Prime planting season is upon us in the milder climates, and we always celebrate with a sale. We have the nursery overflowing with plants and everything will go for 30% off.
Date: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 28-30, 2012
Time: 9:30 to 5:00
Place: Colvos Creek Nursery (at Country Store), 20211 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon Island. Phone 206.749.9508 / colvoscreeknursery.com.
Among the must-haves:
Alpine bush mint (Prostranthera cuneata), an Australian evergreen making a low, wide mound of tiny, deep green leaves redolent of mint and eucalyptus. White flowers tinted lilac decorate it in June. The severe cold of 2010 left it untouched.
Penstemon heterophyllus from California is a neat evergreen shrublet with narrow leaves and spikes of electric blue flowers in late spring. Add a bunch of these to a dry border or rockery and turn some heads.
Mantilija poppy (Romneya coulteri), one of California’s well know treasures, yet hard to find. We have lots, so now you can plant one (or more) and enjoy the spectacle of its huge, crinkly white poppies.
Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) has possibly the best smelling flowers anywhere, and they open in mid-winter. Small ivory bells waft a clear perfume of fruit and spice into the chilly air from the bare branches of a 6-8 ft. shrub.
Corokia cotoneaster is the best of several New Zealand shrubs noted for their tangled wiry branches. The silvered black filagree is scantily clad in tiny, round leaves. Little yellow stars and orange berries are seasonal accessories.
Hydrangea heteromala makes a tree to 15 ft. tall, its arching branches crowned with broad, lacy flower clusters that age from cream to salmon rose as the leaves color purple.
Lewisias are choice and scarce rock-garden gems, native to dry mountains and plains of the far west. Our ‘Sunset’ hybrids are easy to grow in well drained part-shade. Each rosette of succulent leaves it topped for many weeks by clusters of inch-wide flowers in shades of pink, rose, salmon, orange, red and white.
Our alpine strawberries are loaded with flowers and ripe fruit-they often carry them until Thanksgiving. These will look fetching as soon as you plant them. They are OK in sun but best in part shade.
Grasses are still hot (and well worth planting whether fashionable or not). We have a good assortment of sizes and colors. Blue love grass (Eragrostis elliottii) from the Southwest if a current favorite, unbeatable for it flowing airiness. A whole slope covered in it is stunning.
We can’t stop loving the silverleaf oak (Quercus hypoleucoides). This southwestern evergreen tree is gorgeous when the wind lifts its skirts to show the white felted undersides of its narrow leaves. Drought-tolerant and hardy to zero, this beauty deserves a wider audience.
Come see these and their hundreds of companions at the sale, and enjoy refreshments while you check them out.