On my nursery visit last weekend I saw some great stuff: dozens of heucheras, lots of perennials just starting to emerge, color. I also saw some questionable stuff. Things that make me stop and say "that's just wrong".
The first example is not a clear case. My first thought upon seeing this foot was "wow, funky", but then I decided it was "too funky"... or did I?
Even now I'm undecided. I think what I object to most about the foot planter is the scale of it compared to the plants that you can put into it.
The opening is tiny! Well, small at least:
Plus, the price is much too high for my tastes. If I'm going to spend $80 on a pot, it better be a big one, able to hold either lots of smaller plants or a huge one.
Still, I could see this working with some other less-whimsical pots, or half-hidden in foliage in one of the beds.
I don't know that I'd go overboard with the whole series though:
The larger head planter was $100, and I couldn't find a price on the "hands"pot. All of these are hard to visualize filled with plants. I still don't know if they'd look goofy or great.
None of these came home with me. Perhaps they're not wrong for some gardens, but they didn't feel "right" enough for mine.
I went to a second nursery that same day, but they didn't have many perennials or annuals yet. I did see something that caught my eye in one of the greenhouses though:
Bamboo! Potted up like a perennial! At a reasonable price! Sounds too good to be true...
Unfortunately, it is. This is Borinda boliana, a clumping bamboo that is "Probably the most cold-tolerant in the Borinda genus" according to Bamboo Garden.
Clumping, cold-tolerant -- sounds great! The problem is, "cold-tolerant" is relative, and although this bamboo is fantastic in the coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest and California, it's only hardy to 10ºF, rated zone 8. Also, like many of the temperate clumping bamboos that originate in mountainous areas, it doesn't tolerate hot and humid climates.
|You should do a better job of hiding your recent repotting.|
So it can't take St. Louis winters, nor our summers. Perfect!
|At least they're still alive!|
It's just wrong that a local nursery would be selling this. I guess it illustrates just how misunderstood bamboo is, even among professional plant people.
( I suppose I should go back there this weekend and try to educate them about the bamboo. It would be another wrong if I didn't try.)