Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 131: Green Plants

Green plants? Well, of course! What else would our topic be for a St. Patrick’s Day episode? Today we’re talking about plants that are stunners despite being “just green.” Turns out that these selections of perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs are some of the most textural and eye-catching plants you can grow. And as we’ll remind listeners right at the top of the show, green comes in tons of different shades. So make way for some chartreuse, emerald, and lime-colored options that are just what your garden needs. We can’t guarantee planting these gems will attract leprechauns, but having them in your beds will make you feel like you’ve scored a pot of gold.

Expert guest: Mark Dwyer is garden manager for the Edgerton Hospital Healing Garden and operates Landscape Prescriptions by MD in Wisconsin.

Danielle’s Plants

Irish moss
Irish moss

Irish moss (Sagina subulata, Zones 4–8)


Beesia (Beesia deltophylla, Zones 6–9)

‘Soft Caress’ mahonia
‘Soft Caress’ mahonia

‘Soft Caress’ mahonia (Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’, Zones 6–11)

Hacquetia (credit: Mike Ireland)
Hacquetia. Photo: Mike Ireland

Hacquetia (Hacquetia epipactis syn. Sanicula epipactis, Zones 5–7)


Carol’s Plants

Langsdorff's tobacco
Langsdorff’s tobacco

Langsdorff’s tobacco (Nicotiana langsdorffii, annual)

Maidenhair fern
Maidenhair fern

Maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum, Zones 3–8)

Lady’s mantle
Lady’s mantle

Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis, Zones 3–8)

'Cupressina’ Norway spruce (spring)
‘Cupressina’ Norway spruce (spring)
'Cupressina’ Norway spruce (winter)
‘Cupressina’ Norway spruce (winter)

‘Cupressina’ Norway spruce (Picea abies ‘Cupressina’, Zones 3–8)


Expert’s Plants

‘Green Tails’ love-lies-bleeding
‘Green Tails’ love-lies-bleeding
‘Virdis’ love-lies-bleeding
‘Virdis’ love-lies-bleeding

‘Virdis’ and ‘Green Tails’ love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus ‘Green Tails’ and ‘Viridis’, annual)

'Act Green' cockscomb
‘Act Green’ cockscomb
'Spring Green' cockscomb
‘Spring Green’ cockscomb

‘Act Green’ and ‘Spring Green’ cockscomb (Celosia cristata ‘Act Green’ and ‘Spring Green’, annual)

'Sunday Green' plume celosia
‘Sunday Green’ plume celosia
'Sylphid' plume celosia
‘Sylphid’ plume celosia

‘Sunday Green’ and ‘Sylphid’ plume celosia (Celosia plumosa ‘Sunday Green’ and ‘Sylphid’, annual)

'Green Ball' dianthus
‘Green Ball’ dianthus

‘Green Ball’ dianthus (Dianthus ‘Green Ball’, annual)


Bells-of-Ireland (Moluccella laevis, annual)

'Queen Lime' zinnia
‘Queen Lime’ zinnia

‘Queen Lime’ zinnia (Zinnia elegans ‘Queen Lime’, annual)

'August Forest' gloriosa daisy
‘August Forest’ gloriosa daisy

‘August Forest’ gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia hirta ‘August Forest’, annual)

‘Green Jewel’ coneflower
‘Green Jewel’ coneflower

‘Green Jewel’ coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Green Jewel’, Zones 4–9)

‘Green Envy’ coneflower
‘Green Envy’ coneflower

‘Green Envy’ coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Green Envy’, Zones 4–9)

‘Limelight’ panicle hydrangea
‘Limelight’ panicle hydrangea

‘Limelight’ panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’, Zones 3–9)

Little Lime ™ panicle hydrangea
Little Lime™ panicle hydrangea

Little Lime™ panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bulk’, Zones 3–9)

Little Lime Punch™ panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘SMNHPH’, Zones 3–9)

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