Magic in the garden with plants with extraordinary names

Magic in the garden with plants with extraordinary names

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A garden is (all) a story. Make it even more exciting by populating it with varieties that you have chosen for their aesthetics, for their adaptation to your terrain of course and ... why not for their name! Astonishing, delightful, poetic, funny ... the name of the plants can be a reason to fall for this or that variety! In general, each plant is first baptized according to the name of its species, "sometimes followed by that of a variety obtained by horticultural selection", explains Stéphane Marie in his book, Love your plants . If most of the names - often in Latin in the first place - are classic, there are some that are particularly dreaming, or in any case that call out - especially among the new cultivars.

Write a green and flowery page with the names of the plants

If you choose them by their name, learn the history of each plant, and do not forget to associate them with an anecdote from the time of their acquisition, for example, or the reason for their arrival in your garden. You will be able to create a story page by page, chapter by chapter, in your green book. And tell your visitors (friends, neighbors… grandchildren!) The fables and meanings of each plant while strolling through your extraordinary little world! Besides, make sure to write each name on a label: slate, wood, aluminum, porcelain, white, black or colored plastic, Plexiglas®… (see our selection of garden labels) . This will first allow you to anchor each plant in your memory; then you will use it as a memo over the years.

Plant names: discover them, classify them, start inventing!

You can even create a thematic garden, or islets here and there grouping together a few similar ones. Here are some inspirations with a preselection of plants with pretty names, sometimes really fun, but also romantic, gourmet, childlike, precious, magical, exotic, poetic, magical, amazing ... You will certainly recognize some of them, and can of course complete as and according to your personal discoveries and favorites!

Plants with classic but charming names

Let's start writing the first page of this story with names that are rather classic but so charming. The daphne mezereum is a perfect example, since it can be called either wood-pretty or wood-nice. For the record, it is a really graceful shrub since its flowering delights us at the end of winter but ... not so nice as that, since its berries are extremely toxic. The bindweed belle-de-jour and belles-de-nuit are also annuals which have the particularity of closing respectively at night or during the day. Among the ground covers, we note the shepherd's ribbon grass (Phalaris arundinacea), and the strawberry or fragaria ground cover 'Pink panda' (Pink panda). And then, how to forget the rose hips 'Gratte-cul', with scarlet flowers and fruits - whose hairs can cause itching but ... which are excellent in jam!

Plants with names of birds, animals ...

Some plants bear the names of birds (actually!), English for that matter, such as the lark's foot 'Blue Bird', the hydrangea serrata 'Blue Bird' also, or the magnolia 'Yellow Bird', among others ... In terms of mammals, we like the rabbit-foot fern or squirrel-foot fern, more commonly known as davallia fejeensis: it takes its name from its hairy rhizomes, which have the fabulous ability to crawl and climb quickly on a support. There is also a rainbow fern, with beautiful colors and beautiful reflections. And also a fox tongue or deer tongue, more commonly called aspelium scolopendrium. As for the aruncus dioicus, it is also called goat-goat or queen-of-the-woods; it is a "perennial with a funny name", as Stéphane Marie puts it so well, who has also selected guinea fowl eggs (Fritillaria meleagris) in his own garden: "from kinetic art to the garden!", s 'marvels there. We also know celosie crête-de-coq and lavender-papillon.

Plants with romantic names

Some flowers are lucky to have particularly romantic names: the rose 'First Kiss®', the sweet pea Sweetheart®, the rose 'India' Cupid, hydrangea macrophylla 'The Bride' ® (The bride), or the hydrangea You & Me 'Forever'® (You and me forever), or You & Me' Together'® (You and me together). Let us take this opportunity to emphasize that many hydrangeas and hydrangeas have the chance to bear very pretty names: for example 'Sweet Dreams', 'Golden Sunlight', paniculata 'Bridal Veil' (Wedding veil), 'White Lady', or 'Snow Flake'. And many others listed below… They are a mine of inspiration! The physalis franchetti is an annual nicknamed 'Love in a cage' or 'Chinese lantern'.

Plants with a gourmet name, for a return to childhood!

Some plants are so beautiful that "we would eat them"! Let's continue with the hydrangea paniculata 'Sundae strawberry' and 'Vanilla strawberry', or with the new perennials 2014 Kniphofia 'Papaya Popsicle' or 'Lemon Popsicle'. And let us be moved by the rose baptized Bout'Chou®, recently created "to promote gardening in schools". We also know the rudbeckia 'Marmelade' and the dwarf nasturtium 'Tom Pouce'. As for the pineapple or eucomis flower, Stéphane Marie describes it as "" Humorous "with his funny toupee on his head".

