Monday, June 11, 2012

Hey Look! More Plants!

Yesterday I stopped at Zenith Holland Gardens in Des Moines and managed to find a few noble characters.  The nursery is wholesale but open to the public on most weekends in the spring/summer.  And the winners are...

Back Row:
Agapanthus 'Black Buddha' - The flowers are purple but at least the stems are black
Dahlia 'Black Wizard' - Dark red foliage with intense reddish black flowers
Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' - Incredibly tropical-looking foliage and flowers
Agave geminiflora - Another agave for a container - not entirely hardy unfortunately

Middle Row:
Agapanthus 'Silver Moon' -  From far away the foliage blends into silvery white.
Asplenium antiquum 'Victoria' - I've been growing several A. scolopendrium plants, which are not only reliably hardy but also look great year-round so I think it's time I branch out into other species.
Eucomis vandermerwei 'Octopus' - A miniature Eucomis with mottled red and green foliage & flowers
Talinum paniculatum 'Limon' - I didn't know this was tender perennial when I bought it, but now that I know I'm sort of not that interested in it anymore.

Front Row:
Polypodium pseudo-aurem 'Virginia Blue' - I've never heard of a blue fern before!
Setcreasea pallida - This is my first attempt at growing this plant - aka Wandering Jew.  I've heard it's a marginally hardy perennial.  We shall see!


  1. Nice loot! I continually find myself drawn to agave geminiflora but have yet to take the plunge. Agave pots can become an obsession. looks like you have a beauty. As for that Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' ... epic.

    1. I know I'm almost guaranteed to get stabbed when I move the agave indoors but it's all part of the fun, right?

  2. Funny. Now Talinum paniculatum 'Limon' is going to become your favorite plant.