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Some Plants Worth Growing

A gardener's favorite plants

Today’s photos come from Hugh Locke in Shrub Oak, New York.

A rock and gravel mulch makes an effective backdrop for a few well-chosen plants.

The fragrant white trumpet-shape bloom of a datura, which is similar to the popular tropical brugmansia but has flowers that face up instead of down and can be easily grown from seed as an annual.

Big containers contain castor beans (Ricinus communis, Zone 10 or as annual), another plant easily grown from seed to produce a dramatic, tropical look. This beautiful plant is the source for castor oil, and the seeds also contain ricin, a very potent toxin. If you are worried about growing this plant due to its toxic seeds, simply cut off the flowers to prevent seeds from developing.

Colorful annuals make a great foreground in this lush, green garden.

Common garden phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8) has got to be one of the most popular garden plants native to eastern North America, equally loved by humans and butterflies.

A tangle of ornamental tobaccos (Nicotiana species) with their beautiful pink and white, fragrant flowers.

Cleome (Cleome hassleriana, annual) is native to South America but makes a wonderful display as an annual in colder climates.

A glowing red daylily (Hemerocallis hybrid)

It is hard to beat the double tiger lily (Lilium lancifolium ‘Flore Pleno’, Zones 4–9) for sheer over-the-top flower display.

Heliotrope (Heliotropes arborescens, Zones 10–11 or as an annual). This old-fashioned annual has the common name of “cherry pie plant” because apparently some people think its fragrant flowers smell like freshly baked cherry pie. Though traditionally grown as an annual, if you bring it indoors when frost threatens, it can be overwintered to enjoy year after year.

Hugh grew this foxglove (Digitalis purpurea, Zones 4–8) from seed.


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  1. avongardener 08/30/2019

    What a beautiful garden! I love your lilies, especially the double tiger lily.

  2. btucker9675 08/30/2019

    The color of that red day lily is spectacular. What a lovely garden!

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    simplesue 08/30/2019

    You sure have a talent for growing great flowers and tropical types of plants. After seeing your photo of Heliotrope with the butterfly, learning that it smells like cherry pie and can easily be over-wintered inside has me sold to finally try one myself! Nice to see that fabulous Foxglove grown from seed, I'm very impressed. I have not yet tried that plant. Love the close up shots of the gorgeous flowers, and also always enjoying seeing the big view of the garden- love the backdrop of the woodland with your beautiful annual border in the foreground. A beautiful setting. I have not seen a Castor Bean plant since the mid 1960s when my mother grew them, nice to see them. I've enjoyed the photo tour of your interesting garden!

  4. moyra_b 08/30/2019

    lovely photographs!

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    treasuresmom 08/30/2019

    Love that cleome.

  6. cheryl_c 08/30/2019

    I really like your selection of annuals and the reminder that many can be grown from seed. Your gravel mulch garden really sets off the plants you have in it. Great pictures! Thanks for sharing.

  7. geeth 09/17/2019

    I personally suggest this blog to my husband. he likes to do these gardening in the front portion of our apartments in Calicut.

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