Pink Blueberries, Velvet Leaves and Hot Petals—New Varieties

Mighty Velvet Stachys (Lamb’s Ears):  Some plants have incredible color, others have unforgettable fragrance but this one has neither.  The Mighty Velvet Stachys has a magnetic quality that magically brings hand to leaf.  It’s irresistibly soft, begging you to touch it.  It’s soft and nice and feels like you’re petting a puppy.  Lance-like, silver-colored wooly leaves are deer resistant. Foliage holds up well in rain … Continue reading Pink Blueberries, Velvet Leaves and Hot Petals—New Varieties

New Variety—Shasta Daisy

                        A daisy is a daisy is a daisy.  But now we have three plain ‘ole daisies that have been dressed up to become fancy plants.  The ‘Real’ collection has three different cultivars.  ‘Real Charmer’ has fringed central petals, ‘Real Galaxy’ has many layers of fine fringed pure white petals and ‘Real Glory’ has … Continue reading New Variety—Shasta Daisy

New Variety—Echibeckia

  I recently attended the Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon, which is one of the leading nursery and greenhouse industry trade shows in the United States.  I really enjoyed the informational seminars on plants diseases, pests in the greenhouse and the great debate over neonicotinoids.  Another one of my favorite stops wqs the New Varieties Showcase which featured the the latest and greatest plants arriving … Continue reading New Variety—Echibeckia

New Perennials for 2015

I came across these new perennials in an online publication this week.  I’m really interested in the new digiplexis which is supposed to be more winter hardy than the first flashy one, Illumination Flame.  Echibeckia is quite stunning, and who doesn’t like a name like that?  It just rolls off the tongue and is fun to say.  It’s a cross between two daisy-like flowers, echinacea … Continue reading New Perennials for 2015

Portland Rose Garden

I captured this short 8 second video at the Portland, Oregon Rose garden this month.  It’s so fleeting, but it captures the sweetness of summer and the beauty of this floriferous climbing rose, Super Dorothy Perkins.  I don’t know who the running girl is, but who wouldn’t want to skip carefree through this place?  I love the way this rose hangs down, like wisteria or … Continue reading Portland Rose Garden