New plants arriving today @ Peacock Horticultural Nursery:
Adenanthos sericeus (Coast Wollybush) – Shrub or small tree (6 – 10′ tall) with soft gray needle-like foliage. Hardy to 20 – 25 F. Tip damage may occur below 24 F. For full sun on the coast to part shade inland.
Agave ‘Blue Glow’ – Hardy Agave to 1-2′ tall x 2-3′ wide with blue leaves edged in red and yellow.
Brahea edulis (Guadalupe Palm) – Hardy fan palm to 20+ feet tall for full sun. Slow growing.
Chamaedorea microspadix (Hardy Bamboo Palm) – a suckering palm for shade. 8′ tall or less. Hardy to about 23 F.
Chamaerops humilis cerifera (Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm) – Suckering (multi-trunked) palm . 8-10′ tall, for full sun. Very hardy to 5 – 10 F.
Cordyline ‘Design a line Burgundy’ – Clump forming Cordyline with burgundy weeping foliage to 3′.
Dicksonia Antarctica (Tasmanian Tree Fern) – Hardy tree fern to about 15′ and 6-10 wide. Hardy and evergreen to the low 20 F, but will resprout at 19 F.
Echeveria agavoides ‘Ebony’ – Succulent with dark “black” edges in full sun.
Lampranthus deltoids (syn Oscularia deltoids) – Pink Iceplant – Hardy succulent groundcover for full sun. Blue-green foliage, dark pink stems and pink flowers.
Leucadendron Ebony – 3-4′ tall shrub with dark foliage and burgundy flowers.
Leucospermum ‘Tango’ – (L. glabrum x L. lineare) – Drought tolerant shrub with amazing orange-red flowers. Grows to 6 – 8′ and 4 – 6′ wide.
Nolina nelson (Blue Nolina) – Both a very drought tolerant and very hardy shrub to 4 – 8′ tall.
Trachycarpus takil – Takil Palm – Fan palm up to 40′, but very slowly. Very hardy to 15 F, for full sun to part sun.
Yucca ‘Bright Star’ – Finally have some 4″ of this variegated yellow and green Yucca. 1-2′ tall for full sun.
For me , the true arrival of spring is heralded with the heavy perfume of the Philadelphus – the Mock Orange shrub. We were lucky to have acquired the property where the nursery is located, with its turn of century home, and some beautiful mature shrubs and trees including three immense Mock Orange shrubs which I believe to be P. coronarius. Of the many varieties available, my favorite is Philadelphus ‘Innocence’. This shrub not only has pure white single flowers with their amazing scent similar to orange blossoms, it also provides beautiful variegated foliage. The new foliage emerges brightly variegated with creamy-white, gold and green leaves, which will eventually change through the summer months to mostly green.
‘Innocence’ can tolerate most soil types and does well planted in full sun to light shade in USDA zones 4 – 8. The shrub will grow to a height of 6 – 8′ feet and will be a beautiful addition to your garden.
Other cultivars of Philadelphus available at Peacock Horticultural Nursery include P. ‘Belle Etoile’, P. ‘Snowbelle’, and P. coronarius ‘Aureus’.
Several South African Leucadendron are in full bloom here at Peacock Horticultural Nursery. One of the more striking varieties is Leucadendron discolor ‘Pom Pom’. This member of the Protea family ‘Pom Pom’ has many wonderful features including blue-gray leaves, cone shaped clusters of bright-red pollen surrounded by white to pale-yellow bracts, drought tolerance, and deer resistance too. Leucadedrons make dramatic specimen plants in the landscape and the cut flowers are remarkably for their long vase life.
Leacadendrons are fairly easy to grow in acidic, well drained soil in full to part sun. ‘Pom Pom’ will ultimately reach about 7′ tall and 5′ wide, and are hardy to USDA zone 8.
Leucadendron discolor ‘Pom Pom’
Other Leucadendrons available at Peacock Horticultural Nursery include: Leacadendron ‘Jester’ with spectacular variegated foliage, L. ‘Pisa’ with bright yellow-green bracts, L. ‘Red Gem’, L. ‘Safari Sunset’, and L. salignum ‘Blush’.