Monday, January 21, 2008

Plant Delights? Hmmm, maybe not this year


Heresy, I know. The thing is, I love the catalog; the descriptions are brilliant. But after reading about 36 entries on zone 7 and higher plants, with "maybe zone 6b" speculations, I don’t think this is the catalog for me this spring. My goal now is to install some tall, tough, meadow-ish perennials to mingle with the lilies in the back sun bed, and some shade-loving foliage plants in the front side bed. Containers will have old-fashioned annuals and summer bulbs, while textured ground covers will fill in here and there. And I need more vines.

Plant Delights has plenty of hostas, but I’ve never been too excited about those. They also have a lot of other plants I can’t grow year-round and I already grow tons of annuals. I will order some of their elephant ear (above), which this year I hope to winter over in the plant room (humidifier installed today!).

And here’s the other thing. Must I see the faces of Bush and Cheney on the cover of my plant catalog? I mean, I get it, but this year’s illustration just isn’t humorous enough to compensate. Bluestone, Select Seeds, Brent and Becky’s, and local vendors will supply most of my needs this year.

Having said all this, we will be stopping by the PD nursery and botanic gardens on our way back from the beach in July, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a couple hellebores made the journey back with us.

9 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Now that elephant ear is worthy of a space in your plant room.

jodi said...

You've just mentioned another reason why I don't bother with getting catalogues from sites like PDN, even just to look...I know full well that most of their plants won't cope with our winter. Then of course there's the whole thing about trying to order anything from the US. So I just look at websites and read up on new plants and sigh. But then again, we have things in our cooler climates that those from hot zones can't grow too, don't we. I have great delphiniums, and blue poppies, among other stars.

Jon said...

Really enjoyed visiting your lovely blog. I am swamped with a zillion catalogs also, and am trying to figure out my "must have" orders. Since I have run out of space in my garden, I really shouldn't order a single plant this year! Best regards, Jon on 1-22-08 at http://mississippigarden.blogspot.com

Layanee said...

Oooh, that is a beauty! I hope to find some little thing in that catalog that I have not yet tried. We shall see!

Carol said...

I know what you mean. It seems futile to look through some catalogs which feature plants for warmer climates. Why put ourselves through that torture?

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Frances said...

All that you say is true about Plant Delights, but I placed an order anyway and published it today. We are really outside the zone requirement of most of his plants, in fact of the two things ordered, one has to be brought into the space deprived sunroom/greenhouse. But it's beauty will be worth the effort, I hope.
Frances at Faire Garden

Frances said...

I left out that a post was published about it today. Sorry for that.
Frances

http://fairegarden.blogspot.com/

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I hear you, Elizabeth... and that's why I didn't order from them last year. (Well, that and they have a $35 order minimum, FYI.)

This year, though, I couldn't resist getting a couple of things: 'Hab Gray' sedum, 'Solar Flare' bergenia, and 'Sparkling Burgundy' eucomis.

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