Guess we all wish that title described us. But, in this case, that means plants, not people.
Tall, of course, can be relative. Larkspurs bloom on tall stems, as do Cannas, and the flowers of Red Yucca, so I’m including them. Canna lilies, although not true lilies, grow from rhizomes and are faithful to return each spring. Because they multiply, they are usually a pass-a-long plant.
Larkspur (Delphinium consolida) are a wonderful spring blooming annual, if you’re not picky about where it pops up in years to come. They are generous re-seeders.
I had never considering planting their seeds until I saw them in a friend’s yard. She generously shared some seeds; so I’ve enjoyed them ever since no matter where they appear.
Desert Willows are native to Mexico and the southwestern U.S., including Texas.
After my experience with Hollyhocks and Rust disease, I was undecided whether or not to dig up this one that came from some remaining roots. After checking it over and keeping a close watch on it, it has survived disease-free and has produced beautiful flowers. But it has been a rather dry spring. If and when we get lots of rain, the disease will probably reappear.
The hardiness and aroma of Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) makes it a worthwhile plant, especially for arid areas. It is native to the steppes, which are grassy plains, of southwestern and central Asia, so the name is appropriate.
Bee Balm or Monarda might not be considered elegant by some some people, but it’s a notable plant to attract pollinators. Plus, I think it’s pretty, if it can be staked so that it won’t flop over. I chose to put a cage around it to hold it up.
These bulbs were ordered two or three years ago from Old House Gardens, which specializes in heirloom bulbs.
The old adage that beauty is in the eye of the beholder is true to many things, including plants. So choose what plants you think fall into the category of tall, slender, and elegant.
“When life gives you a rainy day, wear cute boots and jump in the puddles.” unknown