More “Better Plants for Better Gardens”

A couple years ago, I did a series of posts that got a lot of attention around the region: Better Plants for Better Gardens, or “Instead of That, Plant THIS!” I was recently asked what else I would recommend in that category. So let’s revisit the subject. Today: Sedum Autumn Joy (blech) or Sedum Matrona (yesyesyes!).

And while we are at it, lets review those grasses, shall we? In the first photo, we have Pennisetum, probably Hamelyn or Little Bunny. I have no issue with either one, and use them BOTH in my garden. But for a showstopper, check out Blue Grama grass, or Bouteloua gracilis. The inflorescence (is there a plural?) of this grass is like a beautiful eyelash. Blue Grama was named the state grass of Colorado in 1987. Great for preventing soil erosion. Drought tolerant. Warm season. And gorgeous with those Sedum Matrona. If I do say so.

The old standby sedum Autumn Joy (photo from Fine Gardening)

The old standby sedum Autumn Joy (photo from Fine Gardening)

Sedum Matrona: for richer color, larger blossoms with Blue Grama grass ( GWWW  Photo)

Sedum Matrona: for richer color, larger blossoms with Blue Grama grass ( GWWW
Photo)

And here’s a groovy totally “pin-able” image for your gardening boards on Pinterest.

A better combo...

A better combo…

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One Response to More “Better Plants for Better Gardens”

  1. Hoov says:

    Never understood the attraction for ‘Autumn Joy’. Yecch. Is it because it’s an easy and predictable plant?

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