February Fantasies – It’s Crispy Out There!

February is a great time, here in frozen, crispy North Dakota and elsewhere, to let your imagination run free as you contemplate your garden.  Reviewing photos of last years delights will help you evaluate which plants need to be moved, where you need more orange, sighting a big gap that needs filling, and then investigating possibilities in the numerous catalogs that are arriving daily.

Storybook Cottage snuggled in snow

Storybook Cottage snuggled in snow

It is so frozen out right now, it is hard to remember the lush green of summer.  When I back the car out of the garage, the tires are flat on one side, making mefeel like Mrs. Flintstone driving the car with carved stone wheels as I kerplumb,roll, kerplump, roll, kerplumb, roll down the tundra road with what appears to be terminally altered tires. As my fog breath inside the car subsides, I snuggle deeper into the goose down coat that reaches my calf, glad of the insulated hood where my head snuggles. As a native Californian, I still can not imagine that the plants can make it through this icy grip of dakota winters. But, together, we do survive, and remarkably, we thrive.

Remember the delightful sweet scent of alyssum toasting in the sun

Remember the delightful sweet scent of alyssum toasting in the sun

In 2013 the plants I want more of are Golden Carpet Juniper, lilies, heuchera and ferns.  I can divide some of the ones I already have, but will certainly check out what is new. And, I want more HEUCHERA, also known as foam flowers.

Photo(s) below of Heuchera courtesy of Terra Nova® Nurseries, Inc.
www.terranovanurseries.com

I am so excited about the new, small Heuchera from Terra Nova Nurseries, and share some information about them below.

Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.

Heuchera Apple Crisp

Heuchera Apple Crisp

Terra Nova Nursery is wholesale only, so you will not find these little lovelies that way.  Ask your favorite garden center to obtain them for you. This new “Crisp” Series features small scaled heuchera, hardy in zones 4-9.

Apple Crisp has lovely white flowers above a tight, mounded form, and because the Crisp series has a higher percentage of H. micrantha in its breeding, it is very hardy in the north. The edges of the leaves are wavy, creating a curled, tight edge.

Heuchera Apple Crisp in lower right with other Heuchera.

Heuchera Apple Crisp in lower right with other Heuchera.

Blackberry Crisp, below, changes from a deep burgundy spring color to deep purple then black as the season progresses. It features white flowers in the spring.

 

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My next post will be about more Heuchera – this time MINIATURES!