Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Audio Play Icon Headphones Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon
Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 69: See-Through Plants

Video by Danielle Sherry & Steve Aitken, Edited by Kara Demos

Why on earth would you ever put a tall plant in the front of your garden—even in the middle? You’d block whatever is behind it, right? Not necessarily. Enter the amazingly versatile category of see-through plants. Many of these unsung heroes have a bulk of tufted foliage that stays under a foot tall, but from that mass shoots a plethora of delicate flowers that allow the garden beyond to be seen. Other options include incredibly fine-textured plants with leaves resembling smoke. We even talk about an ornamental grass that shoots off its own bottle rockets just in time for the 4th of July. Listen to the interesting options in this episode and you’re sure to put a few tall plants at the front of you garden ASAP.

Expert testimony: Leslie Harris, owner of LH Gardens, a landscape design and maintenance firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

STEVE’S PLANTS

Bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare ‘Rubrum’, Zones 6–9)

‘Skyracer’ purple moor grass (Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea ‘Skyracer’, Zones 5–8)

Knautia (Knautia macedonica, Zones 5–9)

‘Brunette’ black cohosh (Actaea simplex ‘Brunette’, Zones 3–8)

 

DANIELLE’S PLANTS

Tall verbena (Verbena bonariensis, Zones 7–11)

Meadow rue (Thalictrum rochebruneanum, Zones 4–9)

Peruvian feather grass (Stipa ichu, Zones 8–10)

New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis, Zones 5–9)

 


 

Leslie Harris, owner of LH Gardens, a landscape design and maintenance firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.

EXPERT TESTIMONY

 

‘Anastasia’ Orienpet lily (Lilium ‘Anastasia’, Zones 5–9)

‘Purple Lady’ Orienpet lily (Lilium ‘Purple Lady’, Zones 5–9)

‘Hyperion’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’, Zones 3–9)

‘Autumn Minaret’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Autumn Minaret’, Zones 3–9)

‘Moon Ladder’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Moon Ladder’, Zones 3–9)

Variegated Japanese water iris (Iris ensata ‘Variegata’, Zones 5–8)

Yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus, Zones 5–8)

Gaura  (Gaura lindheimeri, Zones 5–9)

‘Chocolate Shogun’ astilbe (Astilbe ‘Chocolate Shogun’, Zones 4–8)

 


Plants mentioned in this episode

 

Yellow flag iris
Yellow flag iris

 

Variegated Japanese water iris
Variegated Japanese water iris

 

Gaura
Gaura

 

'Hyperion' daylily (credit: Walters Gardens, Inc.)
‘Hyperion’ daylily (credit: Walters Gardens, Inc.)

 

‘Chocolate Shogun’ astilbe
‘Chocolate Shogun’ astilbe

 

'Autumn Minaret' daylily
‘Autumn Minaret’ daylily

 

Tall verbena
Tall verbena

 

Peruvian feather grass (credit: Brent Horvath)
Peruvian feather grass. Photo: Brent Horvath

 

New York ironweed
New York ironweed

 

Meadow rue
Meadow rue

 

Knautia
Knautia

 

Bronze fennel
Bronze fennel

 

‘Skyracer’ purple moor grass
‘Skyracer’ purple moor grass

 

‘Brunette’ black cohosh
‘Brunette’ black cohosh

 

View Comments

Comments

Log in or create an account to post a comment.

Related Articles

The Latest

Magazine Cover

Take your passion for plants to the next level

Subscribe today and save up to 44%

"As a recently identified gardening nut I have tried all the magazines and this one is head and shoulders above the pack."

Video

View All

We hope you’ve enjoyed your free articles. To keep reading, become a member today.

Get complete site access to decades of expert advice, regional content, and more, plus the print magazine.

Start your FREE trial