I have a love for funky, fun and uniquegarden plants. Here's one to try.It's called Sea Holly, and it's actually in thethistle family. Sea Holly is a perennial garden plant, which means you plant it once and it comes up year after year, somewhat depending on your climate.
This plant never did fail to bring attention andcomments from people seeing my garden. It grows about3-4 feet high, very branchy and branches are abrilliant electric blue color. It's stunning!
The only drawback to this lovely plant, in fallyou must cut it to ground and burn or compost theplant. Do not let it go longer than that, or it will be casting seeds and you'll soon discover it's family trait ofbeing a thistle, if you know what I mean. The following spring, it'll come back again to it'sbeauty.
It is an easy plant to grow and does best with fullsun, or as much sun as is available to you. I live inthe Pacific Northwest, U.S.A. so we get a lot of rain andfairly mild summers and yet it seems to be enough forthis plant. You can search for Sea Holly seeds in seed catalogs or sometimes you can find it in some nurserys. Aninternet search would surely find you a source forthis lovely plant.
I thought I'd let you know about one of coolest,funky plants for outdoors I've ever run across. It's calledEvening Scented Stock, it is NOT common stock, however.
This is an annual plant, that needs to be sown early spring, directly into soil where it is to bloom and grow. I recommend planting it nearby windows and doors, porches, etc. This plant really doesn't look like much in and of itself, it's not a pretty plant per se..but when about 5:00 PM rolls around watch it do its stuff! This plant has a VERY powerful fragrance similar to hyacinths or lilacs. At gentlestbreeze it sends a waft of fragrance to die for. This is why it's so excellent to plant near a window, door or pathway. When you open up your screen in evening, this will scent your entire house.
One place that I have found seeds for this rare plant is atFragrant Path, PO Box 328, Fort Calhoun, NE 68023