Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Quirky Bird's Top 100 plants

Everyone has favourite plants so I set myself the task of listing my top 50 plants and ended up with a top 100! So here they are, plants I would always have in my garden, from trees and shrubs right down to bulbs. I could add more but for the reader it might become sleep fodder. Some in the list are an entire genus because I couldn't pick just one species or variety, some are that one special that I must have. Most of them you will notice are also tough, good doers and often have more than one feature that will increase interest in the garden. I have grown all of them successfully in my exposed Scottish gardens. In winter the Eucomis and Pelargoniums always go in the heated greenhouse and the auricula Primulas into the cold greenhouse but everything else is year round tough, colourful and well worth trying in your own garden.

Trees, shrubs and conifers
Betula - Amelanchier lamarkii - Blueberries
Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys'  - Euonymus alatus 'Compactus' - Ilex 'Blue Princcess'
Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' - Abies koreana - Corylus maxima 'Purpurea'

Trees, shrubs and conifers
Cercidiphylum - Viburnum bodnatense 'Dawn'
Parottia persica - Liquidamber styracifolia

Abies koreana                                                                    Amelanchier lamarkii
Betula                                                                                Blueberries
Cercidiphylum                                                                   Corylus maxima 'Purpurea'
Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'                                           Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea'
Hebe buchananii 'Minor'                                                   Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princcess'
Liquidamber styracifolia                                                   Nothofagus antartica
Parottia persica                                                                  Rosa 'Blanc Double de Coubert'
Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys'                                     Sarcoccoca hookeriana var humilis
Viburnum bodnatense 'Dawn'

Muscari 'Dark Eyes' - Fritillaria meleagris - Narcissus 'Ice Follies'
Lilium 'Black beauty' - Allium sikkimense - Tulips
Eucomis bicolor - Snowdrops - Colchicum 'Waterlilly'

Allium sikkimense                                                                Colchicum 'Waterlilly'
Eucomis bicolor                                                                    Fritillaria meleagris
Lilium 'Black beauty'                                                            Muscari 'Dark Eyes'
Narcissus 'Ice Follies'                                                           Snowdrops

 Carex - Luzula nivea - Molinia
Melica nutans - Stipa gigantea - Miscanthus sinensis 'Cosmopolitan'

Carex                                                                                       Hakonechloa macra
Helictotrichon sempervirens                                                   Luzula nivea                                              
Melica nutans                                                                          Miscanthus sinensis 'Cosmopolitan'
Molinia                                                                                    Stipa gigantea

Veronica gentionoides - Chaerophyllum rosea - Digitalis purpurea 'Sutton's Apricot'
Acaena - Aquilegia 'William Guinness' - Lunaria redivia
Francoa sonchifolia - Cyclamen hederifolium - Euphorbia myrsinites

Acaena                                                                                    Actaea simplex 'Brunette'
Aquilegia 'William Guinness'                                                 Aruncus dioicus
Astrantia                                                                                 Bergenia 'Claire Maxine'
Brunnera macrophylla 'Langtrees'                                          Cardamine
Cephalaria gigantea                                                                Chaerophyllum rosea
Corydalis flexuosa 'China Blue'                                             Crepis incana
Cyclamen hederifolium                                                          Dalmera peltata
Daucus carota                                                                         Dianthus
Digitalis purpurea 'Sutton's Apricot'                                      Dipsacus fullonum
Echinacea                                                                               Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Globe'
Epimedium                                                                             Eryngium x zabelli 'Jos Eijking'
Erysimum 'Apricot Twist'                                                      Euphorbia myrsinites
Francoa sonchifolia                                                               Geranium phaeum 'Album'
Geum 'Pink Frills'                                                                  Hellebores                          

Papaver - Actaea simplex 'Brunette' - Dalmera peltata
Bergenia 'Claire Maxine' - Omphaloides cappadocica 'Cherry Ingram' - Dipsacus fullonum
Sanguinaria canadensis 'Plena' - Tiarella - Saxifrage ‘Spotted Dog’

Valeriana phu 'Aurea' - Sedum - Dianthus
Cardamine - Eryngium x zabelli 'Jos Eijking' - Thalictrum
Sanguisorbas - Pelergoniums - Epimedium 
Hosta 'praying Hands'                                                          Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver'
Leucanthemum vulgare                                                       Lunaria redivia
Monarda                                                                              Omphaloides cappadocica 'Cherry Ingram'
Ourisia alpine                                                                      Papaver
Pelergoniums                                                                      Primula auricula
Pulmonarias                                                                        Ranunculus 'Brazen Hussy'
Sanguisorbas                                                                       Sanguinaria canadensis 'Plena'
Saxifrage ‘Spotted Dog’                                                     Sedum
Stachys lanata 'Silver Carpet'                                             Thalictrum 'Elin'
Tiarella                                                                                Trifolium 'Red Feathers'
Valeriana phu 'Aurea'                                                          Verbascum thapsus
Veronica gentionoides                                                        Veronicastrum

Ferns, Herbs, annuals and Climbers
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurescens' - Matteuccia struthiopteris - Clematis montana 'wilsonii'
Osmunda regalis - Nigella - Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata'
Primula auricula - Polypodium - Hedera hibernica 'Rona'

Clematis montana 'wilsonii'
Clematis viticella Purpurea Plena Elegans
Hedera hibernica 'Rona'

Dryopteris erythrosora
Gymnocarpium dryopteris
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Osmunda regalis

Melissa officinalis
Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata'
Origanum 'Country Cream'
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurescens'


Leucanthemum vulgare - Cephalaria gigantea - Aruncus dioicus
Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Globe' - Daucus carota - Monarda
Stachys lanata 'Silver Carpet' -   Hellebores - Pulmonarias 

Hopefully this list has given you some inspiration for your garden and some of your favourites are in this list too.

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  1. What a wonderful list and beautiful photos, which have made me long for summer. I am not sure I could have stopped at 100 - you are very restrained! A few here that are unfamiliar to me, and plenty of old favourites of mine. I am surprised you didn't mention those magnificent Aconitum...

    1. Thanks Jo, like you I could have gone on and on and those Aconitums would have made it in a longer list, these are my absolute favs I wouldn't be without, hopefully most of them will make it into the nursery gardens and for sale too

  2. This is a great selection, beautifully presented. I tried to do something similar a few months ago - I think it was just perennials - but I got stuck around 90 as I had too many left I liked roughly equally. It's not an easy task for a garden dreamer! I like the way you've been able to choose a mix of plants that would look great together. I suspect mine would have been too flower-heavy.

    1. Hi! Thank you, it wasn't easy to get it down to 100, I originally thought 50 but had too many favs lol.