There's so much that changes in the MG landscape throughout the year...we thought a plant trial and garden blog was the best way to start sharing "what's new" and "what's happening with all those new varieties" with you! Visit often for updates on how trial plants are performing in the gardens and to see photos throughout the season as we grow and change!

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Mary Ellen's Favorite Plant

Happy Monday,
Today we have the very bright and energetic Mary Ellen. Her favorite plant is amongst my favorites as well.

Mary Ellen Biell, Administrative Assistant & Customer Service A member of the Midwest team since 2002, Mary Ellen works with both external and internal customers on direct sales needs and in administrative functions. She holds a Bachelor of Science and supports many development initiatives through her excellent project management skills. She says what she likes best about working with customers is recognizing their individuality and ultimately helping them and being able to thank them for their orders. Some of her favorite plants include Conifers and Ferns.

Calamintha nepeta ssp nepeta
I learned to love Calamintha nepeta spp nepeta gazing out my window at work. We have a beautiful clump of these in our Piet Oudolf garden. The tiny white flowers cover this neatly clumped plant and last from June until frost. But, I’m not alone in loving this plant. Honey bees and bumblebees are crazy for it. They work on each tiny flower until sunset, even later, well into the fall. It’s a delight to see nature unfold before me on this lovely plant.

A couple further notes about Calamintha. This particular variety is sterile which makes it a better option than the straight species which can run you down. The straight species will seed about readily. Calamintha nepeta ssp nepeta and/or Calamintha 'Montrose White' have been named the 2011 Wisconsin perennial plant of the year! And one last reason as to why you could love it too; when temperatures fall in autumn, flower color goes from white to lightly lavender.

Until next time, have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the advice! I have noticed this plant buzzing around in my thoughts as I've been working on my adds/moves & changes for this upcoming gardening season and you have just nudged me to put it on my list!
    Now I have the perfect excuse to come down to your nursery soon. Perhaps I'll even find a few more great plants to adopt;)!


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