In retrospect I should have saved my post from last Monday for Foliage Follow-up, but I wasn’t thinking. Under the gun I decided to share my new plants from the Cistus Nursery 30% off sale earlier this month.
I’ve flirted with the purchase of Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Ruffles' for a few years now. I finally took the plunge, figuring it would be perfect to plant when the privet comes out next spring.
“Small, gray-green, wavy leaves float above black stems on this delicately textured shrub, possibly reaching 12' in time. Tiny black flowers appear in spring, stunning against the foliage and highly fragrant as well. Best when backed by darker foliage. Site out of wind and close to a path to be admired. Sun to part sun in hottest climes with some summer water. Frost hardy to at least 10 °F, USDA zone 8.”
I also grabbed another libertia, this one Libertia ixioides 'Taupo Blaze'…
It’s looking pretty green right not but the description promises more… “…nearly brick-red infused with cooper-orange with more olive-green tones in summer. Very nice. Leaves are stiff and erect to 18" tall, gradually forming clumps to 1-2 ft. Clusters of 3-petaled, white flowers rise above the foliage in spring and produce attractive yellow-orange seed pods. Sun to part shade in well-drained soil with occasional summer water. Frost hardy to a bit below 10F, just below USDA zone 8. Good in containers and particularly handsome when backlit.”
And an Aucuba himalaica var. dolichophylla, because I loved the extremely subtle yellow spots…
“Sweet shrub to small tree with 5", evergreen leaves, long and narrow and, in this form, particularly prominent cream-yellow spotting over the dark green leaf surface -- just enough to create a texture moment. Useful in otherwise difficult conditions, from the darkest garden corners to places where root competition is severe. These can reach small tree size, but remain within the 8-10' range in the garden, easily kept smaller. Part to full shade serves best in rich soil with summer water for best appearance though some drought is tolerated. Frost hardy to just below 0 °F, upper USDA zone 6.”
And finally I was sent on my way with a gift, a small Cholla, Opuntia imbricata 'Guadalupe'...
“A Cistus introduction, our collection from the Guadalupe Mountains, skirting the Texas-New Mexico border at about 6500 ft. This a particularly rounded, small tree, to about 6 ft tall, with bright green stems and plum colored flowered, abundant in June and producing yellow fruit. Easy and tolerant of many conditions provided decent drainage. Frost hardy to at least -10F, USDA zone 6, probably zone 5.” 6ft tall! Oh my.
For more celebration of the foliage in our gardens visit our host for Foliage Follow-up, Pam at Digging.
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