Hello folks! I hope this post finds you all well. Before I get sidetracked I wanted to make a post about the latest new additions. I will need them as I move from bed to bed getting them ready for the summer. Oh, summer is already here, huh? Well, I had to think of a good reason that didn’t sound like an excuse.
The plants I bought on May 5 are all doing well. When My sister wanted to go back to the greenhouses on June 7, of course, I went. I may have gotten a little carried away but I visualized in my mind where they all would go (for the most part). The south bed needs work for sure so most of what I brought home will go there. Then on Sunday, I went to Lowe’s and found a few more plants. Actually, I went to Sedalia to go grocery shopping but my first stop was Lowe’s. I didn’t want my ice cream to melt. 🙂
It took as long time at Lowe’s and I put several succulents back I decided I didn’t need. Over the years I have learned what succulents work OK over the winter in the house. No need to buy, no matter how AWESOME some of the Echeveria look during the summer, they don’t work well in lower light inside over the winter. I put back a really nice Crassula because of the same reason. The worse things was seeing all the cactus and succulents labeled “succulent”. GEEZ! What is their name, for crying out loud?!?! You know how many cactus and succulent species are variable that look so much alike? Resisting plants is not my strong point, but I did…
Anyway, after I bought only a few plants and was leaving, I saw the Achillea ‘Moondust’. So, I picked one out and went back inside and paid.
You can’t go wrong with Achillea in the full sun so this one will go in the south bed for sure. The leaves are quite a bit different than Achillea millefolium, so I need to do some investigation. Is Achillea ‘Moondust’ it a cultivar of a certain species or a hybrid? Hmmm…
I bought two more Agastache ‘Kudos™ Gold’ to go with the first one I bought on May 5. They will go in the north bed next to the porch steps on the right side.
I bought most of my plants from Wildwood Greenhouse. It is the smallest greenhouse here but they always have a very good selection and their prices are very reasonable. I bought these Agastache aurantiaca ‘Apricot Sprite’ for the bed on the left side of the north porch. That bed is basically finished now but I ran into a snag… That is for another post :).
GEEZ! Yeah, I know the Angelonia angustifolia hybrid Angelface® ‘Perfectly Pink’ is pinkish but I have the perfect spot for them. I put them in the southeast corner bed.
The Astilbe x arendsii ‘Fanal’ is one of the only plants I bought that I have no idea where it will go. Probably somewhere in the north bed between the Colocasia esculenta and Leucocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’. Wildwood had several of these and they are very nice plants in good sized pots for a very good price. Who could resist? I put this plant in the north bed.
Depending on which website you are on, the flowers are a deep garnet red, deep red, bright red. I am calling them red but they really are neat.
I found this Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ at Muddy Creek. I had a Brunnera ‘King’s Ransom’ when I was in Mississippi that I bought off the discount rack at Lowe’s. It was pretty much shot and didn’t survive. They don’t like high heat and humidity and need consistently moist soil. ‘Jack Frost’ is supposed to tolerate drier conditions so we shall see what happens. It was introduced by Walter’s Gardens in 2000 and won the Perennial Plant of the Year in 2012. It is already in the shade bed.
Brunnera macrophylla have neat and happy small pale blue flowers.
I had a plan for the Crocosmia x Curtonus ‘Lucifer’ but somehow forgot to put them where I intended in the bed on the right side of the north porch. Well, I had to make a change and put the Heliotropium arborescens ‘Marine’ where I wanted the…
Cenchrus setaceus ‘Rubrum’ (Purple Fountain Grass). So, I had put this plant where I wanted the Crocosmia. Then, after I moved the Heliotrope something (like a cat or mole) dug in the bed and kind of screwed it up. Well, something is also weird with the soil… So, the Heliotrope may not make it and I can put the Fountain Grass in that spot after all. Then the Crocosmia can go where I wanted them in the first place or next to the porch instead of the steps.
Now, if you are wondering why I am calling the Purple Fountain Grass a Cenchrus setaceus instead of Pennisetum setaceum it is because the name changed in 2010.
