Gardens are best shared, and the gifting of plants from one garden to another is an act of kindness, care and storytelling. A garden that is built from memories of special friends, family and places has depth of character and meaning.
My aunt visited recently to help serve afternoon tea during a visit to our garden by Ross Garden Tours. She arrived with a car full of gorgeous cakes, teapots, cups and saucers, and she left with a garden in the car! We shared, and it was lovely.
Sharing plants from your garden also helps to ensure that special plants are preserved for years to come, particularly in these difficult years of drought. The plants live on in the care of others, and can be returned in time.
To share the love, I have written a list below for you of my favourite storytelling plants, those that were gifted to me, and that I gift to others. They are easily grown and easily split into multiple plants to hand on to others. Giving the gift of a garden is a true pleasure, a gift that keeps on giving!
My favourite plants to share:
- Irises, Siberian Iris in particular
- Japanese Windflowers
- Ornamental grasses – Miscanthus, Calamagrostis and Stipa
Seeds to share
- Ornamental Allium
- Seaside Daisy
- Sweet Peas
- Queen Ann’s Lace
Plants to share and eat
- Basil seed
- Fennel seed