In my last post I wrote about an article in the current issue of Gardens Illustrated called ‘100 Plants Every Gardener Should Grow’. While I took issue with the title, it has inspired me to do a much more modest list of my own.

I want to stress up front that just because these plants are favorites of mine does not mean that they will perform satisfactorily (or even stay alive) in your garden. Cultural requirements are key, so look that stuff up before you buy. Otherwise, don’t come crying to me if you plant one of these puppies and it doesn’t work out.

Gardens have stars and supporting players, just like movies. Garden stars are plants that really stand out.  For me, that means plants that are especially noticeable due to size or color – or both. Around these stars there must be supporting plants that provide background and…

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