Shirl over at Shirl’s Gardenwatch has challenged fellow bloggers to decide on 3 plants that they would want with them on a desert island. The plants can be ornamental or edible though Shirl has reassured us that there is plenty of food on the island so we dont need to worry about feeding ourselves. She has also told us that we are going to a very special island where anything will grow so we dont have to worry about growing conditions or climate – wouldnt that be wonderful!!!
So I have been thinking about what I would want to grow. I have discounted edibles as I’m not that great at growing them and I reall dont think I could choose between them. So ornamentals – well firstly I would have to have some Rudbeckias; those who read my blog will know I have a real weakness for these and consider them my signature plant.
My next plant is one that will be more of a foilage plant which will have al year round interest – Stipa gigantea. I love the way the light filters through the flower heads especially in the autumn when the sun is lower in the sky. I leave the flower heads on through the winter until the rain or snow had knocked them down to the ground. I also like the way the plant moves in the wind creating movement.
For my final plant I have struggled to make a decision but I have finall decided on a tree – in this case a Silver Birch. I like the ones with very white bark such as Betula utilis jacquemontii Snow Queen. I think this is the tree I have in the front garden. M sons bought it for me about 5 years ago as a birthday present and it is postively thriving. It is attractive all year round but at this time of year it comes into its own with its gorgeous white bark shining through. I am thinking of planting some Cornus by it so the red stems contrast with it in the winter.
So those are my three choices – to see other bloggers desert island plants pop over to Shirl’s gardenwatch