I adore heading to California. Simply past Mt. Shasta on the declining side of the Siskiyou Pass everything changes. I realize I’ve arrived when I see the transcending palm close to the old farmhouse out there. In only a couple of brief hours the Douglas Firs and Japanese Maples become Olive forests and Eucalyptus – the climate warm and verdure intriguing.
Maybe with an end goal to bring a smidgen of the intriguing home, cultivators around Portland have been planting bananas, palms, citrus and other tropical or sub-tropical plants in expanding numbers recently – meticulously wrapping, mulching and covering in the winter a very long time to guarantee their prized plants aren’t harmed or killed by our infrequent sessions with sub-frosty temperatures. Indeed, even the McDonald’s down the road from my home arranged with fan palms.
The uplifting news for those of you in cooler regions of the nation who envision yourselves tasting Mai Thais on the Lanai is that there are various joyful, solid plants that loan themselves to making your tropical desert spring – hemerocallis, the daylily, is boss among them. Daylilies flourish when evening temperatures are over 55 degrees and their foundations get profound watering amid the mid year heat – so I’ll make reference to friend plants that likewise flourish under those conditions and can be developed in agreement with daylilies.
Daylilies, for example, SHINING BEACON, MIDNIGHT FIRE DANCER, PINK STRIPES and JEN MELON follow in the tropical convention of brilliant, warm hues – hues so sparkling they can be seen from extraordinary separations. Considerable EVIDENCE and BEAUTIFUL EDGINGS open with blooms so extensive they may be confused with a hibiscus. GARDENIA DREAM and FRAGRANT LIGHT are scented so sweetly and unequivocally they ought to be planted close to the sitting territory where you can completely appreciate them. At last, GREEN ARROW and MIDNIGHT SPIRIT WORLD keep on offering visual intrigue long after the blooms are gone – plantlets (expansions) create here and there the blossom stems.
Buddy plants that add to the tropical wonder are Canna “Australia”, Canna “Thai Rainbow”, tough Hibiscus, Pitcher Plant “Dainas Delight”, yellow Bamboo “Alphonse Karr Clumping Bamboo”. The mammoth leaves and pendant lilac bloom bunches just as the Reese’s shelled nut buttercup aroma of the Clerodendrum blossoms additionally include intrigue. I have effectively developed Whale’s Tongue Blue Agave for a few seasons. My most loved discover this year is the red yucca – it was a genuine emerge in a larger than average cobalt blue fired pot – it kept up its coral-red sprouts and glaucus foliage all season with almost no consideration.
(Note: that the deer do appear to have a liking for the Hibiscus and the Clerodendrum is vigorous to the point that it will send up new shoots for a few feet around the first plant so may should be contained).
As season extenders I would prescribe the daylily LEMON LOLLIPOP alongside Japanese Iris “SOUTHERN SON” or “NEPTUNE’S TRIDENT” for early season shading. Nicotiana Sylvestrus with it zesty, musky scent; dahlias, for example, “Thomas Edison”, “Papageno” and “Chunk of ice”; just as tropical-hued gladiolus can be joined with later blossoming daylilies, for example, LATE BOUQUET, JEN MELON or CHALLENGER to keep shading admirably into the late-summer when numerous plants have quit sprouting. Possibly include Rudbeckia Maxima in its gold structure for its larger than average appeal and shining, lunar green leaves.
I will test a few additional plants in 2013 that I expectation will flourish here and add to warmth and enthusiasm of my greenhouse – Eucalyptus, Mock Orange, Clerodendrum “Blue Butterfly” and Paw to give some examples – and I trust you will almost certainly include a couple of new top choices also.
Cistus Nursery – Portland, Oregon
Swan Island Dahlias – Canby, Oregon
Hughes Water Garden – Wilsonville, Oregon
Plant Delights Nursery – Raleigh, North Carolina
Annie’s Annuals and Perennials – Richmond, California
Thompson and Morgan – Jackson, New Jersey