Plant Delights Order

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)



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11 Responses to Plant Delights Order

  1. chickenpoet says:

    Every one of those plants look to be worth every penny!! Do you think Evergreen will have those? The Canna’s and the Fool’s Gold are brilliant. And maybe I missed it, but what is “PDN”.

    Much Love.

  2. Frances says:

    chickenpoet…PDN is Plant Delights Nursery. Evergreen should have some kind of cannas and possibly abutilon, which has to come inside in winter.

  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    AAAaaaahhh, wonderful color. I am beginning to feel a little color deprevation. These photos help a bit.

    We tore out some big bushes in a front garden last year in late summer and before we knew it a canna popped up. The poor thing was over run by bushes. It wasn’t even peeking out of the ground before the bushes were excavated. I didn’t even remember having one there so it must have survived several years in the ground without making itself known. It even bloomed before winter. I wonder if it will survive this awful cold spell we are having. I didn’t dig it up to try to save it since it was doing alright by itself. I don’t know what variety it is but it has big reddish leaves and a dark orange/red bloom. I had forgotten about it until I read your post. It will be fun to see if it survives, again.

  4. Frances says:

    lisa…yes color feels good right now, doesn’t it? I was wondering if cannas survive up north, but they must, if yours is still alive even with bushes on top. Good for you, or good for the canna, it should be said. They give some tropical atmosphere in any style garden.

  5. chuck b. says:

    Insofar as plants are concerned, let us hope we never learn to separate our needs from our wants.

    J’adore the Abutilon ‘Fool’s Gold’. Verrry nice.

  6. Frances says:

    chuck b…Some impulses can not be denied, such as plant purchases. I can’t wait to see that abutilon in person.

  7. jodi says:

    I have only one thing to say…



    Especially ‘Fool’s Gold’. Delicieux.

  8. Frances says:

    Jodi…There are so many mouth watering plants in that catalog, one does want them all! There are high expectations for ‘Fool’s Gold’.

  9. Mr. McGregor's Daughter says:

    You know, Frances, that it is more economical to order more plants per order because the shipping costs per plant then become less. Enabling, enabling, enabling… :^)

  10. Frances says:

    MMD…My better half used to say after I would come home from shopping, ‘How much did you save me today?’. Buying more still costs more, even with the savings on shipping, I came to learn. This is an incentive to only order once, from this outfit anyway. Thanks for enabling, er helping!;->

  11. Sherry says:

    Panic mode – must shop on-line for seeds and plants – RIGHT NOW! I want them all, I want them all!

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