PO Box 2458, Tijeras NM 87059

Mountain Gardens--finding success with plants for the high desert and East Mountains of New Mexico

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Offerings

Everybody been pouring over the catalogs? Yeah--us too. All the new selections, the trial winners--old favorites we can't live without. Here at the nursery, we've been ordering and planting practically since we closed for the season last fall. Here are some of our new offerings for the spring.

 We've added more Plant Select material this year since many of their plants are great matches for our tough growing conditions. We'll have Kintzley's Ghost honeysuckle, Kannah Creek buckwheat, Sunset foxglove, Lavender Mist sun daisy (a perennial osteospermum), Denver Daisy rudbeckia, Bridges and Shadow Mountain penstemons, Coronado Red and Sonoran Sunset agastaches, and Turkish Veronica. In coming blogs we'll talk about why we're excited about these selections.

We'll still have Plant Select favorites that we've been carrying like Sea Foam artemesia (pictured) and Partridge feather that are so tough, xeric and yet so beautiful. We should have plenty of Sunset hyssop, Orange Carpet Hummingbird Trumpet (z. garettii), Pike's Peak Purple penstemon, and Coral Canyon diascia--all favorites that we sold out of last year.

We'll have more natives this year, both annual and perennials like mountain meadow penstemon, blue dicks, monarda fistulosa, baptisia, prince's plume, California bluebells, Fender's sundrops, western wallflower, western spiderwort, and several milkweeds. Some of these are very limited, so first come...

We'll have a different veronica spicata, Sightseeing, a mixed blend of blue, pink, white and purple. We're also starting an armeria--Morning Star Deep Rose. It looks like we'll have a good number of Love-Lies-Bleeding, as well as the common amaranth that we carry for the birds. We're trying a white verbascum that is supposed to be a true perennial--Flush of White--also supposed to flower the first year from seed.

For tropical lovers, we'll have starts of the stapelia above, and some other odds & ends that are crowding the greenhouse.

Things are looking good in the greenhouses (well, number 5 got visited by a local bull, and we won't know what survived until spring!). We're hoping to finish the winter with a more normal range of temperatures than last winter. The deep snow actually acts as insulation. Several things have ventured a flower or two--the Cerise Queen achillea, the diascia (this plant likes it cold!), a pink chrysantheum--in the unheated houses. 

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