Last July when Andrew and I visited the Oregon Garden we drove right by Sebright Gardens. I really wanted to stop, but (1) There wasn’t time and (2) It was July, not the best time to buy a hosta! So when a friend suggested a visit in early September I jumped at the opportunity.
Blooming Caesalpinia gilliesii! (I hope mine blooms next year)
As luck would have it we ran into Thomas (one of the owners) who gave us a little behind the scenes tour. Have you ever seen so many hostas? And this was just a tiny part of what we saw!
Before we visited the sales area we had to wander through the display garden.
I wish I would have asked about the tree fern! How long has it been there? How do they protect it in the winter…
This scene gave me pause. If you look close that’s my beloved Clematis tibetana var. vernayi and it’s gotten a bit out of hand!
Those beautiful leaves belong to Quercus dentata ‘Pinnatifida’...
My current biggest plant crush.
Oh how I wish I could have bought this very one! (no, I don’t know how I’d get it home)
Okay, time to shop!
It wasn’t all hosta though, there were ferns…
Including this cute Maidenhair Spleenwort (Asplenium trichomanes).
But the main draw is, of course, the hostas, no matter how ridiculous their names!
It figures ‘Andrew’ would be one of the expensive ones…
I’m usually pretty good at staying on task, but seriously…I was starting to get overwhelmed. I just needed two or three plants to replace a couple of older hostas I just didn’t love now that the hydrangea is gone and they’re more exposed.
Here’s what I’d come up with at this point. The two toned green leaves at the top belong to ‘Whirlwind’ – “Medium- Heavily textured, slightly twisted, very dark olive green leaves w/ white aging to lime green centers.” (all descriptions from Sebright) I wasn’t buying the white thing until I looked up this image.
The bright chartreuse leaves belong to ‘Little Sunspot’ – “Small- Thick, cupped bright gold leaves w/ irregular dark green margins & transitional streaking; Exceptional!” And finally on the right is ‘June.’ I fell for a sexy hosta at Wind Dancer last May, several commenters thought it was ‘June’ – thus when I saw it, I grabbed it. I hope this one grows up to be as remarkable. “Medium- Oh so pretty gold centers w/ blue margins & streaking; Excellent substance, truly outstanding! A Best!”
So that was three plants. But when I saw ‘Lakeside Cupcake’ I knew those thick quilted blue leaves (accented with that creamy center!) would look fabulous with my other blue-leaved hostas.
So let’s see that’s four hosta…and look! Two ferns also jumped in my cart… Pteris cretica 'Albo lineata' (White Striped Cretan) on the bottom shelf and that Phlebodium pseudoaureum (Blue Rabbit’s Foot Fern) was a steal.
You’d think I was done right? But then we wandered through an adjacent area and I started swooning over others…
I’m not a fan of the bright yellow/green leaf color; otherwise I would have bought ‘Jimmy Crack Corn’ just to say that name as many times as possible.
Love the color variation on the sides…
After that little side jaunt I added ‘Dust Devil’ to my collection. A picture? No, sorry, didn’t take one and it’s raining too hard for me to go outside right now. Here’s the description “Large. Heavy textured, moderately wavy, dark green leaves w/ wide creamy yellow margins.”
So that’s how I came to buy 5 hostas (and 2 ferns, which are actually on marginally hardy side) when I only intended to buy 2 hosta. I am hoping by buying and planting the hostas now (rather than in the spring) they’ll be bigger and healthier come next year. How forward thinking of me! BTW if you’re in the area and thinking you might want to stop by Sebright do so soon and save 10%! (details here).
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