The last few days have got my mind thinking about garden divas. ;-) What PLANT would you consider to be the #1 Diva in your garden? Is it worth the work?
I think we all have at least one in our gardens. Even those of us who swear to the allegiance of anti-foo-foo plants and go for as little care as possible.
But somehow we love it enough not to care (or maybe notice) that we are pouring a good deal of time and care into keeping it looking its best, or simply keeping it alive.
What is the reason you keep such a plant around? Sentimental reasons? Because it is (in your opinion) the coolest plant to hit planet earth and having it grace your garden is enough motivation? Or maybe you're still smarting over the price tag it came with or because it took you so long to find one?
Mine is without a doubt the whole clan of Toad Lilies. I have several, 'Miyazaki', 'Moonlight Treasure', and T. macrantha sub. puberula. I've moved Miy three times. The first location I was sure it would excel in- almost perpetually damp, gritty soil I had recently amended, and a fair amount of shade. It bloomed wonderfully (although we won't go into the frost zapping them prematurely) but had more rust than an old shovel left out in the rain. I moved it out front where there was a bit more sun and a LOT more air circulation and it did okay for awhile...until the area got too dry from encroaching tree roots. Little MT is a complete wimp. It could be because it is iffy here in this zone. The species toad lily is faring better, though the slugs are awfully fond of him.
To a lesser degree...
Thalictrum (rochebrunianum specifically) has been a bit of a needy soul. The thing seems to be one of the biggest 'nutrient hogs' I've encountered. It also doesn't seem so keen on competition from more robustly rooted neighboring perennials either. Or conditions that dry out. I'm giving my (once large) plant one last chance to be happy (have moved it twice to try and find an accommodating situation for it). Sigh...
I was just about to post this when I thought of a couple other interesting (or maybe not, you decide, LOL) related questions.
1) what plant did you expect to be a diva, but happily turned out otherwise? Mine would be Corydalis 'Chocolate Stars'. I thought it would be a lot more finicky when I bought it, based on some of the other Corydalis I have tried. But it hasn't been like that at all. I may also include Trollius...doesn't seem to be as picky as the tag and other sources implied!
2) what non-diva plant do you love enough to put up with if it suddenly turned diva?
Anemone nemorosa for me ;-)