Posted: 05/07/2013 at 12:54
I think using the Latin names is important.....we then get the exact plant we want. We shouldn't be afraid of being seen as pompous.
Re conifers. Love them too. Got quite a few and the well known albertiana conica is still a favourite with its lime green new foliage. Taxus Coppershine though is fantastic right now.....almost orange foliage, rheingold has nothing on it. Foliage changes from green and white, to increasingly coppery orange and finally to butter yellow in late summer. It's wonderful next to pale yellow hellebores in the winter and blue frikartii monch soon. Juniperus Sulphur Spray is lovely too......blue/grey foliage amongst heathers and alongside pittosporum Tom thumb.
Share the expressed fondness for hostas too......luckily I don't get them eaten and, so far, my luck is holding out again this year.
Uncinia uncinia rubra was mentioned earlier somewhere. I like this "grass". It's nothing much right now but in winter it's excellent. Again I have this,in front of a double white hellebore and it's a good looking winter scene. Winter is just as important to me as any other season so I aim for as much colour as possible then from my perennials, etc