My New Plant Wish List

May 12th, 2007

Weeping Blue Atlas CedarLate last Winter I posted a plant wishlist and I thought it’d be fun to do one again.

I still haven’t gotten an American Beautyberry with it’s wonderful purple berries, so that is still on my list.

Luckily or unluckily I did have a tree die, and I so bought my ‘Forest Pansy’ Redbud, so far I am very pleased with it. Pink flowers in Spring and interesting foliage.

I tried the Blue Himalayan Poppies. I tried seeds and couldn’t get them to grow, I tried mail order and the plants died (but in the plant’s defense, I mostly blame the nursery).

I no longer want too badly the iceplant I mentioned. I think I’m off my iceplant kick. I really like how much they bloom in summer, but their Winter hardiness here is hit and miss it seems. The only one that really does well, the hardy yellow one, blooms the least.

Now… I did have a longer plant wishlist, but I put in a new bed in the front yard already this Spring and have got a lot of my list filled in. I bought a variegated 10 foot tall variety of miscanthus, I bought some ‘Color Guard’ yuccas, I bought ‘Fanfare’ Gaillardias, and finally some ‘Kopper King’ Hibiscus. All of those plants I really wanted, I recommend them all, and they all look great.

I also wanted some more ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangeas they are such great landscaping plants. So I bought 6 more to make a nice little hedge in my new bed, I can’t wait until they’re all in bloom.

However… one plant has really been on my mind for a long time, but I didn’t know I could grow it. Weeping Blue Atlas Cedars (Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’) are absolutely gorgeous. They have brilliant blue needles and a most interesting growth habit. I fell in love with these trees when I first saw Paul’s on ‘Gardening by the Yard.’ However, I always thought I couldn’t grow them here because they are only hardy to zone 6 and I am in zone 5. There is a nursery though around here, supposedly the largest on in Michigan, and they have some which they saw they overwintered here. I need to find out what kind of protection they used, to see if I could replicate it, but I really wanna try. These trees are just gorgeous. I’ll have to remove a butterfly bush to make room for it, but the butterfly bush only gives interest a few months of the year (July-October maybe) whereas this will be year round. Plus, I’ve got 2 others.

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