Last week I got the 2011 Member's Seed List from the NC Botanical Garden. Always a cause for celebration. :)
Notice the first item circled on the list: Amsonia ciliata, or Sandhills Bluestar. Sweet !! I fell in love with this Bluestar after seeing it in the Coastal Plain section of the Botanical Garden last spring.
I have started their Amsonia tabernamontana from seed to see if it was any different from mine. It comes up a lot later and the foliage doesn't have the dark blue-green cast that mine does when it's new. Like mine it is extremely drought tolerant ~ it has big thick roots that voles won't eat and just ducks underground in summer drought. I'm going to try Foamflower from seed this year. This lovely planting is next to Totten House at the NCBG and photographed in April 2010.
I'm going to try to grow more of their Geranium maculatum too. I love the one that grows wild here but I think this one is showier. It's as though it has magic dust sprinkled on it.
Members get 8 seed choices. My others for this year are:
Marsh Eryngo ~ descriptions from the NCBG Seed List; usually short but compelling :) "Interesting architectural plant; attracts many pollinators"
Piedmont Staggerbush ~ "Petite, well-behaved shrub; numberous, urn-shaped flowers in spring; brilliant color in fall"
White Meadow Beauty ~ I have two species of Meadow Beauty in various shades of pink but not white.
Large-flower American Aster ~ to replace the one I lost during a wet winter
Virginia Goat's Rue ~ "Low-growing legume provides color in dry places; charming and under-used." Should be happy up at the mailbox.