Our First Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

15 Oct
Here in the Bay Area, October is when we finally get a taste of Summer. The long days of overcast mornings and cool but sunny afternoons finally heat up and our Indian Summer begins. Right now, I’m thrilled about two super long-blooming low maintenance plants which reside in mutual affection here in a back corner of the nursery. 

Hibiscus cisplatinus

Hibiscus cisplatinus
Since so few gardeners know of this amazing Hibiscus, I am probably its number one fan in all the world! (and honestly, I think our staff is a little bit worried about this). Handy-dandy for filling in a large space, it will grow into a dense evergreen base-branching shrub 5’ x 5’ in its first year. Never showing signs of chlorosis like many tropical species here in the fogbelt, it is most vigorous *and* bloomiferous – bearing huge cotton candy pink flowers from May to December. Prominent and velvety cherry-colored stamens emerging from a rich ruby throat take its beauty ratio to a whole ’nother level! In Winter, I cut it down almost to the ground and each Spring it has bounced back bigger and better than ever.

Hibiscus cisplatinus habit
Echium gentianoides

Echium gentianoides spike

The perennial rebel of its family, Echium gentianoides blooms almost year around here in coastal California. Notoriously difficult to photograph, all who see its large bright blue flower spikes, fine form and complimentary smooth blue-grey foliage in person fall in love and take one home. Luckily, it’s easy and fast, reaching a manageable 4’ x 4’ within a year.

Echium gentianoides habit
Thank you to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! It’s a lovely honor to participate.


3 Responses to “Our First Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!”

  1. Gardening in a Sandbox October 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    Glad that you could join us today. The hibiscus is just a lovely soft pink. Really lovely.

  2. Town Mouse October 16, 2010 at 2:01 am #

    Happy Bloom Day Annie! Why, I had no idea you had a website. BTW, the package you sent yesterday arrived safely today, Can't wait to put those Mimulus p. in.

    That hibiscus is beautiful!

  3. Annie's Annuals and Perennials October 17, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    thanks for visiting! the blog is new t. mouse – so glad to hear your plants arrived safe and sound. nice of it to rain just in time for planting, don't you think?

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