Newsletter June 2013

Cool Plants

Heuchera_Delta_DawnHeuchera ‘Delta Dawn’

‘Delta Dawn’ has large, round leaves with red centers in the spring and fall; in summer its red veins run like rivers to the sea. The gorgeous gold to lime main leaf color highlights the venation. Strong, vigorous habit. Perfect for a shade container or to add color to a dark area. Delivers the “look” that Heuchera ‘Miracle’ promised.

gunneraGunnera magellanica

Gunnera magellanica, also known as Creeping GUnnera, is the dwarf version of Gunnera tinctoria and Gunnera manicata. The magellanica is a patagonian groundcover. This carpet-forming perennial has got 2-4 inches rounded, toothed leaves, on short creeping stems. It will bear small greenish flowers with reddish bracts.

Salix-Hakuro-NishikiSalix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’

This is an attractive deciduous shrub or small tree. A ‘standard’ root stock it will develop into a small tree that grows to 15’ tall and as wide. If it is sold as a shrub it will eventually get much larger, unless it is severely pruned each year to maintain the star burst appearance. The new growth is white and pink with subtle shades of green. Foliage eventually turns yellow in fall with late leaf drop. The limbs will have a weeping growth habit. During the winter months the new twig growth is brilliant red.

Erynigium 'Big Blue'Eryngium ‘Big Blue’

Eryngium Big Blue doesn’t just have a blue flower. It has a surprisingly iridescent blue flower. With blue stems and silver leaves. WOW! Super easy to grow, it has a long bloom time and unquestionable impulse buy power. It is also a spectacular and long-lasting cut flower. Big Blue is always a big hit at our nursery.

LysimachiapunctataAlexanderLysimachia punctata ‘Alexander’

Worth growing for the foliage alone! L. ‘Alexander’ is a striking new introduction from England having lime green leaves with bright ivory margins. In the spring, the new growth is tinged with pink and as the season progresses the green leaves may lighten up. The yellow, star-like flowers borne in the leaf axils from early to late summer are an added bonus.


Much like pinnata but taller, with dark red seed capsules and a darker general aspect. Be sure to allow plenty of space for all Rodgersias, since they grow slowly but eventually reach an impressive size. This plant is in a class all by itself. It’s deer resistant and actually does very well with wet feet (moist growing connditions). The white flowers add great contrast against this unique bronze leaf.


(25) Silvery foliage of Sea Foam Artemisia in the Xeriscape PlazArtemisia versicolor ‘Sea Foam’

Artemisia versicolor ‘Sea Foam’ is a low growing, mound with thread-like curlicues of silver white foliage. This very drought tolerant perennial is great for the front of hot dry beds and for well drained soils. Its sea foam-like leaves add an interesting texture to the garden and would be great tucked into a rockery.

geumGeum ‘Mrs. Bradshaw’

Also known as Avens, this offers a flash of hot colour for the early summer border. Plants form a low clump of coarse green leaves, with branching stems held above bearing medium-sized rounded flowers. This strain has scarlet orange, semi-double blooms. Remove faded flowers regularly to encourage more buds. Plants may be pruned back hard after blooming, to rejuvenate the foliage. Clumps should be divided every 3 to 4 years in spring or fall. Evergreen.

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