In general, a "short list" is a list comprised of items which are in prime position for being chosen for something. Every spring, I make a short list of those plants for which I keep my eyes open, when visiting nurseries throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
Besides those things on my short list, there are also some that I keep in the back of my mind for possible addition to the gardens. It's not likely that I'll find nor buy everything on my short list, and occasionally I will come across something that is on that mental list I keep. That's how the daylily 'Hush Little Baby' came to live in my garden late last summer.
Sometimes, an item on the short list will be carried over from a previous year if I can't find it locally. Depending on how elusive it is, I will order it online if that's the only way I'm going to get it. Two that come to mind that are now growing in my garden as a result of online ordering for this reason are Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' in 2006 and Campanula 'Pink Octopus' in 2007.
I purchased 'Pink Octopus' from Big Dipper Farm and though it was late in the season when I got it, it grew very quickly, almost to the point that it gave indications that it could be invasive! If I find that to be the case this spring, I'll move it to a spot where I'll happily let it take over. The foliage is lush and beautiful and if the blooms are anything like their photos, I want lots of them. Let the invasion begin!
Let me say right here that Big Dipper Farm is one of my favorite online nurseries to deal with. Deidre pays very close attention to their customers and is very helpful with whatever concerns you have. She really knows her stuff. (And no, I haven't been compensated in any way for saying that!)
I'm beginning to compile my short list for this year's gardening season and on the list at this time are:
- Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea 'Candy Mountain')
- Coral Bells (Heuchera villosa 'Tiramisu')
- Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Miracle')
- Bellflower (Campanula 'Samantha')
- Hardy Geranium (Geranium phaeum 'Samobor')
- Arkansas Blue Star (Amsonia hubrichtii)
- Sweet Coneflower (Rudbeckia submentosa 'Henry Eilers')
- Beauty Bush (Kolkwitzia amabilis 'Dream Catcher')
- Viburnum (Viburnum nudum 'Winterthur')
- Purple Beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst')
- Weigela (Weigela florida 'Ghost')
- Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Coppertina')
- Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane')
I'm sure I'm forgetting a couple that I've seen and said that I must have. As the season goes along, I'll probably change my mind about a few of these for whatever reason. Sometimes when I see the plant in person, I don't like it anymore and sometimes my ideas for the garden change.
Did I really tell my mom just a few short months ago that the garden was pretty well as I wanted it and that I wasn't going to add any new plants, except to buy additional plants of what I already have and know work for me? Did I really say that?? I must have been having a bad day.
Photo credits: 1-Dutch Gardens; 2-Big Dipper Farm; 3,6,12,13,15-Wayside Gardens; 4,5,7,10,11,16-Garden Crossings; 8,9-Bluestone Perennials; 14-Wikipedia Commons; 17-Monrovia Plants; 18,19-Weeks Roses.