Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Big on Betony

Most every evening I sit by a garden on the west side of my house and wonder what I should plant next. Some of the plants that I really like in this sloping garden are a Shantung Maple, Kopper King Hibiscus, Little Henry Sweetspire, variegated Porcelain Vine on the south end and Prairie Dropseed, Jade Butterflies Gingko and Bearded Iris on the north end. In the middle, the problem area, there is a semi circle of Green Velvet Boxwoods and a Heptacodium. I've had a hard time trying to decide what to use as a groundcover in the middle section. Today I saw the Hummelo Stachys (Betony) flowering and decided it's the perfect plant. It is hardy in zones 4-8, works in part shade and full sun, and is drought tolerant.

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