Love... Lily-of-the-valley is a tough, low-care groundcover you can plant in shady spots. It has a lovely fragrance and nodding white or pink bell-shape flowers. There is also a variegated leaf variety.
Cottinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ (Smoke Bush)... considered a tree but I grow it as a shrub, whacking it back hard each spring to keep the height lower and make it bush out. easily grows 7-8' tall in a season. glows purple with the sun behind it.
What Type of Hydrangea is This? A Handy Care Guide
Hydrangeas are one of the most beloved plants in our gardens and for good reason—they are gorgeous. Many gardeners have questions about pruning, colour changes (pink or blue), basic care, transplanting, and how to get stubborn ones to bloom. This simple guide describes the 6 basic types of hydrangeas, so you can know which ones you are growing and how to best care for them.
Sea Holly Alpinum (Eryngium Alpinum Superbum) - Eryngium Alpinum Superbum is nothing short of fantastic and is easy to grow from Eryngium seeds. It is commonly known as Alpine Sea Holly, and it is one of the showiest Sea Holly plants available on the market. The metallic stems and large thistle-like flowers mature to an intense steel blue color from summer through fall.
I used to hike out into the woods and find small trees and transplant them and wire them and so on to try grow my own bonsai. I never had the patience and ended up killing the poor trees... some day though... BONSAI!!!