Yesterday I shared the bloom-spike evolution of my Nolina microcarpa, which got me to thinking about the other Nolina in my garden. May I present Nolina ‘La Siberica’
My first Nolina 'La Siberica' sighting was at a fabric store here in Portland, the Whole 9 Yards. I was awe-struck and begged for the name. They couldn't tell me what it was but they did know Cistus had done the garden design, and that's all I needed to know! It was about a month later that I'd purchased this plant...
Then I added a second...
And a third.
Although this one is being eaten by the monster Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) which I really need to limb-up so it looks like the tree it will be rather than an amorphous blob.
It's also a fav, I mean just look at those HUGE leaves!
I do wish I knew why some of the new growth has done this. It doesn't look happy does it?
I shared a photo of my Sonchus canariensis last week, but since it's blooming it's dandelion flowers I thought I'd include it again here.
The foliage is why I love this plant.
But it never ceases to make me laugh when it blooms. I mean really, I'm coddling a giant dandelion in a container because it's not hardy here in Portland.
Just imagine if it were hardy here!
I bought this Nothopanax/Metapanax delavayi as a sickly little stick at a Cistus Nursery Tough Love Sale back in 2010. Since then it's truly become a garden star...
Doing it's part to block the offensive bi-colored garage...
And sharing it's striking foliage. (Special note to "pseudopanax ferox" if you're reading this post...I have seeds after all! I have no way to contact you but have been saving them hoping you'd comment. Please email me at: spiky plants at gmail dot com).
Okay just one more fav...Schefflera delavayi.
I recently looked back at a post from 2013, when this was newly planted, and realized how much it's grown. But that's not why it's a fav right now...nope, it's the new foliage. My other Scheffleras (S. brevipedunculata and S. taiwaniana) have new foliage that's sort of silver-green. I love the tea-stained look of this new growth most of all.
Since I've been an incomplete blogger and not included info on each fav as I've shared it here's a wrap-up, in case you're curious:
Nolina 'La Siberica': evergreen grass-like perennial hardy in Zones 7 - 11. Likes sun and a little water. Eventually reaches 6 ft tall.
Eriobotrya japonica: evergreen tree hardy in Zones 7 - 10. Likes sun to partial shade and a little water, moderately drought tolerant when established and requires good drainage. Eventually reaches 20-25ft tall, 8-15 ft wide.
Sonchus canariensis: evergreen shrub in climates where it's hardy in the ground (Zones 9 - 11) eventually reaching 8 - 11 ft tall and 2 - 3 ft wide. Likes sun and is drought tolerant.
Metapanax delavayi: evergreen shrub/small tree in Zones 7 - 9, eventually reaching 15 ft tall. Likes sun and requires even moisture.
Schefflera delavayi: evergreen shrub in Zones 7 - 11, eventually reaching 8 ft tall. Likes part shade and requires even moisture in will draining soil.
So...anything worthy of the "fav" designation in your April garden? Please tell us about it!
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