November/December 2005
Newsletter
Photo: Our new greenhouse under construction
Starting in August 2005 we will be keeping back issues of the newsletter online.
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Holiday Schedule
We will be closed the following days:
November 24th and 25th
December 19th through Jan 2nd.
We will be open again on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006.  
Please note: During the winter we are only open 8:00 - 4:00 Monday-Friday
Bush Germander
Teucrium fruticans ‘Azureum’

Here is another great plant for fall and winter.  It has
beautiful silver foliage and electric blue flowers.  This
shrub for sun takes shearing well and gives you color all
year, especially winter.  Unpruned, it can reach 4’ tall
or higher.
Cyclamen
Red Cyclamen are still in good supply.
More Winter Color
Primulas are available in 4” and 1g.  We have the low growing
Danova series and the taller Pacific Giants series.  Both of
these will bloom all fall and winter in full sun.  Keep them
fertilized and deadheaded
Candytuft

One of the whitest flowers you can find is Iberis ‘Alexander’s
White’.
 This low growing perennial is tough, drought tolerant and
easy to care for.  It blooms in winter, a time of year when few other
things do.  We have good quantities available now.
Salvia ‘Annie’ Blooming Now
We grow several hybrids of Salvia greggii or Autumn Sage. ‘Annie’
is a new one for us. The flowers are a rich coral-pink with a touch of
white in the throat. Salvia greggii is resistant to drought and deer.
Grow in sun or light shade. 2’x 2’.
Blue Potato Vine

Everyone’s familiar with the white potato vine, but a
little less common is
Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’.  
This shrubby vine blooms and looks great in winter
unlike the white one.  It has clusters of purple-blue
flowers with perfectly contrasting yellow stamens.  
Grow in semi-shade.
Nemesias
A good source of fall flowers is Nemesia.  There have been sensational developments in this genus
recently.  The
Sunsatia series has blended the sunset colors of annual nemesias with the longevity of
perennial nemesias.  The best of this series are:
Sunsatia Peach:
Peachy-yellow, pink and white.
Sunsatia Mango:
Similar to ‘Peach’, but with more
yellow and less pink.
Sunsatia Raspberry:
Deep raspberry-pink with yellow
centers.
These are the sturdiest of the Sunsatia  group
with yummy colors and bushy habit.  There is
also the incredibly popular
Bluebird.  This
variety is long blooming and has a great
blue-purple flower.  All nemesias need good
drainage and full sun.  Excellent in pots.
Bergenia ‘Red Beauty’
It seems that many people have strong feelings about various
plants based on how they feel about their grandmothers. “Oh, I
love (or hate!) that plant!”, they say. “My Grandma had it in her
garden!”
Bergenia is a classic grandma plant.  Its fleshy, bright
green, shiny leaves add a bold texture to a shady flowerbed
with ferns and hellebores.
‘Red Beauty’ has deep rosy-red
flowers and a reddish tint to its leaves in winter. It tolerates a
wide variety of soils and poor drainage. It is perfect for an old-
fashioned garden or a bold modern design. But how did it get
the common name
Pigsqueak?  Rubbing two leaves together
makes a funny little squeaking sound.
Long Lived Daisy

You may have had the experience of planting
marguerite daisies and finding they decline
after three years or so.  A similar plant that has
a longer lifespan is
Euryops pectinatus viridis.  
These sunny yellow daisy shrubs are quite
common but with good reason.  They are sturdy
and long-lived and they bloom in the winter.
We also have two new varieties of Euryops:  

Euryops virgineus, Honey Euryops, with masses
of tiny yellow flowers and bushy habit.
Euryops ‘Purfled’, Variegated Euryops, with
yellow daisy flowers and attractive white-edged
leaves. We’re not sure how big it gets but the
published height of 12 inches seems a little
short.  Let us know what your experience is.  
The name comes from the term “purfle” which
means to decorate a border.  It is often used
when referring to the decorations around the
sound hole of a guitar or mandolin.  It is
pronounced like “purpled” except with an “f.”  
We have a small crop of 5 gallons now.
Winter Foliage
One way to get color in the winter is to depend on foliage instead of flowers.  Some possibilities are:

Helichrysum petiolare – There are three forms of this vigorous perennial for semi-shade.  The plain
form is solid gray,
Limelight is a creamy chartreuse and Variegatum has a creamy variegation.  These
are great fillers for beds and pots.
We love our Fancy Leaf Pelargoniums.  They give
so much color, even when they are not blooming.  
They can be grown indoors or out.  One trick is to
grow them in shade.  The leaves tend to be smaller
and cupped in too much sun.  With less light they
grow big and flat and show off their kaleidoscope
leaves.  Try them in pots. Click
here for a link to a
page naming all the varieties we grow.
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