One of the aspects that I enjoy about the Red Dragon Knotweed (Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon') is the coloration of its new growth when it emerges in spring. The two-toned deep burgundy color is very attractive.
I overwintered two Gold Dust Plants (Aucuba japonica 'Variegata') in nursery pots as I have not yet determined exactly where I want them in the garden. Both ended up doing something I had never seen before: they're blooming! They have clusters of tiny green and reddish-brown flowers.
Another plant that I rarely see bloom, but is currently doing so, is the Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina). Kept in the pop-up greenhouse over the winter, its little lavender flowers make its relationship to the yard's spiderworts quite obvious.
Have also been doing some planting of recent purchases. Though likely it will want more sunshine than I can provide, I couldn't pass up the amazing foliage of the 'Mrs. Pollock' Geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum 'Mrs. Pollock'). Even if the plant, due to insufficient light, never produces any blooms, I'll be pleased if it just produces leaves!
Another new plant added to the garden is Red Billbergia (Billbergia sp. 'Red'). In the past, I have enjoyed my Friendship Plants (Billbergia nutans) though this past hard winter certainly caused them some serious damage. But if this Billbergia, with its attractive reddish foliage, can do as well - then I'll be quite happy.
Planted in the Ground
- Rosemary 'Lockwood de Forest' (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Lockwood de Forest'): Planted in the utility side of the garden where a fallen tree opened the canopy; though wasn't enough sunshine for a Rose to make it there. Here's hoping a Rosemary can.
- Seeds of Dill, Parsley & Thyme