New plant arrivals today at Peacock Horticultural Nursery:
Athyrium ‘Ghost’ – Hybrid fern between the Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’) and Southern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina) to 2- 3′.
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Diane’s Gold’ – A Siberian Bugloss with chartreuse foliage and sky blue flowers.
Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Korean Gold’ – Golden Plum Yew to 6- 10′ tall and 3 – 6 wide.
Osmanthus heterophyllus’Rotundifolius’ – False Holly – very hardy shrub to 5 x 5′ or so with fragrant flowers in fall.
Osmanthus x fortunei ‘San Jose’ – Tea Olive – Very!! fragrant shrub to 15′ or so.
Podocarpus alpinus ‘County Park Fire’ – Alpine Plum Yew -Conifer to about 3′ with bronze winter foliage, then in spring the new shoots emerge creamy turning salmon pink then reddish and finally deep green.
Sophora prostrata ‘Little Baby’ -Shrub to about 4′ with zigzag stems and tiny leaflets. Orange pea flowers late in the season. Plant in full sun and hold off the fertilizer.
Taxus baccata ‘Watnong Gold’ – Dwarf Golden Yew to about 2′ tall and 3′ wide. Brilliant gold spring foliage.
Trachelospermum a. ‘Ogon Nishiki’ – Japanese star jasmine vine to about 8′ with amazing foliage in orange, yellow and green.
Bomarea is a genus of tuberous-rooted climbers in the Alstroemeria family. The inverted, trumpet-shaped flowers and lance-shaped leaves of Bomarea bear similarities to Alstroemerias. Featured for sale at Peacock Horticultural nursery, Bomarea hirtella is native to Mexico and grows 8 -12′ terminating with clusters of pink and chartreuse flowers. Clusters of attractive seed pods are produced in late autumn, opening to red-orange berries. Bomareas also attract hummingbirds.
Bomarea hirtella prefers to grow in filtered light protected from afternoon sun in moist, humus-rich, well-draining soil. I am growing this plant in my USDA zone 8b garden with great success. The plants go dormant after the first frost, they return in the spring and bloom from summer through fall. In colder climates, however, these vines can also be grown very successfully in a container and overwintered in a protected spot.
I first remember seeing this vine in bloom at a local rare plant nursery and knew I had to have one! None were available immediately, so I put my name on a long waiting list and was finally able to acquire one for my personal collection. I am pleased to now offer these vines for sale at Peacock Horticultural Nursery.
Botanically named for Napoleon’s empress Lapagerie, the common name (Chilean Bellflower) reflects its heritage as the national flower for Chile.
Lapagerias are wiry evergreen vines with leathery, deep green leaves that can twine up to 15 feet. The dazzling beauty of the these vines is the 4″ waxy red bell-shaped flowers that open from summer to fall. Varieties offer flower color ranging from dark red to pure white, with various shades in between, to a beautiful picotee selection with white flowers with red edges. Flowers will often have a stippling of white. While most of hybrid seedlings produce flower colors in various hues of red, the less common white forms are possible, but they are all stunning flowers.
Lapergeria vines grow best in bright shade in a rich well drained soil. I have successfully grown these in my USDA zone 8b garden with some protection from frost. They also do well in a large pot that you could then move to protection in areas with harsh winters.