This photo focuses in on a tiny piece of beauty. Sometimes in the garden we’re so focused on the big flowers and leaves and our garden design that we forget that the most magical moments can be just a bit of bright green moss thriving among the stones.
Mist flower (Conoclinum coelestinum, Zones 5–10) is a wonderful little wildflower that is native to a wide swath of eastern North America but not grown enough in gardens. The airy blue flowers keep coming all summer and well into fall, it is beloved of butterflies and other pollinators, and generally it is a wonderful little plant. It does like to spread, however, so give it room, and plant taller plants around it that won’t be gobbled up.
Azaleas are always wonderful. Every southern garden has bunches of them, and you always need more.
Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum, Zones 3–9) is a fantastic plant that is both edible and ornamental. The leaves have a flavor similar to that of chives and can be used the same way in cooking, and the white flowers appear in late summer, right when you need something new and beautiful in the garden the most. Pollinators, especially butterflies, adore the flowers as well. But, again, be warned that it likes to spread. Each clump will grow slowly, and if you let it, it can seed around, so cut off the faded flowers if you’d like it to stay a little more restrained.
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