A little over a week ago I went to Roger's Gardens, an Orange County nursery, on my second visit in 2 weeks. I usually wander the nursery without a cart first to assess the stock, then cycle back with a cart to pick up my final choices, assuming I can remember all of them. This time, I brought my camera as an aid in my selection process. I snapped photos of things I liked as I went along.
I bought quite a few plants, some of which have already appeared in recent posts. But there were also a lot of plants I passed up (at least for now). Here's what I didn't buy:
|This well-priced agave would work on my back slope but clean-up is needed before I get started with any planting there|
|Angelonia would be nice as a complement to Acanthus mollis 'Summer Beauty' in the side yard but this is a summer-bloomer so it's already past its glory days|
|This Echeveria would look good with the plants surrounding the side yard patio but it was pricey|
|Talk about pricey! This Euphorbia would add height in one of the hanging baskets of succulents in the side yard but I couldn't bring myself to spend $30 for a novelty item.|
|I loved this Gaillardia but I'd already committed myself to Ursinia 'Solar Fire' as the floral accent along the side yard patio|
|For some reason, I'm always attracted to Geum, even though I've had little luck getting any of these to bloom. This one was described as a "wild form."|
|The price on this Gomphrena 'Fireworks' was marked down 30% but it is the end of its season...|
|I've already killed Hibiscus acetosella 'Haight Ashbury' once|
|I was looking for some Lomandra but this variety only came in 1-gallon containers|
|I'm a sucker for pansies but it's too early in the season to plant these - a good Santa Ana wind, like the one that whipped through our area this past weekend, can take out newly planted pansies in no time|
|I'm still thinking about this Penstemon digitalis 'Mystica,' a spring bloomer that develops purplish foliage|
|And this Salvia 'Waverly'|
|Passing up these double-flowered snapdragons, offered in 6-packs, was difficult|
|I was looking for Stachys byzantina but I wanted the 'Big Ears' ('Helen Von Stein') variety and this wasn't that|
I considered several low-growing foliage plants to complement the Coprosma repens 'Plum Hussy" and Ursinia 'Solar Fire' in the new side yard bed. I passed on these:
|Hebe, I don't remember the variety but I liked the foliage and neat shape of this plant|
|Dwarf mondo grass also would have presented a neat appearance under the Coprosma|
|Seslaria caerulea - the blue tones on the reverse of the leaf blades weren't right for my application|
I also steered clear of the Halloween displays, although I was tempted.
|Entrance to the special Halloween display|
|Lots and lots of pumpkins|
Rogers does a good job with decorations but, as we had only 2 trick-or-treaters last year and none the year before, decorating for the holiday is a low priority. And I already have a perfectly nice bat and skeleton.
So, what did I buy?
|Celosia argentea, which I featured as my favorite plant of the week last week|
|Phormium 'Dark Delight'|
|5 Talinum paniculatum 'Limon' (aka Jewels of Opar)!|
|Close-up of the seedpods that form on the Talinum - aren't they pretty against the lime green foliage?|
|5 Carex testacea (aka orange New Zealand sedge)|
|5 Crassula lycopodioides, my choice to accent the Coprosma repens 'Plum Hussey'|
I have a 3-nursery trek scheduled with a friend in less than 2 weeks. I hope I can steer clear of garden centers in the meantime...