Monday, September 7, 2009

Welcome new friends ...

The cooler temps last week had me itching to get into the garden and dig in the dirt. I made the rounds to 5 different local nurseries and almost checked everything off my list.

My goal: to fill in gaps in the garden where I have lost plants or where I have had ongoing difficulties, like the part sun, part shade area off the driveway and the woods where there isn't enough sun to make the Lantana happy and the ferns that I planted last year didn't even bother to show up again this Spring.

And I was bound and determined to shift my focus to more xeric plants, so I went in search of agaves, grasses and sedges.
Here you see one of several new Variegated Flax Lilies - Dianella sp. var. Flax Lily
This is a beautiful Squid Agave, Agave bracterosa, with a Dichondra argentea 'Silver Pony'
Some chives to join the thyme in an herb pot.
Agave victoriae-reginae
A beautiful Mangave 'Mucho Macho,' passed along to me by Pam, of Digging. I thought he was so handsome that he needed a pretty pot in which to show off.
Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold'
An Artichoke agave -- Agave parryi v. 'Truncata.'
Firecracker bush, or Bouvardia ternifolia with it's tiny red blooms.
An Agave americana I didn't quite know where to put, so into a pot it went.
Miscanthus sinensis 'Gold Bar'
Some Mexican Oregano spilling out of the pot.
A Pyramid Bush
I tried to get some morning glories going in here, but to no avail. So I broke down and bought a Mandavilla.
Some little Mexican feather grasses. They always look good, no matter how hot it gets.
This is a Crape Myrtle that I've been lusting after for years. It's a 'Dynamite' with deep burgundy blooms and it doesn't get very tall.
Next to the Crape Myrtle is a new Knock Out Rose 'Radrazz.' We'll see how truly deer resistant they are...
And a Pentas and Helenium 'Dakota Gold'--- in a pot for some color.

We're still under Stage 2 water restrictions -- sprinklers only 1 day a week. Hand watering any time. And it was 95 today -- feels much better than 105, but for the plants, it's still darn hot without water. So, I will be spending hours outside about every other day trying to keep things alive with very strategic and efficient hand watering.

Even though it's still pretty hot, mornings are just a tad cooler and the days are a little more tolerable...fall will find us, we just have to be patient!


Jean said...

Boy were you ever busy! I love all the plants you bought, especially that little artichoke agave. I used to have firecracker plant and discovered it survived quite well on total neglect. I think you'll like it as will the hummingbirds!

Carol said...

What pretty new friends you have. I can't have friends like that outside in my garden, but some of those could be houseplants for me.

I hope you get a good soaking rain sometime soon!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Bob said...

I think all the zeriscape type plants are going to be big sellers after this summer, I know I've got a list of them as well. It looks like you made some great choices.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a wonderful haul you have here. I just love that first agave with the white lines and dots. You are ever the optimist what with those hot temps and little rain. Just goes to show that we gardeners just know it is going to get better.

Janet said...

Your new 'friends' are great! I will tell you that the bunnies have eaten my rose bushes to a nub!! Hope the deer leave yours alone.

Pamie G. said...

Love all the plants! Please tell me what I need to get this poor little Agave I purchased weeks ago in Gruene out of his black plastic pot into something nourishing (pot) so I can enjoy it! I have been so busy with other things, and this is my first Agave!! Much to learn, love your blog!

Gail said...

Wonderful new friends Diana~~I hope the xeriscape plants are happy and thrive. It makes sense to go with them, rather then water thirsty plants. Plants here have to take the wet winters and dry summers. It's why I plant cedar glade plants.

I bought a little agave...with red flowers that just keeps on blooming.


Frances said...

Hi Diana, I love all your new additions. I just bought the Carex 'All Gold' here too. Hoping it can withstand some dryness. Love the gold color. Your agaves look great, I like them in pots to protect the innocent! :-)

Pam/Digging said...

You are bold to try a rose in the front garden with the deer. Let us know if they leave that Knock Out alone. Beautiful crepe myrtle. All your new plants are wonderful, and you got some great agaves. BTW the mangave is called 'Macho Mocha.' ;-) It looks happy in its new home.

Just wondering, are your fences around your new plants to protect them from deer or the dogs?

Lancashire rose said...

Wow Diana- you really did go on a shopping spree. I notice that the big box stores are now selling lots of xeriscape plants. They finally got the message. The crepe myrtle looks wonderful and such a gorgeous strong color. Is that out the front with the knockout? The deer would eat both of those in my garden. I have a CM out there and have to put a big fence around it to stop the browsing.

Diana said...

Lancashire Rose -- Well, my Crapes are all very mature, so I will guard this new one. I have a little fence around it, but probably not big enough -- we'll see. I made the rounds at my 5 favorite nurseries and avoided the big boxes this time. Nat. Gardener, It's About Thyme, Great Outdoors, Barton Springs and Pots and Plants. A few things at each one and I almost got everything on my list! Thank goodness for the rain to establish them.

getgrounded said...

Oh, some fun plants there! I'm thinking you had a fun day going to so many nurseries, list in hand. I'm anxious to see how they do for you and perhaps I'll steal a few ideas.