I’m often asked by first time homeowners, or even homeowners with new homes that want to start a garden, “What are some basic plants that I should have in my yard?” So here is my answer for everyone! This Back-To-Basics Collection contains my favourite plants that I repeatedly use to create the foundation of a beautiful garden space in any existing garden or when starting a new one that can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Carson's Back to Basics Collection includes:
7 Oriental Lily 'Stargazer'
I always put a showstopper into every garden: that one plant that all your neighbours will ask you about. Stargazer lily is just that…incredibly memorable. With bright pink blooms that fill the summer air with a rich fragrance, this is the perfect plant to put beside the deck, patio or front door.
1 Achillea millefolium 'Paprika'
This perennial will quickly become one of your favourites because of the intense red it visually brings to any space. I always plant it because Yarrow does best in less than ideal situations. It doesn’t need to be pampered… making it perfect for both new and experienced gardeners.
2 Hemerocallis 'Stella D'oro'
Pops of yellow all summer long…what’s not to love? Stella D’oro was the very first plant I studied in horticulture school and even today, it has a prominent place in our yards and gardens.
2 Hosta albomarginata
In every garden a hosta must grow! I am a firm believer that the big leaves of a healthy hosta add structure to any space. For new gardeners, hostas are one of the easiest and most forgiving plants you can grow, making them ideal in my Back-To-Basics collection.
2 Dicentra spectabilis
Bleeding Hearts are one of those flowers that make you stop and notice them. The gorgeous blooms on arching branches remind me of my grandma’s garden. They’re such a special vintage plant, how could I skip them?