Monday, August 11, 2008

Hosta "Fragrant Bouquet" and friends

I bought more plants. I don't need more plants.

Here, Hosta "Fragrant Bouquet", a cultivar grown by Jim Glover. Heavy with perfume. I love hostas. They are much maligned as the scourge of the suburbs, synonomous with red mulch, perhaps. But they can be used well. The same cannot be said of red mulch. I discovered plantain lilies in Alexandria, Virginia, years ago, when that garden was the only really happy thing in my life. I feel I owe them. They have gorgeous leaves, quite sculptural, and their flowers are just a bonus, sweetly scented, and attracting, if you are lucky, hummingbirds, as my Virginian ones did.

I never thought I would buy Hakonechloa (Japanese ribbon grass). This is not the ubiquitous variegated one, just plain old H. macra. Gorgeously full and fluffy and happy in semi-shade, unlike most grasses.

Delicate seed heads at this time of year give the plant a weightless appearance.


  1. If you get me a picture of a hummingbird in Brooklyn, I'll... call you Her Majesty and bow from three feet away. Forever.

  2. Ugh, don't do that! Ever.

    Estorbo says he will get you a hummingbird and you can bow to him forever. It's what he has always wanted.

  3. Hi Marie! I'm catching up on some old blog reading and had to jump in and cheer your defense of hostas. I just bought my first one for my new garden and I just love it. I love their leaves so much, their painterly stripes and the energy and patterns and rhythm their leaves make.


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