It’s never too late to find the end of the year model plants for the garden. A long-time favorite of ours, Amsonia hubrichtii is one of those plants that finally made it into this year’s horticultural headlines with its well-deserved honors as the 2011 Perennial plant of the year. http://www.perennialplant.org/documents/poy2011.pdf
Why do I mention this end of the year model now? Besides its wispy texture and its dainty flower, the fall foliage on this plant is stunning and absolutely phenomenal. Its amazing color prevents that perennial border from shutting down too soon. And isn’t a lot of why we garden about color?
Although the timetable for planting perennials is a tad too late, finding that perfect location for adding one of these late season models to your borders can be in the works now. So if you are looking for a bit of advice on a perfect perennial, try one of our all-time favorites.
To end this Friday’s post on a light note, an Erma Bombeck quote fits in quite nicely. “When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.” Enjoy your weekend.
Close up Images of Amsonia hubrichtii fall color by Ann Bilowz
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