Today Shirls Gardenwatch offered up a query that went something like what three plants would take to a desert island (where anything could grow). Well, it was hard to turn down the challenge though in truth there is no one answer to such a question. I might get a totally different answer tomorrow. And I’m answering only by ignoring my edibles like the Apples and the Blueberries which are a different kind of treasure. But anyway here is at least a shot at the answer from our local hilltop. First up for enduring multi-season pleasure is the Kwanzan Flowering Cherry that holds two of our bird feeders outside the kitchen window. Not only does it have an outstanding flower display but as the flowers leave they shed so thickly on the ground that I think of it as pink snow. And the fall color is not half bad as well. In wintertime the branches are constantly occupied by the neighborhood bird population.
Next up I’m thinking in terms of shrubs that have given long and faithful service. In this case the Exbury Azalea ‘Gibraltar’ provokes admiring comments by all who have seen it in full bloom. It’s easy to care for, reliably hardy, and a spectacular blooming plant.
And last, sinking closer to the ground, I have to choose the wonderful Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa forbesii) which grow wildly under our maples and have naturalized out into the pasture. In truth it’s not just the wonder at the way they have taken over here but how they combine with other plants. In particular, the recurring combination with the Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’ pleases me every year anew.