Thursday, November 17, 2011
I’ve got a crush on John!
I came back from the desert with a serious crush on the Dwarf Callistemon ‘Little John’… Naturally since it’s only hardy to 20-25 degrees! From the San Marcos Growers website: “An evergreen small shrub that forms a 3 feet high and 3 feet wide rounded mound with narrow 3 inch long bluish gray-green leaves and flowers of blood red bristle stamens that appear throughout the year, but peak bloom time is early summer through fall” The pictures above were from Elgin Nursery in Phoenix, below are from a Home Depot in Tucson. Yes! I stopped at a Home Depot; I was curious what a big box store in the desert would have to offer… report forthcoming. There were several Little John’s newly planted in my brothers next door neighbors front yard, but I was so busy taking pictures of his garden I forgot to take any of theirs. What is so striking to me about this Callistemon is how bushy and lush it is. I think it combines some of the best foliage qualities of a Euphorbia with the fun blooms of a Callistemon. If I lived somewhere that would allow it I would love to put a few of these in the ground around several large Agaves. Wouldn’t that look great?