So, winter is here, and soon my plants will just be lumps and bumps under the snow. Most of my plants, of course, are old hands at this winter thing, and shall breeze through it just fine. But every year I try at least a few things that aren't SUPPOSED to be hardy, just to see. So today, before the snow starts flying, I went and said goodbye and wished them luck... Here are a few of the things I'm HOPING to see again in the spring:
Arrowhead Alpines catalog says "from the most cold hardy population we know." I've put it in the best drained spot in my garden, and where it will be piled deep under insulating snow when I shovel my walk, so let's hope it lives up to its name!
Ophiopogon plansicapus 'Nigrescens', black mondo grass is such a cool plant, but all the references seem to say it is only hardy to zone 6. But that is just one little zone colder than here... I just have one test plant this year -- if it makes it through the winter unscathed, I'm going to get a bunch more and mass them in the shade garden.
This is a very, very bedraggled looking Echium fastuosum I grew from seed this year. Yes it looks bedraggled, but it is supposed to be only hardy to zone 8 and we've had already had temperatures dip into the 20s, so what do you expect. Actually, I had fully expected it to be dead by now, and I dug up one to bring inside before our first frost. But since it is still hanging in there -- still has green leaves even -- I've decided to hope against hope, mound up a protective layer of mulch thick over its lower branches and see what happens.
I've got other things I'm hoping against hope survive: Verbena peruviana, Leptinalla squalida 'Patt's Black' (Arrowhead says it 'needs some protection here' so we'll see), some roses in the cutting garden, and a few other oddaments.
What are you gambling on this winter?