Here are some of the new plant arrivals at Peacock Horticultural Nursery this month.
Agave ‘Blue Glow’ – Beautiful small Agave with blue-green leaves with a red margin. Now available in quart pots!
Albuca juncifolia(Rush-leaved Albuca) – South African bulb with round leaves like a rush and greenish-yellow flowers in late spring.
Cordyline ‘Renegade’ (Renegade Cordyline) -This is a beautiful new clumping Cordyline with very wide black-purple foliage to 2 – 3′, and fragrant flowers in summer. Now available in 2 gallons.
Furcraea foetida ‘Mediopicta Sport’ (Variegated Furcraea) – This is a sport of Furcraea ‘Mediopicta’ and has wide green leaves to 4 – 5′ with a narrow yellow band in the center of each leaf. Hardy to USDA zone 9b (25 F). These monocarpic plants produce an inflorescence that can reach 25′ with many greenish-white flowers. Many plantlets will form on the inflorescence as the basal plant dies.
Yucca ‘Bright Star’(Bright Star Yucca) – This is a beautiful new slow growing Variegated Yucca. The wide leaves have deep yellow margins. The ultimate size of this Yucca has not been determined yet.
Urginia maritima syn: Drimia maritima (Sea Squill) – A large summer dormant bulb with blue-green leaves emerging in the fall after blooming. In summer, 3 – 4′ stalks rise with many white flowers with yellow centers. Hardy to 20 – 25 F, but best when protected from frost. Gophers do not eat this bulb! Huge 30 year old blooming bulbs available in 3 gallon pots, as well as, younger one gallon or 4″ pots available.
Zephyranthes ‘Labuffarosea’ (Labuffarosea Rain Lily) – Bulb native to Mexico that has pink flowers from late summer through fall.
‘Cardinal’ is a great new clump-forming Cordyline notable for it’s glossy red leaves, and its upright growth and arching broad leaves. ‘Cardinal’ is a hybrid cross between the trunk-forming Cordyline australis and probably C. banksii. This is a very new cultivar in the trade and data is still being collected. Forms a clump to about 3′, and blooms in summer with many small fragrant, creamy flowers.
To enhance its radiant red color, ‘Cardinal’ prefers to grow in morning sun or part shade in hotter areas to full sun in cooler areas. This Cordyline is hardy to about 15 – 20 F.
Cardinal is an outstanding accent plant or feature planted in the garden, or is spectacular in mixed plantings (perhaps with some chartreuse foliage) in your favorite pots. If you are looking for an alternative to Phormium(Flax), this plant can be used in much the same fashion (without the common problems I find with Flax – reverting, growing larger than reported, burning foliage, mealy bugs).
Other clump-forming Corydlines available at Peacock Horticultural Nursery are Cordyline ‘Renegade’ with dark-purple, almost black, foliage, Cordyline ‘Electric Pink’ with dark maroon leaves that are edged with bright neon pink, and Cordyline australis ‘Pink Champagne’ a very slow growing truck-forming cultivar with narrow pale-green leaves that are variegated along their margins with cream and blushed pink near the base.
In addition, I offer many of the trunk forming cultivars of Cordyline which will grow to a height of 15′ or more. These include Cordyline australis ‘Dark Star’, C. a. ‘Paradise’, C. a. ‘Pink Stripe’, C. a. ‘Red Sensation’, C. a. ‘Red Star’, C. a. ‘Southern Splendour’, C. a. ‘Sundance’, C. a. ‘Sunrise’, and C. a. ‘Torbay Dazzler’.