Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low')
I like catmint for several reasons. It's a constant bloomer. It always seems to be one of the first perennials to get going in mid-spring and one of the last perennials to stop blooming for fall. Catmint attracts pollinators constantly and would be a great asset to a vegetable garden for that reason but also as a pest repellent. Not much bothers a catmint! The leaves smell great too and can be used in herbal teas.
|Catmint on lower left, Poppies to the upper right.|
Poppies would be another plant for any garden. Poppies are extremely easy to grow and if you allow them to set seed they will self-sow. I planted the red poppies here in this garden from a free packet of seeds several years ago and ever since they have gifted the garden with their beauty during spring.
Who wouldn't want a beautiful Japanese maple tree in their garden? I plan on keeping several in my gardens. Right now we have six Japanese maples planted. They were all planted as relatively small plants (they can be quite expensive otherwise!). My most recent planting was a 'Crimson Queen' which is a beautiful weeping maple with dissected leaves. It's a slow grower and will only reach about 5 feet tall in ten years or so.
Coneflowers may be a common perennial, but for good reason! They attract pollinators like magnets, they look great, self-sow nicely, and need very little care. The only issue I have had has been from caterpillar damage in the fall when the silvery checkerspot larvae are hungry. Of course that isn't even an issue if I consider my coneflowers a butterfly host plant!
For the last of the five let's look at the heuchera! This one is 'Silver Scrolls' but I like so many varieties of heuchera I can't pick just one. Heuchera is one of the plants in my garden that is never bothered by deer or rabbits. The only maintenance my heucheras needs is the removal of dead flower stems and an occasional division although I don't consider dividing plants as work!
There are so many more I could mention, I'll have to have a follow up post!
How about you? What five plants would you plant in every new garden landscape?