Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 76: Wish List Plants for 2021

Video by Danielle Sherry and Steve Aitken. Edited by Kara Demos.

It’s that time of year when we dream of all the plants we’d buy if a blank check showed up in our stockings. Some are weird, some are workhorses we never got around to purchasing, and some are brand-new offerings that will only become available in 2021. Danielle brought out her infamous jingle bells to up the festiveness (much to Steve’s chagrin), and the entire conversation was filled with cheer and goodwill—well, most of it anyway. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, these plants will surely give you a reason to celebrate the season.

Expert testimony: Joseph Tychonievich, horticulturist, frequent Fine Gardening contributor, and author of Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style.



‘Autumn Minaret’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Autumn Minaret’, Zones 3–10)

‘Carsten’s Wintergold’ mugo pine (Pinus mugo ‘Carsten’s Wintergold’, Zones 2–7)

‘New Wave’ bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘New Wave’, Zones 6–9)

Variegated wayfaring tree (Viburnum lantana ‘Varigatum’ syn. ‘Wavecrest’, Zones 4–8)



Lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana, Zones 4–8)

‘Grand Cascade’ butterfly bush (Buddleia ‘Grand Cascade’, Zones 5–10)

‘Praying Hands’ mangave (Mangave ‘Praying Hands’, Zones 9–11)

Golden foxtail grass (Alopecurus pratensis ‘Aureovariegatus’, Zones 3–9)


Expert’s Plants

Rain lily (Zephyranthes candida, Zones 7–10)

Winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus, Zones 8–10)

‘Aichi no Kagayaki’ iris (Iris ‘Aichi no Kagayaki’, Zones 5–9)

Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum, Zones 3–9)



 ‘Autumn Minaret’ daylily
‘Autumn Minaret’ daylily


‘New Wave’ bigleaf hydrangea
‘New Wave’ bigleaf hydrangea


Lacebark pine bark
Lacebark pine


Lacebark pine
Lacebark pine


‘Praying Hands’ mangave (credit: Walters Gardens, Inc.)
‘Praying Hands’ mangave. Photo: Walters Gardens, Inc.


‘Carsten’s Wintergold’ mugo pine
‘Carsten’s Wintergold’ mugo pine


Variegated wayfaring tree
Variegated wayfaring tree
‘Grand Cascade’ butterfly bush (credit: Walters Gardens, Inc.)
‘Grand Cascade’ butterfly bush. Photo: Walters Gardens, Inc.


Golden foxtail grass
Golden foxtail grass


Expert Picks

Expert testimony: Joseph Tychonievich, horticulturist, frequent Fine Gardening contributor, and author of Rock Gardening:  Reimagining a Classic Style.



‘Aichi no Kagayaki’ iris (credit: Joseph Tychonievich)
‘Aichi no Kagayaki’ iris. Photo: Joseph Tychonievich

Garlic chives (credit: Joseph Tychonievich)

Winged bean (credit: Joseph Tychonievich)
Winged bean. Photo: Joseph Tychonievich
Rain lily (credit: Joseph Tychonievich)
Rain lily. Photo: Joseph Tychonievich
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