Garden Vignettes

Garden Vignettes

Part of Ep. 1703 Ideas for Spring

Jim Wilson, co-owner of Winter Greenhouse in Winter, Wis., shows off his beautiful Zone 3 garden filled with plants like Pearl Achillea, Blue Dune Lyme grass, Marshall's Delight, Silver Queen Artemisia, Gloria Jean Yarrow and Summer Fairytale miniature rose.

Premiere date: May 06, 2009

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Wisc Gardener Transcript: 

Shelley:
We are at Winter Greenhouse, about two miles north of Winter, Wisconsin, a small town that's far north in Wisconsin.  And this is a Zone 3 garden.  I'm with the co-owner, Jim Wilson.  We are here, Jim, because I love this spot.

Jim:
It's one of my favorites, too.

Shelley:
I normally don't plant a lot of white in my garden.  And I don't know why, now that I've see this.  Let's talk about why this is just such a beautiful spot.

Jim:
This is called Pearl.  It's an Achillea.  It's unusual, because we think of a yarrow with a flat top.

Shelley:
Yeah, and yellow, usually.

Jim:
It has these beautiful little white flowers that are really clean and bright.

Shelley:
They're very white.

Jim:
You can see it from the far end of the garden.  For a long time, it blooms long.  It's very hardy.  It's a reliable performer for us.

Shelley:
So when we say Zone 3, these will also grow anywhere in Wisconsin.

Jim:
Yes.

Shelley:

One of the things that I think is kind of neat is I think it's whiter because it's near this blue grass.

Jim:
That's Blue Dune.  It's a Lyme grass.  It's well-behaved, and has a beautiful color and a nice spikey shape.

Shelley:
Don't Blue Dune and a lot of Lyme grasses really kind of run in the garden?

Jim:
Well, this one is not going to take it over.

Shelley:
So we don't have to worry about putting it in a container, or anything.  I like that color.  Then you've got another plant that's kind of repeating the whole white-blue scene, too.
Jim:
That's right, we have a variegated sedum.  You can usually see these blooming in the fall.  Here, what's interesting is the variegation so it doesn't really need to bloom to be attractive.

Shelley:
So you don't care about the flowers in this case, really.

Jim:
No, that's right.  After it flowers in the fall, leave it on, so the birds can take it.  It is very attractive to birds.  If you want it to stand up better, you can just cut it in half, early in the summer.  Then it will be sturdier.

Shelley:
It kind of side-shoots up.  It keeps it from splitting, also.  And just the way it brings your eye back, you're eye just kind of keeps going back from blue, white, blue, white.  It's just a beautiful spot in the garden.

Jim:
We love it, too.

Shelley:
Now, you've got another favorite.  Let's go look at that.

Jim:
Okay, we'll do that.  This is one of the combinations I like the most in this garden.

Shelley:
This is beautiful, the pinks and the silvers.

Jim:
The silver really makes the pink jump out.

Shelley:
This is another Monarda?

Jim:
Yes, this one is called Marshall's Delight.  That one is really a mildew resistant variety.

Shelley:
Which again is important.

Jim:
We just saw a bee there.  They really attract the bees.

Shelley:
And again, the silver makes it pop even more.  It's more pink.  And what's the silver?

Jim:
This is Silver Queen Artemisia.  It's really in the herb family.  But here, it's vigorous.  You know, you can keep it under control.  It has runners, but they're easy to pull up.  It infiltrates other plants and makes the colors shine up with all the pink.  At the same time, it doesn't take it over.

Shelley:
I've got a couple in my yard and they tend to flop way over.

Jim:
They can do that, especially if you over fertilize them.  They like it lean.

Shelley:
So, keep them in kind of not the best soil, maybe, if you can swing it.

Jim:
Right, you can do that.  And if you do have them in better soil and they flop, it's very easy to just trim them back.  Actually, the flower is not very impressive.

Shelley:
Okay, that'll keep it denser and lower, and not falling over, then, too.  Okay, what is this yarrow?
This has got to be one of my new favorite plants.  This is absolutely stunning.

Jim:
It's called Gloria Jean.  That's a very nice yarrow.  And again, the texture of the foliage is different from the others, and makes a nice contrast.  It's a beautiful color pink.

Shelley:
Again, look at it with the Artemisia.  You've got a bouquet there.  That's beautiful.  Then you're extending the pink in one more plant.

Jim:
We have one miniature rose.  It's Summer Fairytale.  It has a bright green foliage that gives a nice contrast.  It rounds out that area.

Shelley:
Pink and gray.  This is one of the most peaceful spots, I think, in your entire garden.  I'm going to have to try this one at home.  Thank, Jim.

Jim:
You're welcome.  Thanks for coming.

Shelley:
If you'd like more information about any of the topics we've discussed today please check out our Web site: wpt.org/garden I'm Shelley Ryan.  Thanks for watching.  I'll see you next time on the Wisconsin Gardener.

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