(Above, clockwise left: 'Greenland' tulip; 'Irish Lemon' heath; 'Spring Green' tulips'; 'Green Envy' echinacea'; 'Green Eyes' echinacea)
Regular readers know that I never, EVER met a coneflower that I didn't love, double-flowered or single, native or hybrid, standard coloured or flamboyant. This little gem is 'Coconut Lime', which I intend to reintroduce into my new gardens.
When I recommend must-have perennials to beginning gardeners (or any other gardener who wants a great plant), I always mention Lady's Mantle. (Alchemilla sp.) The foliage is gorgeous, especially with dew or rain catching on it, and the flower buds expand into puffs of tiny, green flowers that last and last and last, eventually turning a tan colour. A tough and gorgeous perennial for any garden.'Limerick x Hillsvale x Cherokee', which has enchanted me for several years now.
Happy St. Patrick's Day...we're getting closer to spring...