We are having a lovely spring. We have been surprised to discover that although our new nursery is three times bigger than our old one, we have managed to fill up every corner. We just received a container of pottery from China, and we have had to steal a couple of spots in the parking lot because the nursery is so full of plants! The new pottery is beautiful...and of course so are all the plants....
Here are some particularly exciting plants we have in stock right now:
Vriesia hieroglyphica The most astonishing bromeliad in our store right now, this Brazilian native makes a fantastic container plant for partial shade. Place it on a table in the garden for the dry season, then bring it under cover for the winter rainy season, or take it indoors to admire its inscribed leaf patterns up-close. It's also the perfect windowbox plant under eaves. See a picture.
We love a plant that never stops flowering. Cestrum elegans is an excellent tall, flowering shrub for the shade, producing ruby clusters most of the year on dark, velvety, evergreen wands of foliage. Some sun will suit it, too, especially in foggier districts, and few plants grow more quickly there. Set it in rich, moist soil and stand back! Takes well to hard pruning, but it won’t tolerate temperatures much below 28F.
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Bold foliage, exotic blossoms, and easy care: These are what you bring home in this mega-sized South African bulb. "Tangerine" fits the flower color, but the form defies description by a lone adjective. The flowers look like giant orange dandelion seed heads! Grow it in a pot in light shade, or in well-drained, open ground. Whether for foliage alone or flowers, too, it's an exotic statement where winter lows stay above 25 degrees.
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Oxalis 'Sunset Velvet'
So many of you fell in love with this plant when you saw it planted in our nursery that we have been sold out of it for months. We finally have some! Come and get it while it lasts!
This vigorous evergreen groundcover presents an unlikely - and ravishing - combination of chartreuse, pink, gold, bronze, burgundy and lime. In shade, it's predominantly green to chartreuse on red stems, with yellow summer flowers striped in brown. In sun its full palette emerges, while seasons shift the color array. Even better, it is sterile and expands only into well-watered adjacent ground. Freezes set it back, but it returns in spring if temperatures don't dip below around 15F.
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