Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 134: Hole Fillers

Every garden has gaps that need to be filled from time to time. Whether you are looking for a short-term stand-in while a bed is being reworked or a quick fix after another plant dies, it is nice to have a list of pinch-hitters that can step in and fill space quickly. Listen in as Danielle, Carol, and expert guest Lisa Bauer share some of their favorite choices for gracefully filling the vacancies that are a natural part of a garden’s evolution.

Expert guest: Lisa Bauer is the owner of Chartreuse Garden Design in Seattle.

 

Danielle’s Plants

Spider flower/Cleome
Spider flower/Cleome

Spider flower/Cleome (Cleome hassleriana and cvs., annual)

Appalachian sedge
Appalachian sedge

Appalachian sedge (Carex appalachica, Zones 3–7)

Surfina ® Blue petunia
Surfina® Blue petunia

Creeping petunia (Petunia spp. and cvs., annual)

‘White Christmas’ caladium
‘White Christmas’ caladium

Caladium (Caladium  spp. and cvs., Zones 9–11)

 

Carol’s Plants

Prairie dropseed
Prairie dropseed

Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis, Zones 3–9)

Snow on the mountain
Snow on the mountain

Snow on the mountain (Euphorbia marginata, annual)

‘Strawberry Fields’ gomphrena
‘Strawberry Fields’ gomphrena

‘Strawberry Fields’ gomphrena (Gomphrena ‘Strawberry Fields’, annual)

‘Pink Cotton Candy’ betony
‘Pink Cotton Candy’ betony

‘Pink Cotton Candy’ betony (Stachys officinalis ‘Pink Cotton Candy’, Zones 4–8)

Plant combination from the cover of issue 211

Plant IDs for the plant combination from the cover of issue 211, designed by Salsbury-Schweyer Inc. for the garden of Dell and Lou Salza in Shaker Heights, Ohio:

  1. Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa, Zones 3–9)
  2. ‘Humelo’ betony (Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’, Zones 4–8)
  3. ‘Pink Cotton Candy’ betony (Stachys officinalis ‘Pink Cotton Candy’, Zones 4–8)
  4. Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis, Zones 3–8)
  5. Arkansas bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii, Zones 5–8)
  6. ‘Hot Lips’ turtlehead (Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips’, Zones 3–8)
  7. ‘Gemo’ St. John’s wort (Hypericum kalmianum ‘Gemo’, Zones 4–7)
  8. ‘Montmorency’ cherry (Prunus cerasus ‘Montmorency’, Zones 4–7)

 

Expert’s Plants

Black Lace® elderberry, photo: Lisa Bauer
Black Lace® elderberry. Photo: Lisa Bauer

Black Lace® elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’, Zones 5–7)

‘Cavatine’ pieris, Photo: Don Wallace/Singing Tree Gardens Nursery
‘Cavatine’ pieris. Photo: Don Wallace/Singing Tree Gardens Nursery

‘Cavatine’ pieris (Pieris japonica ‘Cavatine’, Zones 5–8)

‘Blue Star’ juniper, photo: Lisa Bauer
‘Blue Star’ juniper. Photo: Lisa Bauer

‘Blue Star’ juniper (Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’, Zones 4–8)

‘Bressingham White’ Bergenia, photo: Lisa Bauer
‘Bressingham White’ bergenia. Photo: Lisa Bauer
‘Bressingham White’ Bergenia, photo: Lisa Bauer
‘Bressingham White’ bergenia. Photo: Lisa Bauer
‘Bressingham White’ Bergenia, photo: Lisa Bauer
‘Bressingham White’ bergenia. Photo: Lisa Bauer

‘Bressingham White’ bergenia (Bergenia ‘Bressingham White’, Zones 3–8)

Liverleaf, photo: Lisa Bauer
Liverleaf. Photo: Lisa Bauer

Liverleaf (Hepatica nobilis, Zones 5–8)

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  1. GretaGarbo 05/23/2023

    The flowers seem like weeds, but the beauty of these flowers has a very distinctive feature. Sometimes looking at these flowers and plants makes me more sublimated when playing cuphead online

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