I headed to Swanson's Nursery in Seattle today to spend the holiday dollars I've been saving since this past summer. This is always a bad idea because I always end up buying way more than the holiday dollars are good for. I know, it's all part of their brilliant scheme to get me to drive from Normandy Park to their nursery in North Seattle several times a year. It's working really well for them.
I was hoping Swanson's would have red bananas (Ensete
ventricosum 'Maurelii') because I saw a series of You Tube videos from a
guy in Canada who turned one red banana into a hundred in a couple
months and wanted to try it. Here are links to the three videos:
Part 1 - October 28th - Preparing the red banana for propagation
Part 2 - December 30th - Rooting & offset formation
Part 3 - March 31st - Separating the new offsets
Sadly, they didn't have any red bananas but they did have some other great plants that could not resist going home with me:
Clockwise from back left:
Nolina microcarpa (Bear grass) - A yucca relative that forms a huge grass-like crown
Sciadopitys verticillata 'Sternschnuppe' - An umbrella pine with super duper thick needles
Yucca desmetiana 'Blue Boy' (aka Yucca aloifolia 'Purpurea') - Tall grower with fleshy, purple leaves
Phormium 'Taya' (New Zealand flax) - This has very rich purple leaves (see below)
Pachysandra axillaris 'Windcliff fragrant' - Don't get this confused with Pachysandra axillaris 'Windcliff'. That one gets huge leaves but no fragrance; this one produces fragrant sarcococca-like flowers in early spring.
Here is Phormium 'Taya' compared with the standard, Home Depot bronze phormium.