Since the Blue Mistflower (Conoclinum coelestinum) didn’t come up from seed this spring, it left the areas next to the steps without anything. When we were at Muddy Creek Greenhouse I found these Gomphrena globosa ‘Gnome Series’. They had quite a few 4-packs with a mixture of white, purple and pink. I found a pack with two white and two purple to bring home. I put them in the bed on the left side of the steps. They will get plenty of morning sun.
Mast’s Greenhouse had a couple of Hostas I had to bring home. The one in the above photo is Hosta ‘Blue Angel’. They had several of these plants, but I bought this one because the Yellow Wood Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) in the pot has different colored leaves than the ones growing in my flower beds (and the yard). My dad’s mom had a purple-leaved Wood Sorrel in her flower bed which I got a start from when I was around eight. I have not seen any since (It is NOT the same as Oxalis triangularis). Then when we went to Muddy Creek and they had larger plants for around the same price.
Hosta ‘Blue Angel’ can grow to around 3′ tall x 5′ to 6′ wide in time.
I also brought this Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ from Mast’s Greenhouse. Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ is a legendary cultivar and may be the largest of the chartreuse/gold cultivars available. Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ can grow around 3′ tall x up to 6′ wide within a few years.
Even though there were several Hosta cultivars at Lowe’s I didn’t have, I resisted. I had originally picked out a Hosta ‘Wide Brim’, but then decided on this Hosta ‘Whirlwind’. It’s thick, dark variegated leaves won me over and I put the ‘Wide Brim’ back. I put this in the new shade bed I made in 2017.
I found this plant called Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatilis) I had never heard of before. The label says they like full sun, so I thought I would bring one home and give it a try. Ummm. Depending on what the roots look like, I will either plant the whole pot in one place or divide it into four and put them in different locations.
Then I found this AWESOME Kalanchoe orgyalis whos common name is Copper Spoons. Of course, this plant will stay on the plant tables next to the shed.
I really like Kalanchoe and I couldn’t resist this plant… The leaves have a felt-like texture.
I found these Bee Balm called Monarda Super Buzz™ ‘Cherry Pops‘ for the northeast corner bed by the back porch. I had bought a Monarda at one of the local garden clubs plant sales last spring but it didn’t survive. I decided I may put them on the right side of the steps on the north side of the house.
I also bought three more Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’ from Wildwood for the south bed. I tried them there last summer, but the ‘Brocade’ Marigolds and Celosia spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ overwhelmed them (and me, too). I didn’t think any seed from these plants came up from last year, but I am not 100% sure now. When I was getting the bed ready a few days ago I noticed there are plants in the right side of the south bed that have similar leaves. They have no buds yet but they do have leaves like this plant and the species Rudbeckia hirta.
Lowe’s had A LOT of these Salvia farinacea Cathedral™ ‘Blue Bicolor’. I had Salvia farinacea ‘Blue Bedder’ in Mississippi I grew from seed. They always did very well and also reseeded. So, I will put these in the south bed.
Wildwood Greenhouse had several Salvia cultivars but I had to bring three Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ home with me. They will go in the south bed. I love Salvia and it is always good when I find a species I haven’t tried before.
I always liked the Pincushion Flower but hadn’t ever grown any. So, when Lowe’s had several Scabiosa columbaria ‘Blue Note’ (Dwarf Pincushion), I had to bring one home. I am not sure where I will put it yet…
Wildwood also had a few pots of Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida) like I had in Mississippi. They are perennial there but I will have to keep it in a pot so I can bring it inside here. I will put it in the basement where it will go dormant over the winter like I do the Tradescantia sillamontana. We will just have to see. I will no doubt take a few cuttings and experiment a little and put one upstairs to how it does there. They do make good houseplants but they need the proper amount of light or they get weird.
I finally found a Sedum adolphii ‘Firestorm’ at Lowe’s. I already have a Sedum adolphii (which needs some work) I have had for a few years. Now I will see how this one does.
Last in alphabetical order is the always GREAT Sempervivum ‘Oddity’. I lost this plant a couple of years ago (and no, I don’t want to talk about it). I found another one at Wagler’s in 2016, but it didn’t do well. So, now that I have another one… HANDS OFF! 🙂
I think that is it for the new plants for now. Hopefully all will do well and thrive just as I hope you are all doing well and thriving. I will finish working on the pages to these plants now. 🙂 Until next time, take care, stay well, positive, be safe and GET DIRTY!