Well, last week I picked up four deciduous azaleas, three blueberries, and eight Carex testacea from Means. The 'Top Hat' blueberries and Carex testacea qualified in my mind as snatching up deals before they were gone, since I had specific uses for all of them, but the azaleas were pure impulse. This week, I fell off the wagon again. A minor fall. Only two plants, this time. But you can start to see a pattern. I should just be more like Peter, the Outlaw Gardener, and accept the reality that I will continue to acquire plants all summer. I will probably keep most things potted in a shady spot, though, unless they're very drought tolerant or they're going to be planted in a moist, shady area. Otherwise, it just takes so long to haul water all over the yard to take care of all the new plantings. I suppose since I already have a dozen or so new plants in front of the house, it would be easy enough to finish planting and water that area with soaker hoses.
This week at Cistus, I found Ballota pseudodictamnus and Artemisia abrotanum 'Silver'. Both plants have silver foliage with a gold cast, making them perfect candidates for the driveway island and along the front of the house. The melding of gold and silver creates a bridge between the cool silvers, greys, and blues and the warm oranges, golds, and olives that make up the majority of the color scheme I'm planning for both areas.
|The golden cast over the whole plant makes it appear to be glowing or lit by a ray of soft evening sunlight.|