Checking out our plants in the outside world
Shooting Star Garden Tour 2015! Our friend Tracy suggested we go on a tour of some gardens that she and her company- Sage Hill Landscape had designed and installed using some of our plants. We thought that sounded like a great idea! We don't get out much and it would be such a good learning opportunity to see how our plants were doing outside of their little nursery environment. As well as what plants were winning the fight against deer, heavy clay soils, drought, and a hot summer. First off, we were all stunned by this Chilopsis 'Bubba' pictured behind Erik. It was huge and covered in burgundy flowers. In the foreground are Salvia 'Caradonna' and Stachys byzantina (or Lambs Ear).
First off, let's say what a great job our designer, Bonni Criswell, did on this landscape design. We were truly impressed with the beautiful combos and textures she created of silvers, blues, purples, and whites. This client is nearby the nursery on Old Stage Road and the garden was planted in April of 2014. So this was it's second summer when we visited and it looked filled in and thriving. The client needed drought tolerant, deer resistant, and all season interest plants and Bonni delivered.
Dwarf conifers were requested by this client so this combo includes a Papoose Sitka Spruce, Nepeta 'Walker's Low' and the ornamental grass Panicum 'Northwind'.
More fun combos! On the left: Panicum 'Northwind' with Agastache 'Heatwave' and Salvia 'Heatwave Glimmer'.
On the right: Salvia 'Caradonna' (purple blooms) and Feijoa sellowiana (Pineapple Guava) with Picea Globosa, and Salvia x 'Heatwave Glimmer' (creamy white blooms). Evergreen textures mingle with early summer and late summer blooming perennials so you'll never be bored.