Discovering plants has been a continuing source of delight since we moved to North Carolina. Many were not new in the world of back yard horticulture, but they were new to this transplanted gardener. Before I began gardening here, I had never seen some of my new found favorites…muhly grass, reblooming iris and azaleas, ninebark, purple weigela, ‘Tardiva’ hydrangea, Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’, ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangea, ‘Summer snowflake’ viburnum, and the list goes on and on. What a wonderful and continuing learning experience.

Today I was hunting for an attractive ground cover to fill in some holes in my garden made bare by a particularly bad winter. I spied yet another plant that I had not seen before…a bright yellow wallflower (Erysimum x) with dense green foliage. The label said it would spread to about a foot wide. It would be perfect for that empty spot, perfect for the six hours of sun that it likes. When I replace plants in my garden, I put a bit of effort into rejuvenating the planting hole. I did so, and into the ground went my new discovery.



I thought that it looked so well that I went back to the garden center and bought two more for another place.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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