Question: What is the most under appreciated plant that I should have in my garden?
Answer: I was typing up this article last night in bed and I fell asleep! I did not forget about my challenge!
One plant that I feel is really under appreciated has to be Tiarella, or you may know it as Foam Flower. Tiarella is a shade loving perennial with green, lobbed leaves - sometimes you may find red markings on the leaves. The plant sends up a stalk with either white or pink flowers. They pair well with Heuchera and Astilbe. Whenever I bring this plant in, it just never sells. I feel Tiarella is a really whimsical plant. I have to say my favorite variety is Tiarella ‘Sugar and Spice’; I am really loving the pop of pink with this variety.
A few other plants that could have been on the list is:
Jerusalem cross or Silene chalcedonica: I am a huge fan of the bright red orange blooms. The plant grows upright and enjoys dry soil and hot sun. This is one of my favorite plants that I have not seen in awhile. I’m pretty sure I was exposed to this plant when I first started in the industry which was well over ten years ago. I ended up planting one at my parents house. It thrived VERY well, took off like a dream and took up a bit of space. Leggy, but beautiful. It reminded me of Verbena.
Ligularia: I am a HUGE fan of the deep colored leaves and the warm tone colored blooms. These plants take up so much space. They love the shade and wetter soil conditions.
I feel like Irises are also another good contender. There are so many beautiful varieties and cultivars but I never see them on plant availabilities or in people’s yards.
Weigela: Year after year I snag all these amazing Weigela varieties and they never fly off of my sales floor. They range from being dwarfs at two feet by two feet to five feet by five feet. I see them rebloom occasionally to give you a small pop of color in the summer time. Their foliage is interesting - from variegated to deep maroon (I’m looking at you Proven Winner’s Weigela Wine series - LOVE THEM!). These plants make an excellent deciduous shrubs in any landscape.
I think that covered all the plants I feel under appreciated and that I would definitely like to see more of in any landscape!
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