Plants with angelic names

They seem so pure and virtuous, how not to include them in the garden? Here we select the geranium Angel Eyes®, the acanthus mollus 'Tasmanian Angel', the hydrangea paniculata 'Angel Blush' or 'Ruby', or the dierama pulcherrimum called fishing rod for angels including Stéphane Marie says: "The poetry of its name refers to that of this graceful plant which seems to have been chiselled by fairy hands, as it is light" ... Let us add of course the tulip or the hyacinth 'Angelica', as well as the angelica ( Angelica archangelica), this biennial aromatic and medicinal. What if these flowers with the angelic name brought good luck? So we also select the 4-leaf clover (Oxalis deppei) on the Sainte-Marthe Farm site! Finally, unlike the angelic, we still note the montbrétia 'Lucifer', hellish flame.

Precious flowers…

Many plants have names that shine, you could say ... Perfect for a bling-bling or downright luxurious garden! The ginkgo is thus nicknamed the tree with forty ecus, the lunar 'Pope's currency', the alyssus' Golden basket ', the iberis sempervirens' Silver basket' ... and one of its varieties is even called ' Little Gem '. We also find the climbing rose 'Bouquet d'or', the yarrow ptarmique 'The Pearl', the agapanthus 'Double Diamond' (Double diamond), the queen-daisy 'Super Princess', or even the 'hydrangea macrophylla' Preziosa '(or' Pink Beauty ', pink beauty). Rowley's ragwort (Senecio rowleyanus) is a succulent plant also called a 'pearl necklace plant'. And always among the hydrangeas we find the macrophylla 'Diadem', the paniculata 'Perle d'automne' (or 'Starlight Fantasy'), or even 'Pink Diamond' and 'Silver Dollar'. Really very chic!

From fairyland to the garden

Spring had brought its fairy tale to the garden, with all-out blooms. Add a pinch of extra magic with plants with well-chosen names ... The rose 'The Fairy' (Fairyland) bears its name perfectly with its pink flowers in clusters on drooping branches, and it is above all very easy to succeed: an enchantment of June until October! Ditto for the gypsophila 'Fairy'. The rose 'Mermaid' (Mermaid), it charms with its large light yellow flowers. In perennials, the crocosmia 'Twilight Fairy Gold' is breathtakingly luminous. There is also a new type of fern, aquatic this time, called fairy moss, particularly loved by Stéphane Marie: "I installed it ... in a basin full of water; it surprises me every winter, because it becomes all pink! ". He also loves nemesis, or mirror of the elves, and also tells an anecdote in his book: "A bit of history: do not confuse 'Nemesis', the plant, with spiders bearing the same name!"


… Are flowers that make us travel without leaving our garden. The perennials called corydalis 'Canary Feathers®' and evening primrose 'African Sun', the Mexican sun (An annual) or the Californian sunflower have names that say a lot about the imaginary journey that 'they can offer to those who simply admire them. We also like the queen-daisy 'Ostrich feather' or the queen-daisy 'Simple de Chine' ... Then, for each variety sown, it is enough to do some research on its origins to discover which continent or which country it come and tell his story. Exciting !


The name of the daffodils of the poets (new in 2014 among the bulbs) is explicit, just like that of the carnation of the poets, or the poppy called 'Poet of the fields'. We also like in this theme the butterfly tree (Buddleia davidii), the heuchère 'Pluie de feu', and the old rose ... 'Thigh of nymph moved'!

Everyday magic

Abracadabra… with very dwarf sage 'Magic Fire', hellebore 'Merlin', agapanthus 'Black Magic', arum 'Black Magic', Dutch iris 'Blue Magic', or hydrangea macrophylla 'Magical Four Season' - in hydrangeas, there is also Magic Moonlight®, Magic Amethyst®, Magical Candle® paniculata…

The rising stars of the garden

The viburnum plicatum 'Great Star' can definitely not go unnoticed, it is even, as its name suggests, a great garden star. We also like the narcissus 'Gigantic Star', the tulip 'Pink Star', the red columbine 'Crimson Star', or blue 'Blue Star', and of course the rose 'Super Star®'. There is also a hydrangea paniculata 'Great Star®' and a hydrangea 'Star Gazer®'. We also love the morning glory or 'Knowlians Black' booby.

The crowned

They are 'royal', these flowers! Filipendulas, for example, are perennials often called meadows queens - and rightly so since they are very easily cultivable. The wearing of the columbine 'Yellow Queen' is really superb. The gypsophila can be 'Roi des Halles', and the epimedium 'Amber Queen' (The latter is also called the flower of the elves).

The enigmatic

A little suspense in the course of the story, trying to unravel the secret and the story of the agapanthus 'Enigma' and the heuchère 'Dark secret'! These plants may be revealed in your garden ... This is what makes up exciting stories! To read : Love your plants , Stéphane Marie, Chêne editions, € 19.90. To consult: - Lepage Nurseries: - Avettes Nursery: - Sainte-Marthe Farm: