How do you know when you are a certified plant nut case?
When this little guy… Makes you jump for joy like you just won the lottery (only better). What is it you ask? Ah come on, I’ve only been carrying on about this plant for months! It is a Schefflera taiwaniana…IN MY GARDEN!!! (Well, okay only setting on my patio but it will be in my garden soon). Just look at those leaves! Image a whole compact little shrub of them!
This foliage follow-up post is dedicated to Mr. Sean Hogan and his incredible nursery, Cistus. If you live anywhere remotely near Portland, Oregon, and haven’t been, what the heck is wrong with you? Get there! If you’re planning to visit Portland then you will need to visit to Cistus, trust me. And if (unfortunately) you can’t possibly make it to Portland, no worries….they ship! Although not a couple of these plants, at least not yet. They are still in propagation. But doesn’t just it make your heart go pitter patter to know that while you’re working in your garden, reading garden blogs, sleeping, the good folks at Cistus are hard at work growing more fabulous plants for YOU!?
So this Foliage Follow-up is all about a few of my “lust list” plants which are now in my hot little hands, via Cistus Nursery. And a few others that had I known about would have been on the lust list too. Fatsia polycarpa ‘Needham’s Lace’ aren’t those leaves just gorgeous? Love it.
Proving not all lust worthy foliage needs to be BIG, is Sophora prostrata 'Little Baby.' Those tiny leaves on golden brown “wiry stems growing in a zigzag fashion” are HOT! More little leaves….but they are black! Pittosporum divaricatum. Another Pittosporum, P. illicioides 'Strappy'…cute huh? This Yucca is a Cistus introduction….Yucca angustissima 'South Side' Look at those fabulous curly filaments! Ok big leaves…. Podophyllum pleianthum (largest form)…is that a glossy sexy leaf or what? And this Mahonia fortunei ‘Curlyque’ is another Cistus introduction. So you want a little color? How about this Cordyline? Hot! So there you have it…several lust worthy foliage follow-up entries direct from Cistus. Are you planning a visit yet?
There is also a lot of Cistus foliage magic to be seen around town, it’s only recently that I’ve began to realize how much of the landscape here in Portland is due to Sean and the talented staff at Cistus. The Portland Chinese Garden (Sean was co-curator and planting designer)…The Hoyt Arboretum (Sean was the director of collections), and countless smaller public and private gardens like the one I recently fell in love with at the Whole 9 Yards. And don’t even get me started about the magic Sean created at the Berkley Botanical Garden in California where he managed the New World, Australia/New Zealand, Africa and California plant collections (see part one of my visit here, part two here) that place is foliage heaven!
And speaking of "foliage heaven" today is Foliage Follow-up on Digging (click the link to visit) and Pam has dedicated her post to Agave lovers like me!