greenhouse color

While waiting for the garden to dry out a bit yesterday, I visited a couple of my local garden centers. My main goal was to find some purple fountain grass to replace the ones I killed, but they didn't have any yet.

They were unloading several racks of just-arrived plants, and some of the colors were just amazing.


Starting with a couple of fantastic Oxalis. I love caramel-colored foliage. Why didn't I take a photo of the label of this one?

The purple one is nice too!

A lime-green Geranium makes a great companion to the reddish leaves of Geranium 'Vancouver Centennial':

How about a couple more Geraniums? The coolest one in my opinion was the Pelargonium x Peltatum 'Crocodile' with its web-like variegation:


Note to plant growers: please don't use fonts that simulate handwriting. If I want to have a hard time reading plant tags I'll make them myself.

Next up is a coleus of some sort, right? I had to move on quickly because it was burning my retinas:

Ah, this is more my style:

That was Pseuderanthemum 'Pseuchotic Reaction'. Wild name, beautiful plant!

This next one I don't think would work in my garden, Bougainvillea 'Pixie Queen':

I'm not a big fan of bright yellow foliage, although maybe this would look much better surrounded by other plants.

I'm also not a fan of the late-winter favorite around here:

Pansies. They just don't do it for me. I appreciate the color, but when seen in the company of all of those other great plants, they just seem so boring.

(One hour in a greenhouse and I'm getting all snobbish about plants. What's wrong with me?)

I did not purchase any of these plants. If I had more plant table space I would have chosen a couple. I did pick up two small herbs that I'll baby for a month or two before they go outside.

It's nice to be able to recharge with colorful, fresh plants once in a while. I'll probably head back over next weekend to look for the grasses again. (Gardeners are great rationalizers.)


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The Gardening Blog  – (March 11, 2013 at 5:12 AM)  

Love the foliage colours - so bright and vibrant! Is the first one Oxalis? Very pretty when in a group like that! Christine would love these photos.

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