Plants to Love: Fragrant Sweet Box (Sarcococca ruscifolia)

Sarcococcaruscifolia.jpg

This unassuming little shade shrub is one that people often don’t notice at first. There’s nothing particularly showy about its graceful arching stems, deep green leaves, or the tiny white flowers that hang from its branches in winter. But when those small blooms open, people walk around sniffing all the big, showy flowers in the […]

Plants to Love: Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissima/ Stipa tenuissima)

stipanassellatenuissimaMexicanFeatherGrass.jpg

This waving blonde grass is a great way of bringing a sense of movement to your garden. It looks great massed, and brings a beachy feel to the garden with its bleached straw-colored seedheads. Nassella tenuissima does need to be cut to the ground once a year, but I’ve had great luck doing it at […]

Plants to Love: Purple Catmint (Nepeta faassenii)

Nepetafaassenii.jpg

Simple, lush, gorgeous. This sun-lover attracts bees and beneficial insects, resists deer, takes salty seacoast wind, and looks great with any number of plants. All it asks in return is good drainage and full sun. I love it with just about any ornamental grass, pink or yellow roses (it attracts the beneficial bugs that eat […]