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Best Plant(s) in my garden

18 October 2017 10:59:53

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Margie really set me thinking so I had a scroll through my photos for this year and there was no way I could find one that met all the criteria - also I've noticed that I seldom take photos of the plants that fit the first two criteria!

1. Best worker

2. Least minding

3. Lifts your spirits when you see it

4. Makes you smile when you pass by

So I'm combining 1 and 2 in my first photo - this is one of the Potentillas that I have in my little mini-Burren area. They are so trouble-free - just give them a good trim in the early spring and they flower for months right through the Summer into Autumn. They are so forgiving that even if you forget to cut them back for a few years they don't mind at all!

My second photo is the "Lifts your spirits" one - and it is one of my Rhus Typhinas - Rhus 'Tiger Eyes'. I have a couple of these and their wonderful Autumn colour really does lift my spriits particularly as I really dread the shorter days of winter which are just around the corner.

And the third one - the "Makes you smile" one is definitely my Tetrapanax Rex - this photo was taken in April after a late frost had killed off the first spurt of growth - but I have no recent photos of it in its prime! It is such a giant and it is the plant that most visitors gasp when they see it, and for this it definitely makes me smile when I pass it!

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akeelahhassan akeelahhassan 18 October 2017 11:32:52


Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 October 2017 13:23:01

Three great plants. I don't have any of the shrubby Potentilla. But I agree about Tetrapanax. One of my favourites too. I've just been out photographing some of my top few.

LindaB LindaB 18 October 2017 14:08:09

Love the 'Tiger Eyes'!!!


MargieD MargieD 18 October 2017 14:55:03

Great to read about those Hazel. I will now keep an eye out for them. 

Thanks for posting. 

I'm finally getting organised with a gardening file. 

PeterW PeterW 19 October 2017 16:53:38

3 super plants, the rhus does have spectacular autumn colour and I would consider even exotic looking leaves.


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