“Honesty” heirloom plant perfect for dried flower arrangements

Sometimes called the “money plant”, it is known for its clusters of fragrant lilac flowers in spring and the round, papery pods, like silver dollars, that follow.

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Q What is the plant commonly called “Honesty”?

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A. Honesty, also called the “money plant,” is a heirloom flower grown for its clusters of fragrant lilac flowers in spring and the round, papery seed pods, like silver dollars, that follow. The stems bearing the pods are popular in dried flower arrangements. Left in the garden, the almost transparent discs can be quite decorative in autumn and winter, especially on sunny days.

The botanical name for the money plant is Lunaria, derived from the Latin “luna” meaning moon – which is round and silvery, like seed pods.

Lunaria is a biennial, like foxglove. The seeds drop from the dried pods, germinate and form rosettes of foliage which remain through the winter. In the spring, the rosettes send up flowering stems. The full botanical name is Lunaria annua, although the plants are not annuals. The “annua” can refer to the fact that once the plant is established in a garden, it will flower year after year because the plants self-sow prolifically.

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Brother Nature Seeds (Victoria) and West Coast Seeds (Lower Mainland) list Lunaria annua.

Q A fence at the front of my garden, at the top of a slope down to the boulevard, has so far kept deer out, although an adventurous animal could probably make the jump. Is there anything I can do in addition to the fence to ensure deer are kept out of the garden?

A. I added height to a vulnerable section of the fence with a length of black deer netting stretched between and attached to thin posts, which were easily attached to sturdy main fence posts. A few pieces of signage attached to the nearly invisible netting alert deer to its presence.

Placing fish netting or chicken wire along the outer base of the fence can be effective in deterring deer. They will sense the danger of being trapped in the net, and the deer are also afraid of being caught in the wire mesh.

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    Strawberries considered good planting companions for potatoes

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    It is best to sow root vegetables outdoors

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