Thursday, May 28, 2015

One more Spokane nursery visit: Tower Perennial Gardens


I've been here before, but this is the summeriest I've ever seen it.

This patch of Artemisia ludoviciana 'Valerie Finnis' reminded me that mine, at that time, was MIA. Since then it has started to return, although it's not nearly as grand as this.

I'm pretty sure I photographed these same Agaves last time I was here...

Increasing shade has taken its toll and my Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ didn't bloom this year. I guess better start scouting for places to move it.

Seeing these rocks, under the Spokane sun, takes me back to the area that I grew up. Dry piles of basalt. Definitely not the "lush green" many people picture when they think of Washington state!

Macleaya cordata, Plume Poppy

More cactus!

And there's always room for a Verbascum.

Another one of those well placed empty containers.

I really need to give my Rodgersia more room to spread.

Okay, let's look at the plants for sale...

First I must go to the greenhouse at the end, and work my way back.

Quercus dentata 'C.F. Miller'

Weigela 'Spilled Wine'

Back outside...

Labeled as Agave schottii, but with a question mark.

Into the shade house...

For me the appeal of a Hosta is in it's big leaves, I don't understand the thin leaved ones like this H. 'Praying Hands'.

Oenothera longifolia 'Lemon Sunset' concludes our visit (and yes, I left without buying a thing!).

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22 comments:

  1. Seeing all those spikies had me thinking that you did bring home something from there :) no purchases but nice to have some nostalgia from some of the things you've seen.

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    1. Truth be told I was starting to get a little worried about fitting everything in my bag. Bargain plants are no longer bargains when you have to pay $25 to get them home!

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  2. Great selection of cool plants. Another PNW nursery that has got us beat :-)

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    1. This one is pretty amazing, and in Spokane! I wish I'd visited when I lived there.

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  3. Every Washington nursery that's not in the center of a city has such a wonderful view -- those surroundings make it so special!

    I know what you mean about hosta 'Praying Hands' -- I don't get it.

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  4. Looks like a fun selection of plants. I haven't been to Spokane for years. I like the idea of a crevice garden : )

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    1. I wrote a story on crevice garden's for our local nursery association, it was fun to learn about them.

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  5. Another fun nursery on the dry side of the mountain. I bet those agaves and cacti love the heat over there!

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    1. All that rock and on a south facing slope, cactus heaven!

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  6. AnonymousMay 28, 2015

    What growing zone is this?

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    1. Some areas are 6, some are 5. Since this location is a little out of town I'd bet it's a 5.

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  7. It looks like a nice nursery, there are so many around you, it must be really fun to visit so many of them.

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    1. Fun doesn't even begin to describe it!

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  8. I've fallen in love with that Euphorbia 'Fireglow.'

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  9. I really do understand your desire for huge hosta leaves, but I have a few of the narrow-leaf types, which do look really cool as shape contrast when mixed in with the others. And their names! I couldn't resist...dragon tails, hacksaw, etc...

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    1. Okay those names are pretty fab, don't you need a 'Praying Hands' in there too?

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  10. Spokane looks more interesting with every post. We have only driven through...but next time...

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  11. When I saw "perennial gardens" in the name, I went "not another one". I should have known it would be great, and it is...like shades of the Denver Botanic Garden and the potted agaves of your garden.

    In a way, the towering fir (?) trees behind the cholla, or the crevice garden, really remind me of something in-between your area and the hills south of Denver. Guess I shouldn't write off Spokane for some future trip...

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    1. I think you'd really enjoy a visit to Spokane, amazing scenery around the area too, lots of places to get out and see.

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