We've been hard at work out in the garden these past few weeks, and have lots and lots of new plants in right now! We wanted to share a few of our favorites with you.
Echeveria Topsy Turvy
If you've visited our nursery before, you know that in addition to cottage garden classics and unusual annuals and perennials from growers like Annies Annuals, we keep a HUGE stock of natives plants, low water plants and succulents in stock. We especially LOVE the echeveria family, and this particular variety has great color and such a cool shape to the leaf! Like most in its family, this can take full sun to partial shade, and though it is drought tolerant, it can actually take a modest amount of water, meaning it can go in your succulent/low water garden, OR provide great variety and texture to a garden with more traditional 'cottage' plants like lavender and daisies. The color and shape of this beauty make it a great specimen plant.
Osteospermum Nuanza Copper
You HAVE to see the color of this thing to appreciate how amazing it is. Copper, pink and brozne all at once. Osteospermum are a huge family, commonly known as "African Daisies' and they are super easy to grow: hardy, full sun to a little bit of shade, moderate watering, but from our experience they have been pretty tough and can take drier conditions. You can't beat the color, endless blooms and the fact that they are adaptable to nearly any landscape design - the daisy like blooms make them great for cottage style gardens, but they also look perfect in a tropical landscape, and their vivid colors and sharp shapes make them ideal for your 'architectural' landscapes as well. Oh, and bonus: they are usually cheap!
Clematis Montana 'Grandifolora'
Ah, Clematis, the classic of classic cottage garden vines. You gotta see this thing up close right now to appreciate just how many blooms it has. It's pretty incredible! Would look AMAZING on an arbor or trellis. They are a pretty easy vine to grow - give it regular water, sun to part shade (we've found that in warm conditions they do best with a little shade), Grandiflora is a particularly hardy variety. We have them in five gallons sizes right now, which means they'll be pretty well established when you plant them. Instant coverage for that bare spot on your wall or arbor!
Iris pallida Variegata
A variegated iris, beautiful! How can you not love irises? They are simple yet profound, and make a powerful statement in any garden. We have two types of the variegated iris in right now - Variegata is known for its unique yellow and green striped foliage, while Argentea Variegata has a very cool silvery tone to its variegation. Try them both out - they look awesome together, and look great planted with lavender, columbine, and white California poppies, all of which, btw, we have in stock right now! We love plants with variegated colorings - they 'break up' a landscape design, providing interest and color variations all year long.
The award for hands down coolest plant of the week goes to.....Aloe plicatilis! Seriously, just LOOK at this plant, how cool is that shape, that color, AND the fact that it grows up into this amazing Dr. Seuss looking tree! Not to mention the fact that it is, after all, an aloe, which means little work on your part, lazy gardener! Would looks super cool in a pot, in your low water or 'architectural' garden design.
These are just a few of the many very cool plants we have added to our nursery in recent weeks - be sure to stop in and see us soon!
And as always, feel free to email us with your plant questions or for help with garden design!