Mobile Botanical Gardens' Plantasia spring plant sale is going on this week (through Sunday). We decided to check it out-- the first time we've gone to one of their plant sales. It was busy and warm, and there were at least a couple of things on the posted "plants for sale" list that I simply couldn't find (though if I'd been persistent, I could've asked until I found someone to either show where they were or explain that they were sold out). In any case, there were plenty of plants to ogle, even without those fancier varieties of echinacea. ;o)
I'm not sure how their prices compared to nurseries and home centers... Some things (the fruit trees, maybe the hydrangeas) seemed a little high to me, but others felt like a fair price-- especially considering that plants are rarely cheap, unless you catch them on clearance.
We decided to splurge and bring a few things back home with us.
Hibiscus mutabilis "Plenus" (double)
A Southern heritage plant. The flowers start out white, then turn pink and darker pink through the day, and the petals on this one are supposed to be double. I think Mom used to have a confederate rose in her garden... At least I know I remember her talking about them. (If this one does well, I can give you a cutting, if you need one, Mom!)
Carex oshimensis "Evergold"
Donald liked this one. Evergreen, variegated, grass-like plant. Good for a shady spot.
Mexican Purple Sage
Red Mexican Ruellia
This and the salvia listed above are supposed to attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. I'm not sure how cold-hardy the Mexican purple sage is, but we'll give it a try...
Southern Shield Fern
For the shady north side of the house. I hope it will be satisfied.
Louisiana Iris "Jeri"
I really want this one to do well! The flowers are supposed to be a rich, "grape purple".
Baptisia australis "Purple Smoke"
False Indigo / Blue Wild Indigo
This is another I'd love to see succeed. Need to remember that this one is best not to try to divide-- or transplant after it's established. Apparently it has a deep taproot, so it's a good idea to choose its spot carefully, remembering that it can get large (3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide).
Bambusa multiplex "Golden Goddess"
Golden Goddess Bamboo
Clumping. Non-invasive. 6 to 10 feet tall (and wide), depending on who you ask.
River Oats / Northern Sea Oats / Indian Woodoats / Spangle Grass
Some people complain that this reseeds too freely, so maybe it's best not to include in the main flower beds... If nothing else, I think it would be pretty along the edge of the shed... maybe around the edges of the fire ring clearing. The thought of the grass and seeds rustling in the wind was too enticing, so this was on my "look for" list going into the sale. Maybe I'll be cursing them in a year or two. ;o)
Photos of the new plants:
Now to plant them... ;o)