African Garden + winter

The Deserted Island Plant List

This question was posed originally back in August by James of Blogging from Blackpitts and has been revived by Shirl from Shirl's Gardenwatch: if you were stranded on a deserted island without access to mailorder nurseries, what three plants (James asked for six) would you take with you. It's taken me this long to tackle this question because, as with signature plants, I just can't decide. (Normally I am not an indecisive person.) My island would have to be in a temperate climate, because I'm just not familiar with tropical plants.
And now, without further procrastination, The Plants:
The autumn blooming Actaea 'Black Negligee' or 'James Compton'

interchangeable plants, with outstanding dark foliage all season until it turns orange in autumn, for its amazing, strong scent of Grape Neehi pop (soda for all you non-Midwesterners). The scent fills the whole garden.

Phlox paniculata 'Nicky'

Not only does it bloom all summer until hard frost, it changes color (hey, with only a limited number of plants, I need all the variety I can get). It's also a popular feeding station for butterflies and those funky hummingbird-looking moths. I bet if there were any hummingbirds flying past the island, they'd visit 'Nicky' too.

Finally, I'd need something for spring bloom, but this tree does so much more, Magnolia stellata.

Not only are the flowers large and beautiful, but their tantalizing scent wafts on the breeze. The foliage is an attractive green all summer, late in summer the seed pods burst, revealing bright orange pods, and in autumn, the leaves turn golden. But the real value of this plant is in winter, when the beautiful, smooth gray bark and silky buds take center stage. Whenever it's warm enough to remove my mittens, I stroke the buds. They are almost better than the flowers. (Clearly, somebody has had too much of winter.)

What three plants would you choose?

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