Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 88: Memory Plants

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

We’re pulling on those heart strings for this episode—much to Steve’s chagrin. That’s because we’re talking about plants in our gardens that make us of think of something, someone, or some moment in time that makes us happy. Maybe it’s a plant that was passed down through the family or a shrub that reminds you of your kids because they always got stuck in it while trying to retrieve a soccer ball. For us these plants include specimens smuggled through airports and divisions shared by friends as housewarming presents. It’s a different sort of episode today, but it reminded us of why we garden—not just so our landscapes can look good, but because they can make us feel good too.

Expert testimony: Genevieve Schmidt is the owner of North Coast Gardening, a landscape design and maintenance firm in Northern California.

 

Danielle’s Plants

Pink lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis var. rosea, Zones 2–7)

Mexican speckled tinantia (Tinantia pringlei, Zones 6–10)

‘Wissel’s Saguaro’ Lawson’s cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Wissel’s Saguaro’, Zones 5–7)

Tatarian aster (Aster tataricus ‘Jindai’, Zones 4–8)

Pink lily of the valley
Pink lily of the valley

Mexican speckled tinantia
Mexican speckled tinantia

'Wissel's Saguaro' Lawson's cypress (photo credit: Ashley DeLatour)
‘Wissel’s Saguaro’ Lawson’s cypress (photo credit: Ashley DeLatour)

Tatarian aster
Tatarian aster

Steve’s Plants

Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis, Zones 3–9)

Oyama magnolia (Magnolia seiboldii, Zones 6–8)

Grape hyacinth (Muscari aremeniacum, Zones 4–8)

Japanese maple (Acer palmatum cv., Zones 5–9)

Bleeding heart
Bleeding heart

Oyama magnolia
Oyama magnolia

Grape hyacinth
Grape hyacinth

Japanese maple
Japanese maple

Expert’s Plants

Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata, Zones 9–10)

New South Wales waratah (Telopea speciosissima, Zones 8–11)

‘The Third Harmonic’ Peruvian lily (Alstroemeria ‘The Third Harmonic’, Zones 8–10)

‘Champagne’ Peruvian lily (Alstroemeria ‘Champagne’, Zones 8–10)

New South Wales waratah (credit: Genevieve Schmidt)
New South Wales waratah (credit: Genevieve Schmidt)

Black-eyed Susan vine
Black-eyed Susan vine
‘The Third Harmonic’ Peruvian lily (credit: Genevieve Schmidt)
‘The Third Harmonic’ Peruvian lily (credit: Genevieve Schmidt)
‘Champagne’ Peruvian lily (credit: Genevieve Schmidt)
‘Champagne’ Peruvian lily (credit: Genevieve Schmidt)

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  1. user-7705356 06/22/2021

    I enjoyed this episode so much. One of the reasons I garden is because my Mom was a gardener and it is something we shared. I have a rose that is from a cutting of my grandmothers, so plants that come from family members are very special. Thank you.

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