Echinops always strikes me as a rather ungainly name for a flower, particularly one that is both attractive to look at and as a pollinator. This is one of the five plants that are described as unique in that they are unlikely to be found in the average garden center. While you have probably heard of all the plants on this list there are some useful suggestions as to how they can be combined with more common varieties. This information comes from an article By Amanda which I found on the American Meadows website.
Although we all love the classic look that Daylilies, Hostas, and more bring to the landscape, there?s something exciting about trying new, unique varieties that can?t be found at the garden center. These unique plants create instant focal points and are often a conversation piece for visitors to the garden.
The Benefits Of Unique Plants
Have you heard the saying that people are supposed to fear the unknown? This logic should be thrown right out the window in gardening. It?s fun to embrace new, unique plants you may never have heard of. It?s also a great challenge as a gardener to take something you?ve never tried before and make it at home in your landscape. Unique plants have many, many benefits to both the expert and novice gardener:
You can?t find them everywhere. Many unique varieties can’t be found in the big garden centers, as they may require horticultural expertise at their earliest stages. Look to reliable mail-order sites that employ knowledgeable staff at their greenhouses. To find varieties that set your garden apart from your friends? and neighbors’, you’ll need to look beyond the big box stores!
They are easy to grow. A common misconception for hard-to-find varieties is that they are tricky and high maintenance. This just isn?t true! While getting them started may require non-traditional techniques, these varieties are just as easy to grow as any other perennials or bulbs you?ve worked with. You?ll just need to pay close attention to the planting details.
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