New Plants!

Had a fantastic day today – Visited a friend’s nursery* and wow. It may be a small (tiny) nursery compared to where I work be there was just so much that was so exciting and generally just all around different from what I’m used to seeing day to day that I may have gotten carried away.

* When I started out and only really knew that there were annuals and perennials and one of them came back and the other didn’t he was my… not exactly supervisor but basically. I’d say I can blame my love of plants on him so it’s only fitting I can count on him to carry plants that can still excite me even though I’m surrounded by thousands of interesting plants on a daily basis.

My goal was to find, and purchase, maybe 3 blanket flowers of some sort, one of the compact varieties like ‘Arizona Sun.’

Here was the first thing I found that I needed to have:

Arum cornutum

Arum cornutum

Arum cornutum
Arum cornutum

I had to have this. Now I have one. I never would have expected to just stumble on it like I did. So happy. He also had a very exotic looking Arisaema I’d have gotten (if the Arum hadn’t been there). Maybe next year.

The next plant I needed with no questions asked was this stunning Euphorbia ‘First Blush’ that I will underplant with Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco.’

Euphorbia 'First Blush'
Euphorbia ‘First Blush’

Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco'
Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’

I also ended up with a Hosta ‘Frosted Mouse Ears,’ Tiarella ‘Happy Trails,’ and two Echeveria (It’s not my fault, they were on sale!).

Hosta 'Frosted Mouse Ears'
Hosta ‘Frosted Mouse Ears’

Tiarella 'Happy Trails'
Tiarella ‘Happy Trails’ – I’m counting on this for a terrible dry shady corner where nothing else will grow.

Echeveria cv.

Echeveria cv.

And if you’re wondering, no. No blanket flowers came home with me. I have terrible luck with them anyway and at best make it 2-3 years for me I do love them though and they perfectly pick up the yellows and reds in my Opuntia (which is also flowering right now) but really I can get them anytime. Not so much with Arum cornutum & Euphorbia ‘First Blush.’

I even get tomorrow off to plant everything. I wonder where it’ll all go…


About Andrew

Plant lover living in Toronto, Canada where I grow a wide range of plants in a very small space.
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7 Responses to New Plants!

  1. Wow you did very very well! Seeing your new Arum makes me a little sad. Mine died last winter after 3 lovely years together (sniff). I will be curious to hear how the color holds up your Tiarella 'Happy Trails' – I've got one that is a very brash gold this year. As opposed to the charming chartreuse-ish green it was when it came home with me. I've no clue if this is normal or something that I've caused.

  2. Andrew says:

    This is a fairly dark green with a darker center. I imagine that there will be more green/less black just based on how dark and horrible this corner is. I'm just hoping to have green there – for as squashed in as everything is in my garden I've yet to get anything to live in this corner. I'll try adding a ton of mulch in there as well to give it a little more of a chance.I was also very tempted by Heucherella 'Golden Zebra' or 'Sweet Tea' but the long runners of this Tiarella sold me. If there's actually enough light for them to bloom then I look forward to seeing it en masse (something I don't really have room for anywhere else in my garden where the clumping Heucherellas might be more appropriate).Did you grow your Arum in the ground? I hate losing plants I've had for a long time. New plants that don't make it after their first winter can be tough as it is but after three years…

  3. Wonderful purchases. Happy Trails looks very interesting, hope it grows well in that shady, dry corner.

  4. Water Roots says:

    Wow, great choices. I especially like the Arum cornutum, the Euphorbia 'First Blush' and the Tiarella 'Happy Trails'; very cool plants. There's always room for one more, eh?

  5. Wow, I need to know where this nursery is(I hope it is someplace that I can get to with TTC), annoying not owning a car when you are looking for interesting plants.

  6. You got very nice plants! Tiarella for a dry shady corner? I have such corners! Hosta and succulents are always on my list. Nice photographs too, especially those of succulents.

  7. Ginny says:

    Hope you'll post about the Happy Trails and how it works in your dry, shady corner. I'm looking for plants for just those conditions under a large chestnut oak tree.

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