Just so everyone knows how much cashola gets spent on plants at Faire Garden, yikes this may get to be embarrassing, maybe just the mail order plants, still could get me in trouble though, here is the latest online purchase. Trying to show restraint, two items were selected. They can be justified too, really.
Item number one is another abutilon. Having given up trying to over winter these outside, it seems smart to order another, more exotic cultivar than what we are growing presently in the sunroom/greenhouse. The flowers are spirited and have been blooming since the plant was brought inside in October. The name of this one is unknown, but the color is lovely.
How about the color on this baby, abutilon ‘Fool’s Gold’! The description states its hardiness as zones 8-10, but that doesn’t matter here since it will have a winter vacation inside. I love the long stamen and the flower shape seems to be different than the one we have now.
(photo from PDN catalog)
This is canna ‘Pink Sunset’. It is a dwarf canna and although late to emerge in the spring has been in the garden for five years. A lot of digging has been done around its growing area with constant pond renovations. We hope to be done with that, for now anyway, so there can be some spreading of this beautiful cultivar. It has pink flowers that are nice, but it is grown for the stunning foliage.
Knocking our socks off is this second and final, for this order, selection, canna ‘Phaison’ (Tropicanna).
Listed as zones 7b-10, we are just a bit north of that, it tops out at a whopping 84 inches tall. A sunny moist area is in mind for its location. At the bottom of our slope, where the house blocks the downward flow of water out to the street, is the most moisture retentive soil we have. The back of the house faces south giving a warmer microclimate to those plants that benefit from the extra protection. It is exciting to think of these two new additions to our plant inventory. Of course we don’t need any more plants, need is not the key term here. In the past things have been ordered and purchased from nurseries at a pretty good clip. Some of these were poor choices. The new canna and abutilon will earn their keep, it is hoped, with flowers and foliage that delight.
(Photo from PDN catalog)