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.