Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ is also looking quite nice in the garden today as you’ll see if you join us for the final two days of our Summer Open Nursery and Garden. This is the first plant we named and introduced over 30 years ago. Sunny and well drained soils are the key for growing this well.
Looking quite lovely in the garden now is our native Sabatia kennedyana. This easy-to-grow perennial needs slightly moist soil and several hours of sun daily. Sabatia is a rather small plant, with all the flowering stems emerging from a rather tiny basal rosette. Sabatia is first cousin to the better known gentians.
Unlike most hibiscus, I can’t detect a bit of blue in Hibiscus ‘Cranberry Crush’…but then, you know what they say about most men being color blind. The hardy hibiscus are just looking fantastic in the garden now…how many do you grow?
I just snapped this photo of Euphorbia corollata in our garden. This amazing North American native is virtually unknown in gardens, despite being easy to grow and having amazing flower power through the summer. In the wild, it grows in deep shade, where it barely flowers. Instead, plant it in full sun with cacti and it becomes a flowering machine.
We’ve had great flowering on the sotols this year as shown here with our clump of Dasylirion berlandieri. Unlike agave, dasylirions don’t die after flowering. These North American native are incredible insect attractants when in flower. Hot, sunny, and well-drained are the keys to growing good sotols.
We’ve spent the last two weeks renovating our alpine scree berm plantings, which were originally installed in 1998. This meant digging up virtually all the plants, adding additional compost to the soil, and then rearranging and replanting. Here’s a new shot of the finished plantings on the inside of the bed…we love transplanting in midsummer! There’s about 50′ remaining to be done on the outside, which we’ll be working on today during open nursery and garden. I hope you’ll be able to drop by today from 1-5 and see how this process works.
In case you’ve just woken up like Zirconia, this is the final day of our Spring 20% off overstock sale!
I do love the foliage of the American native, narrow-leaf ironweed, Vernonia lettermanii...even before it’s topped with the purple flowers. It’s just so hard to find great textural plants like this. Average to dry soil moisture and a sunny site are the key to success with this one.