|2011 Gardening Year in Review|
|Buddleia Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' (Dwarf Butterfly Bush)|
Out of all the additions I think the dwarf butterfly bush, Knock Out roses and heuchera are my top favorites.
|Double Pink Knock Out Rose|
The double Knock Out roses in red and pink have bloomed the entire summer non-stop and are a constant show. The dwarf butterfly bush has attracted more butterflies to the garden than I have ever seen and the heuchera...well they have just added so much color to the shade garden with their new shades of amber and lime. I own five varieties of heuchera to date which include 'Palace Purple', 'Caramel', 'Solar Eclipse', 'Citronelle' and 'Plum Pudding'.
|Heuchera 'Citronelle'-Partial Shade/Indirect Sun|
I have especially enjoyed how my newest addition, 'Citronelle' has added so much brightness to the shadier part of the garden. You cannot go wrong with heuchera. It adds such wonderful color and texture to the landscape and supplies interest even throughout most of the winter months. I plan to add even more to my garden bed borders next season so keep the new varieties coming!
Looking back at 2011 it was a very productive year in the garden. A garden certainly is a thing of beauty that constantly changes and that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. I can wholeheartedly say that my garden has been such an important part of my life over all these years and it has provided me with more enjoyment than I could have ever possibly imagined. I can also say the same about being a garden blog writer. I started writing almost two years ago and it too has brought so much joy to my life. It has opened up a whole new avenue in communicating with fellow gardeners who share my passion. It has also helped me to realize that gardening really can go on all twelve months of the year.