I Have Sworn Off All Others…

Bad to the phloem! I rarely seek to simplify. Indeed, I’m usually looking to muck up my life a little bit more with each passing day.

However, there is now a plant in my life that has made it possible for my to say “sayonara” to all Purple Fountain Grasses, Phormiums, Cordylines and Millets. I might get to like this simplicity thing!

Hello, Pennisetum purpureum ‘Vertigo’… Where have you been all my life?

'Vertigo' flanked by a Cardoon, 2 invisible Eryngiums and a Buddleia (and a few bowling balls)

Less ratty than Purple Fountain Grass

Way more full and less limp than any Phormium

Flowier than a Cordyline

And less “stick-like” than any other Millet

I LOVE this plant.

When in came in a treasure chest from Proven Winners, I think it had been hit up with some growth regulators so it looked a little funny and stunty- so I put it near a new planting of 3 Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and within a week, it had over shadowed the Eryngiums… killing one and leaving the other 2 gasping for their lives.


It is SUCH an awesome beast!

Its habit sort of reminds me, in shape and vigor.. of this…

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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