Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 146: Best of LAAP—Our Top 4 Plants

Top Four Plants Text

While searching through our archive of episodes recently, we discovered something: There are a few specific plants we just can’t stop talking about. As the years have progressed here at Let’s Argue About Plants, we find ourselves experimenting with more and more varieties, so we have something new to report back to you. But frankly, there is a core of plants that we could talk about every episode because they are just that good. We try to mix it up, but these stars have made it into more than a couple recordings—and rightly so. With that, we decided not to fight nature and to give these stars their spotlight. In today’s compilation episode you’ll hear about Carol and Danielle’s top four plants—again—but for good reason. They are selections that no garden should be without, in our humble opinions.

Danielle’s Plants

Perry's Gold' Norway spruce
‘Perry’s Gold’ Norway spruce

‘Perry’s Gold’ Norway spruce (Picea abies ‘Perry’s Gold’, Zones 3–9)

‘Crested Surf’ painted fern

‘Crested Surf’ painted fern (Athyrium niponicum ‘Crested Surf’, Zones 3–8)

‘Snow Fairy’ blue mist shrub
‘Snow Fairy’ blue mist shrub

‘Snow Fairy’ blue mist shrub (Caryopteris divaricata ‘Snow Fairy’, Zones 6-9)

Mountain laurel
Mountain laurel
Danielle’s dog, Bergy, posing amongst the epic mountain laurel bloom of 2023
Danielle’s dog, Bergy, posing among the epic mountain laurel bloom of 2023

Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia, Zones 4–9)


Carol’s Plants

Maidenhair fern
Maidenhair fern

Maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum, Zones 3–8)

New Jersey tea
New Jersey tea. Photo: courtesy of Dan Keck via Wikimedia Commons

New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americanus, Zones 4–8)

Butterfly weed
Butterfly weed

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa, Zones 3–9)

Pink Icing® blueberry
Pink Icing® blueberry

Pink Icing® blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum ‘ZF06-079’, Zones 5–10)

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  1. Makbruno 11/17/2023

    The YouTube version posted is only 40 seconds long. Kindly re-upload the complete video.

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