A lot of the beds are a mixture of evergreen plants for winter interest and then all the perennials that disappear into the ground come winter and reemerge in the spring. My garden in January is very different than August. In January, I see a lot of bark mulch and in August it looks like a jungle.
In selecting plants, apart from general plant lust, I do like to consider placement and what the plant will look like year round. My plant lust collided with my desire to have a plant that looks nice most of the year.
Rare Plant Research
|Musa sikkimensis 'Red Tiger'|
At the Rare Plants Research Sale this past weekend, they had several hardy and not quite so hardy for Portland bananas for sale. After a lot of perusing plants and reading tags - I decided upon this Musa which is hardy to Zone 7. The downside seems to be that the red markings go away as the leaves mature.
Now I just have to figure out where to put it!