Moving back into my own regional neighborhood (i.e last week in Utah – now in Maine) I am busily researching plants, plants and more plants. I am feeling the pressure to to get things planted into my own garden as soon as possible….as it is looking likely that I will actually be hosting a garden wedding in September (though not quite 100% for sure yet) and I want things to look their best for my little sister.
Sanguisorba is top on my list. Native not just to Maine, but also Massachusetts where I live. I expect it thrive and add alot towards my airy, farmy New England Garden. I love the prolific white flowers and this combo by James Alexander Sinclair is one of the prettiest I have seen in a while. (Sanguisorba canadensis, Verbena bonariensis and last weeks native – Salix exigua)
It not only has beautiful flowers, but pretty foliage that smells like cucumbers (ahhh reminds me of summer). Sanguisorba’s leaves can be added to salads and also have a cucumber taste.
Sanguisorba canadensis image from Avondale nursery catalog in the UK.
image by by julie_dansereau
The whole family of Sanguisorbas have a lot to offer in the garden, I think this one is Sanguisorba menziesii (correct me if I am wrong) (Available from Digging Dog Nursery) — and native only to Washington State and Alaska — but another beautiful variation on this useful plant. Do you grow this plant? What do you like or dislike about it?