Built on Tradition, designing Tomorrow

If you live in an area where drought is a frequent visitor then these plants will be a great addition to your staple. Not the usual suspects we may say…

We start off with our title image plant: Oh bountiful Sedums! They pack their succulent, cushiony leaves with large water reserves which not only help them in times of drought but also give them an indulgent and plump look. We are fond of Sedum cauticolum “Lidakense”, pictured above, for its painted leaves and starry-lit flowers that emerge like fairy bouquets from everywhere.

Calamagrostis brachytricha has magnificent plumes that have a romantic look upon them – especially when backlit by a sundown. If you can position the plant in such a place you are guaranteed sighs and beguiling views. Here in The Netherlands Reed Grasses are a common sight along dikes next to waterways. When one travels by boat alongside the shores these tall blondes provide shelter for water birds and are a story teller when the winds rush by them. We would center stage these beauties and add a water surface alongside. Magical!

Not really surprising this variety of Eryngium planum is called “Blauer Zwerg” (Blue Dwarf) – as it is rather compact compared to his relatives. But don’t underestimate this prickly charmer. It’s a bold blue that stands out and attracts pollinators and people alike. Great for a cutting garden, loved by florists and certainly a fantastic addition to any CSA or permaculture garden.

Even if you don’t want to make this an addition to a herbal garden, it’s a greatly photogenic and pittoresk plant. Origanum vulgare “Thumble’s Variety” can make its home in many a circumstance.

Drought is one, but small spaces is another one. They make wonderful container plants. Or let them cascade down a stone wall. It makes for a perfumed passage with great allure…

Excuse us as we add a touch of Dutch to this selection. Uh, yep we did it!

With this Lavandula x intermedia variety called “Dutch”. 

And what are Dutch people really famous for? Being tall. Really tall. 

This lovely lavender is not going to be 1,90m in hight but it will be a rather visible fellow that demands a sunny core space. Do give him that. And enjoy his bold presence and aroma as he takes his place on stage.

And while you are at it pair him with other companions than roses, we do beg of you. Add an annual apricot Calendula “Triangle Flashback” or a perennial Rudbeckia fulgida “Goldsturm” to the mix. 

We are talking drought.

But we could also be talking rock garden.

And then we are definately talking Saponaria ocymoides.

It’s a carpet of flowers!

They only last for a short 3-4 weeks but my-oh-my it’s absolutely worthwhile the wait.

Don’t go on vacation while they are blooming!

The intensity with which this ornamental climber blooms is turly phenomenal.

Very well suited for a rockwall creation next to a waterfall, too.

Sempervivum cv, as the name suggests just lives on forever. So it just really doesn’t bother growing on rocks or walls or the most outlandishly dry spot you’d assign it to. Or in a small container.

All varieties prefer, however, a well drained soil and a gritty potting mix.

Plant together with colour pops of Gentiana angustifolia to add some magnificent blue hues.

Or for pops of pink plant alongside Dianthus subacaulis.

As a third option you can chose an Achillea ageratifolia to create a mountain-like look. 

This Stachys byzantina is called “Silver Carpet” and you can easily see why: the shiny silvery hairs on the surface of the leaves give them a shimmer-like surface.

The woolly leaves are thick and padded and do feel like a  lamb’s ear – if you have ever touched one, then you’ll know what we mean, otherwise, here’s your chance: go and find some soft lamb ears and stroke away.

This is not a showy plant. Nevertheless, don’t dismiss it lightly, it would make for a great companion to above mentioned Eryngium planum “Blauer Zwerg”. The cool colours compliment each other beautifully.

“Pony Tails” is the name of this variety of Stipa tenuifolia. And what happy, meadowy plants they make.

And what lovely companions they make to Allium sphaerocephalon: the wavy golden hairs and the catchy pink globes…

Our finalist is: Thymus praecox var. “Pseudolanuginosus”. Woolly and creeping as you can get it. The aroma of the leaves is vigorous and odorous. The tiny blooms look amazing on food arrangements. This little hero has it all: sturdy, photogenic, herbaceous and blooming. How could you resist this little charmer?