Sometimes the road is long from falling in love with a plant to actually getting it into your own garden. This spring, though, I was lucky to see, ID, and successfully nab a few new favorites.
Being at the Center for Urban Horticulture every week is a revelation, literally – I get to experience these amazing gardens as they unfold, week by week, with something new in flower or an interesting leaf I hadn’t noticed before, a fragrance, a composition coming to the fore, and more.
Just a few weeks ago, the Sea thrift shot up its flower spikes and burst into pinky-purple bloom:
I love the way it forms spreading clumps that hang over and soften the hard line of the path:
Armeria maratima is hardy in Zones 3-9 and is ideal for a dry, sunny site or rock garden.
Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ has become increasingly popular here in Seattle. I imagine it self-seeds pretty fiercely but I prefer its form to the giganto euphorbias, and the flower color is just gorgeous, so tropical-looking in this cold-hardy variety. Since it is kind of a skinny plant, it seems to look best in multiples or coming up through other plants, as it is here through masses of daffodils:
And the red-etched, veiny leaves are almost as nice, especially after a rain…
These two were definitely on my (too long) shopping list when I went to the annual Florabundance plant sale this past weekend, benefiting the Washington Park Arboretum. And what do you know? I found them right away and they weren’t even expensive!
Another one, with a pale pink, almost white flower, ‘Snowball’:
‘Fireglow’, not blooming yet but I bet it will soon:
If that was where I’d stopped, I would have been really proud of my restraint! Are you curious what else I got that blew my plant budget for the spring??