“Gotta-Get” New Varieties
Here in the South Sound there are enough experienced and educated gardeners to keep the growers on their toes. Lucky for us! When your audience is knowledgeable it ups your game. South Sound gardeners are upping their game too and asking for “something different”. Well, here are a few “different” plants to seek out and request at your local nursery. They will all be locally available and they are all cold hardy in the South Sound.
Veronica ‘Enchanted Indigo” is a perennial with purple spike flowers on a 16” plant that blooms spring to fall. Bees and butterflies love it.
Disporum contoniense ‘Moonlight’ is a fascinating foliage plant from the Netherlands with wavy bright green leaves and a pearl-white center. Lights up a shady garden. Variegation turns purple in the fall. Small yellow flowers last throughout the summer.
Schizophragma elliptifolium ‘MonLaBaHe Blush’ (Red Rhapsody) is from the Dan Hinkley Plant Collection from seed he collected in China. It looks like a climbing hydrangea and does best when trained on trunks of sizable trees, fences or arbors. It likes shade to part shade and grows 10-15 feet. The “red rhapsody” part is the shiny red new foliage. Flowers are large cream-colored bracts.
If you come across this new variety, NOID, don’t pull out your phone to look it up. It just means that the nurseryman has no clue what it is…get it? No ID. (no identification). It took a long time before I figured out this one.
Here’s another crazy gardening acronym (blame all of this on text messaging). ADYD means “another ‘darn’ yellow daisy”. Evidently there are way too many yellow daisies for some gardeners.
Nursery Hopping for New Varieties
Where does a crazed plant buyer go to buy these new varieties? Easy Peasy…
Every year the information-full Specialty Nursery Guide (Western Washington Edition) is released at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show (Feb 11-15) . This is THE guide for more than 60 nurseries in Western Washington, a majority located in the South Sound. Each nursery lists its specialties, its services, hours of operation and how to get there…all in one little booklet.
The most amazing part of the publication is the cost…it’s FREE! If you have never looked at this unassuming little gem you’ve missed out on a tempting list of plant and garden supply buying opportunities. After the release at the NW Flower and Garden Show the publication can be found at any of the nurseries mentioned in the guide. In the meantime, you can look at the website to get an idea about the service the SNG has been providing South Sound gardeners for decades. www.specialtynurseries.org.