and grows to a height of about 6 inches.  Its great color makes it a welcome addition to any garden.  

Red Mountain Ice Plant.  Loves the heat, is drought tolerant, blooms to early fall and only grows 4 inches tall.  

Little Treasure Rock Cress.  The name says it all, and the abundance of pink blossoms that grow between 4 to 6 inches tall make it perfect for both rock gardens and borders.

Black Magic Violet.  With its black flowers dotted with a golden center, this unique flower will pair well with a plant with lighter foliage.  While it can tolerate the full sun, it does prefer shade.

These are just a few of our favorites.  Try one in your garden.

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