According to Urban Dictionary, Plant Lust is defined as an uncontrolled desire or craving for any member of the kingdom Plantae. Yes, I just added that to the Urban dictionary as it is a well known term to plant addicts and I fit right into this category. Plant lust or envy is a condition with no cure or treatment. A craving or appetite for unusual plants is a common condition in garden circles and you learn to live with it. See what is on my current list.
Kingdom Plantae Wish List
I have a running list of plant acquisitions in the Kingdom Plantae pegged on my bulletin board that I “must” have. Understand, that I don’t “need” any of these. I need more plants like my dog needs more toys! I compare it to clothes shopping when you are not looking for anything in particular, and then spot something so perfect that from that moment on, you can’t do without. When I visit different gardens and see something irresistible, I whip out my iphone, take a picture and look for the name tag. That happened recently when I visited Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, and my plant envy list just got longer. Here are a few things that I will be looking for next year, either seeds or plants, anyway that I can get them!
1. Pennisetum villosum ‘Feathertop’– I am not a huge grass fan, but I definitely have some favorites that I use at many of my landscape jobs. Hakonechloa or Japanese Forest Grass, pictured below, is my absolute favorite grass for shade. But I am open to suggestions for new favorites.
So when I saw this Pennisetum ‘Feathertop’, I fell in love. Yes, it is an annual for me because it is hardy in zone 8 to 10. And yes, it looks like it could seed in after reading the reviews- meaning coming up everywhere. But with its pretty, white, bottlebrush plumes, perfect for cut flowers, these dramatic plumes contrast with all kinds of perennials – kind of how a pretty scarf can ramp up your outfit. This valuable attribute helped give Feathertop the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 2002.
9 Replies to “Plant Lust- 8 Must Haves”
I love that feather top grass.
Yep, I think I will have to find the seeds!
The lilies, dahlias and lisianthus are now on my list!! Thanks for sharing!
Lisianthus are wonderful, I agree! We can get plants from the Amish nurseries in the spring, here in St. Mary’s county, MD. They are long lasting, as you said. I’ve seen white, pink, or the beautiful blue you showed.
I guess I will have to travel to St Marys county, It is only 2 hours away!
For a peek at your gardens, I’d deliver! The Garden Club has loved your two presentations. 😊
Thanks for the reminder about gomphrena, Claire. I grew it one year some time ago, forgot about it entirely. ‘Firecracker’ is now on my list for next year. I know exactly where to put it. And isn’t that one of the great things about visiting a good garden… seeing new plants, plants you’ve forgotten about, or plant combinations that you hadn’t thought of. Glad Longwood was on your list!
Yea, we tend to forget what we have grown in the past and when we go to a good garden, it comes back to us!