(Photos are from various nurseries and propagators)
WE're back to winter here in the beautiful upper Bay of Fundy, which suits me just fine; I'd rather have winter now, not in May! I can sit here happily, reading catalogues (mostly online) and watching birds through the window, and making plans for more new plants (when don't we need new plants?) Here are a few more I'm going to be on the lookout for, starting with a dandy primula, 'Green Lace'. Isn't it splendid? Well, maybe you have to be a fan of primulas AND a fan of green-flowered plants, and of course I'm firmly in both of those camps. I plan to add a number of new primulas this spring, as they do quite well here and they're just such fun plants.
This cultivar of delphinium, 'Delft Blue', has been around for several years, but I've not seen it locally. It IS available in a certain Canadian catalogue that I refuse to mention by name, having long since given up on this company for all but its seeds; I won't be ordering any of their overpriced and undersized plants any time soon. At any rate, I'm hoping to find it somewhere in my travels other than from that PEI company. If you know who I mean....;-)
WE already know I'm quite dotty about eryngiums, so it will come as no surprise that 'Amazing Jackpot' is on my list of plants I can't possibly live without. There's a similar new one, 'Paradise Jackpot' that is also appealling, though I can't really tell a lot of difference between the two from only a photo and scant description. Both are very floriferous and have tightly packed heads of brilliant blue bracts and florets. Sea hollies are always a good choice for a pollinator garden or for growing near coast areas, as they're salt AND drought tolerant. And they're blue, too.
Well, look at this! It's Bergenia 'Solar Flare', and our friend the Blackswamp Girl (Kim), is also quite enchanted by it. I actually have to move my bergenia, because where they are, they just don't get enough sunlight, and sometimes don't bother to flower. So they'll be relocated come spring, and hopefully I can tuck this unique cultivar in to set the others off.
Like Mr. McGregor's Daughter, I'm quite smitten with Campanula 'Blue Eyed Blonde'. She asked, "do I need another campanula?" and I asked myself the same question: the answer was promptly "You bet!" Especially one with gold foliage like this! I love the peachleafed bellflowers at the best of times, being easy to grow, requiring little fuss, and reblooming when I remember to shear them back, and this also reminds me of Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate'..
This is a new foxglove, 'Candy Mountain', which is getting quite a bit of attention because its florets face upwards. Foxgloves are also dandy pollinator plants, and hummingbirds adore them, which is why I encourage them to selfseed all around our garden, and add new plants each year just to make sure we have lots.
Speaking of delphiniums, here's a perfect candidate for my 'CHOCOLATE AND WINE" garden, Delphinium 'Chocolate'. According to White Flower Farm, where I found the best information,
It's a border Delphinium in the traditional style of well-packed flowers on tall stems, but each floret varies in color and patterning. Shades range from dark bitter chocolate to milk chocolate and light cocoa to white chocolate (sometimes including a pale pink wash) with contrasting veins and stipples. The hairy "bee" in the center of the bloom may be brown or white.
Delphinium do well for me here because it's cool in the summer, although I do have to stake some of them because of the wind. I wish I had access to the good people at Chocolate Flower Farm, because then I could REALLY develop my chocolate and wine garden! But I use their plant list as inspiration for my garden, as chocolate isn't just a food group, it's a great colour for plants.
I'm planning a post on more Goldberg Variations, this time focusing on gold-foliaged plants rather than yellow or gold flowers. I LOVE the way gold foliage lights up a garden, especially in a shady spot, and this lobelia, 'Golden Torch', looks like a must-have plant for my pollinator patches. Lobelia is a hummingbird magnet in our garden, and tends to come on later in the summer (probably because it's cool), making it a good plant for those birds that tarry a bit longer before winging their way to warmer winter climates.