Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Nursery Visit

Last week we traveled with some friends, and one of the highlights was a visit on the grounds of Monrovia in Dayton, Oregon... a beautiful location and with expansive plantings in all directions. I would have enjoyed more time there.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Unique'

Entrance to the right of H. paniculata

Looking back across the stone walkway

Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'

Honey bee attractant

C. alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'

Hydrangea aspera var Robusta Green

Cimicifuga racemosa 'Black Negligee'

As far as the eye can see

Meanwhile, back at home: our landscape has some maturity at this stage, and the last several years focus has been on expanding our organic garden, heirloom vegetable seeds and an attempt to grow year round. So I must admit to not having supported the plant industry for several years, but this visit to Monrovia got me psyched again. What must one do? We headed to several nurseries. From inspiration to participation, my dear husband says.

Although some of the plants are not new introductions, they are new for us, and a few are ones we lost during a prolonged freeze several years ago and thought worth another try. So without further ado, this is the plant list we obtained.

Taxus baccata 'Standishii': an addition to our numerous vertical evergreens
Carex 'Ice Dance': new add to our garden;
Penstemmon 'Bev Jensen': we lost all our penstemon last year, and this was a lovely companion with the Echinacea;
Hebe 'Amy': was lost last year (among other Hebes) following many years of enjoyment;
Melianthus major: went by the wayside many years ago, but worth another try.
Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight': after seeing H. paniculata 'Unique' at Monrovia, I settled for this one... actually two; ok, my husband wanted three;
Echinacea 'Fatal Attraction': new and do love the nearly upright magenta blossoms with its darker stem;
Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice': new and the one gallon size (not pictured);

Also not pictured:

Gunnera chilensis: lost it a number of years ago, worth another try
Lobelia speciosa 'Fan Blue': new and loving it