Garden Photo of the Day

Similar plants make a subtle tapestry

Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Walking around the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, this might be the last plant combo you’d notice, tucked under a few shrubs near the exit. But when you’ve walked around as many public gardens as I have, you start to search out the secret little nooks and understated, hidden pleasures. I’m never disappointed. This is one such vignette. I love how these three plants have almost identical leaf shapes, so their subtle color differences are highlighted. The bad thing about these hidden little gems is that you rarely find any plant tags. I know the chartreuse plant is golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8), and it looks like one of the other plants is button fern (Pellaea rotundifolia, Zones 8-10), but I have no idea what the third plant is. Anyone? Comment below!

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  1. nattyfritters 06/20/2011

    impatiens repens and it gets a bright yellow flower

  2. lovesummer 06/20/2011

    I saw a similar combo once on a garden tour, in a very naturalistic woodland garden. In that case it was golden creeping jenny and vinca minor, two very prosaic plants, planted amongst hostas and other shade plants. The combination was really striking. Both plants can be invasive.

  3. sheilaschultz 06/20/2011

    Sweet combo. I use a lot of the creeping Jenny in shade gardens, it just makes everything 'pop' around it, especially blues and silvers. Yea, it's invasive, but easy to pull out.

  4. Parb 06/20/2011

    I just want to say that I liked the former way of enlarging the photo as I could see more detail. This new method does not enlarge it much more than the original photo and I cannot see enough detail to make out the three plants. I only see two. I do love the creeping does make other plants pop, especially blues, grays and silvers.

  5. perenniallycrazy 06/20/2011

    Could it be Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Vancouver Jade'?

  6. DreamGardener 06/20/2011

    I thought possibly Arctostaphylos as well, but the stems look too thick - almost succulent. Leaf shape isn't right for the wild Purslane, but could it be a relative of some sort? Those chubby red stems really pop! Gorgeous!

  7. nattyfritters 06/21/2011

    It really is impatiens repens. I visited Chanticleer Garden just yesterday and there it was blooming and looking beautiful.

  8. Terry54 06/21/2011

    How about Maidenhair wire vine plant?

  9. DreamGardener 06/22/2011

    definitely Impatiens repens - Google Images has some Fabulous pics in bloom!

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