Up and out early to Sheridan Nurseries, and then back to plant:
- Japanese Blood Grass (3) – Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron‘
- Blue River Lavender (1) – Lavandula angustifolia ‘Blue River‘
- Schwellenberg Salvia (3) – Salvia ‘Schwellenberg’
- Elijah Blue Fescue (1) – Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’
- Lily of the Valley (5) – Convallaria majalis
- Green Brass Buttons (5) – Leptinella squalida
- Ice Plant (5) – Delosperma ‘Topaz’
- Black Eyed Susan (3) – Rudbeckia hirta ‘Irish Eyes‘
- Blue Moon Wisteria (1) – Wisteria macrostachya ‘Blue Moon’
I also threw around some seeds, for the hell of it, we’ll see what happens. I planted matching seeds next to my coneflowers, astilbe and rudbeckia – plus sunflowers, sweet peas, chinese lanterns, cosmos, bellflower and nasturtiums.
I bought the Wisteria, despite having one, because it actually has flower buds on it. I’m amazed by that, getting them to bloom here is/was rare, I’ve never managed, anyway. I think some types just WON’T bloom until they are 10+ years old.
I’m more than a little bit horrified to read at Wikipedia that the Japanese Blood Grass is one of the most noxious invasive weeds IN THE WORLD! Further research has made me feel a little better – seems like our cold winters keep it spreading so slowly that it can’t take over. But when you read that a plant is more invasive in the U.S. south than kudzu, you feel a little bit bad for planting it. I’ll keep a close eye on it. Apparently the real risk is that the fancy red will revert to wild green, then take off.
It’s interesting though, and you see how these species can take hold and keep hold. I’m an inexperienced gardener, and I went to my local, reputable, nursery, and I bought a plant that I liked the look of, with no notion that it could possibly be a risk.
So much for my nice, mostly native, bird, butterfly and bee garden…