Monday, May 4, 2009

LA Garden Show purchases

So here they are - all of my wonderful new plants from the show!
First is the Lavender Lady Passion Flower vine (Passiflora x Amethyst). The gorgeous flowers were totally irresistible. I knew my husband would love how unusual they are, so it was an easy choice. I will be planting this either in the veggie garden on a trellis or in a pot to grow on a trellis on the shed.I've wanted Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) ever since reading about it in California Gardener Magazine. It was tough to find, but an herb booth at the show had tons of hard-to-find plants, and I was so happy to bring one home! This is the newest fad in sweeteners and the leaves taste like candy. I'm planning to dry it to add to tea mixes. Unfortunately I broke a stem of it during planting, so I'm hoping it survives.
I bought a Thompson Seedless grape vine (Vitis vinifera), for which my sweet husband is going to build a trellis. I can't wait to be able to pick my own grapes from the backyard!
This new Petite Plum Dwarf Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii nanhoensis 'Monum') will probably go into the veggie garden. I have another possible location for it among some roses, but with our long growing season, I'm afraid it might get too large for that space, even though it is a dwarf variety.
I've been wanting to add scented geranium to the herb garden area and this one had such sweet little flowers. It is Peacock Scented (Pelargonium cv.). Things are starting to get pretty crowded in there, so I might have to keep it cut back, but I just couldn't resist.
This lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla) may end up in the front yard planter as part of a bee and butterfly garden that I'm starting to create, but I haven't decided yet. It will be a big part of the tea-making process and I love to run my hands through it for the fabulous fragrance.
Lime Thyme will be heading into the veggie garden and is such a lovely color. I saw this plant first at Plant Life, a blog I've enjoyed visiting.
Perhaps you know that I'm not exactly the most successful potted plant gardener. I am too lazy about watering to keep potted plants alive. However, I seem to fall prey to pots every year and this year I chose this beautiful Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) plant as my first victim. I really hope to keep it watered, especially since Bay can be cut into a topiary and I'm planning to make a short little ball out of it. The leaves can be picked in the morning and placed under a weight. By dinnertime, they leaves are dry and ready to be used in recipes!And finally, the plant about which I am most excited. Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) is the tea plant! I had been planning to order a plant online, but there was a tea exhibit at the show and the Arboretum's booth was selling the plant. I was surprised to find out that the tea plant is in the camellia family, which makes it perfect for my partially shaded Heuchera garden where I already have three azaleas and a camellia japonica growing. The great thing about that mixture is that Camellias and Azaleas are both acid loving, so they should live together fairly harmoniously.
Although not pictured, I also got 6 Casablanca Lily bulbs in the ground and I hope to see them bloom by late summer. Whew! For not planning on buying much, I sure came home with plenty...hooray!


  1. What great finds! I just started a grape vine over my arbor last summer and the leaves are just now starting to make an entrance for the year!!! The vines grow so fast. Love it.

  2. Janelle - I am really looking forward to whatever structure we can build for the grape vine, but I'm still at a loss for where to place it. Poor little thing gets watered every day, but I know it wants to be in the ground to grow. You'll have to post pictures of your garden one day!

  3. What a success! I love all of the plants you chose, especially the passion flower, I think you made some great choices!!!

  4. great plants you came home with... the lemon verbena caught my eye... I just received the scent of "Lemon verbena" by Mrs. Meyers all natural kitchen cleaner in the mail and the smell is amazing! I love laurels too we have a few of them... post pictures as they grow.

  5. Nikki~ Lovin' that Passion vine. I have an aunt who lives in the city where it is a little warmer than here and her PV is magnificent.

    I also bought a lime thyme - its getting another rain shower.... enough already! It's next to the yellow :( Italian parsley - too much liquid sunshine.

    Scented geraniums are so fun -I've had some crazy scents(nutmeg).. not that pretty but fun to smell.

    Keep me posted on your sunny garden - I love it. Helps get me through 52 and raining!


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