Owner Andy Foard spends the spring procuring plants for our annual greenhouse and shadehouse and assisting customers with their plant choices. He is a big fan of Dragon Wing begonias and the large-leaved Whopper and Big begonias.
|We first saw these Whopper begonias at a field trials site|
At his home in North Baltimore County, Andy has planted many varieties of hydrangea. His favorite is Hydrangea paniculata Limelight.
|One of a few spectacular Proven Winners varieties|
Colleen Harlan and Ruth Engel enjoy the bright, colorful blooms of Gerber Daisies. Gerbers are nice container plant that loves full sun and plenty of space to allow for good air circulation.
Gerber Daisies add tons of color to our greenhouse each spring
Cindi Fielder loves all orange flowers. Luckily, plenty of flowers are available in her favorite color, including pansies, violas, petunias, begonias, fuchsia, vinca, coleus and so much more. Her singular favorite this year was the Santa Cruz Sunset begonia.
|Begonia Santa Cruz Sunset is great for full sun or part shade|
Nurseryman Scott Carbone had a hard time picking just one. He likes the perennial Asclepias tuberosa, also known as butterfly weed. Butterfly weed is both a larval host plant and a nectar producing plant for Monarch butterflies. Sometimes called orange milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa does not produce milk.
Even young plants on our perennial benches attract Monarch butterflies
So many tropical water lilies are blooming right now in our water gardens
It has unique variegated foliage and knock-your-socks-off lavender flowers.The tropicals do have to be protected over the winter. Tim does a seminar each year on winterizing the water garden and always provides wonderful tips to overwinter plants.
So, what's your favorite? We know that the hardest part of choosing your favorite plant is narrowing down the choices as we have gotten to know so many of them. We will revisit this subject again soon.