|Leaves of Cyclamen ‘Something Magic’ |
mimic a mini Christmas Tree while
its bright pink blooms thrill Feb.-Mar.
I was visiting Terra Nova Nurseries, Canby, Ore., and I wanted to see how the “earth was laughing” in their beautiful display garden. In spite of our cooler than normal late winter, there was a lot to see; all of which would add late winter garden interest that could be visually enjoyed through a window from the warmth of our homes . In particular, the hellebores were stunning, the cyclamen were little bursts of joy with leaves and flowers adding interest to the ground level of the garden, and the Pulmonaria were sparkling. In addition to the floral candidates, Corydalis, Bergenia and Huechera added textural leaf interest and color, either with newly emerging leaves or leaves remaining from last year. And Sedum ‘Pool Party’ transformed rainwater into little gems, accentuating soft green, fleshy mounds of leaves.
|Hellebore hybrid ‘Honeyhill Joy’ |
has subtle flowers but creates a big impact
One, three, or swaths of any of these would be exceptional in our Northwest gardens. Dave Doolittle, Terra Nova’s marketing director, went so far as to say, “If I had to pick one plant to start a garden, it would be ‘Honeyhill Joy’ hellebore.” After seeing it in the display garden, I’d have to agree. All photos were taken March 16, 2012.
|The flowers of Sedum ‘Pool Party’ |
appear July as large flat clusters of
pink and last through Oct.
|Not sure why this pulmonaria is called |
‘Trevi Fountain’ unless it’s because its bright
blue flowers and spotted leavers are over-the-top
|The result of Terra Nova’s breeding |
program, hellebore ‘Hot Flash’
has unusual late-blooming flower
color and stamens and also offers
serrated leaves for texture
|The “crisp” series of heuchera |
showcases ruffled foliage
|Cymbalaria ‘Snow Wave’, the |
first variegated Kenilworth ivy,
is planted with Cyclamen ‘Sweetheart Sparkle’
and its dramatically-shaped leaves
(it blooms Aug.-Nov.)