Series Start: New Perennials 2013

Variegated Yellow Loosestrife

My new Variegated Yellow Loosestrife provides color and texture variety to start this bed.

It’s time to feature new plants in my West Seattle Garden. This forces me to learn plant names.

This series will run for about a month, and I promise it will be less annoying than Gardening Nerd week.

First, big thanks to my friend and garden master Rich Cromer for helping identify a dozen plants last weekend. Rich reels off the plants’ Latin and common names. He stresses Latin, because many plants can go by the same common name.

Rich and his partner Jim’s unique greenhouse was featured last year on Havigarden. A warning to Rich, the garden owner on Beacon Hill enthusiastically requested (in English and Cantonese) that you visit her garden for similar lessons.

I love to add new perennials every spring. They replace annuals or fill tough-to-grow-in spots. I’ll have to stop doing this soon, because I’m nearly out of garden space.

Variegated Yellow Loosestrife

Variegated Yellow Loosestrife

The first new plant featured is my Variegated Yellow Loosestrife or Lysimachia punctata ‘Alexander.’ I won’t describe it, because I featured it here two weeks ago.

It’s such a cool plant that I wanted to feature it again, and I wanted to show in the picture above how well the Loosestrife fits with its bed. Finding the right plant for a bed can be tough.

I still pant smaller annuals in the Loosestrife area for color, but I had to dig up New Zealand Brass Button groundcover so they fit.

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