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July 2009 Plant Profile: Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Coleton Fishacre’

Much sought after for its cool grey green bronzy foliage and warm sunny flowers; it fits into just about any perennial border scheme.

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June 2009 Plant Profile: Datisca cannabina

A stately new plant for plant collectors in the Pacific Northwest, this very elegant perennial is marginally hardy for some, but it has survived our harsh winter with flying colors as the plant (a one gallon specimen only a year ago) towering near 10ft with the most incredible pendulous racemes. It was probably best planted in the middle of the bed or used behind a border, but it’s quite enchanting to walk through the massive stalks and elegant flowers that sway in the gentle breezes. 

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May 2009 Plant Profile: Beschorneria septentrionalis

Dubbed as the “False Red Agave”, this Mexican native is slowly making a presence as a architectural, hardy perennial plant for the Pacific Northwest. We received this as a donation from Far Reaches Farms (www.farreachesfarm.com) and decided to grow it in a container. Fearing that it didn’t survive our exceptionally cold and wet winter, it came through just fine in a sheltered location. 

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April 2009 Plant Profile: Muscari armeniacum

A somewhat rampant, but stunningly beautiful spring bloomer when planted in mass, this grape hyacinth creates a stunning drift of blue and once established in the garden, it is relatively care free and comes back reliably each year. In the South Slope of the Soest Garden , it has spread happily and looks absolutely smashing with the dried foliage of Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’) as shown. 

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March 2009 Plant Profile: Omphalodes verna

A charming, but rarely utilized spring ephemeral puts on a show in late March and well into May. This creeping member of the borage family thrives in a wide variety of soil types and prefers part-full shade to dappled light. The straight species is an ethereal blue, while the white form brings frothy frosty white flowers in profusion. It has been an outstanding perennial for dry shade with its shallow root system and it thrives growing under trees. 

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February 2009 Plant Profile: Euphorbia ‘Glacier Blue’

Of all the variegated selections of Euphorbia charcias, ‘Glacier Blue’ is the best among all of them because of its tidy habit and its reliability as an evergreen perennial in the landscape; other cultivars just aren’t as long lived. It flowers in early spring with the typical chartreuse bracts that seemingly get lost in the grayish-blue foliage frosted in icy white. 

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January 2009 Plant Profile: Helleborus niger ‘Josef Lemper’

Probably one of the most popular plants to grace each winter display at every retail nursery at this time of year has to be Helleborus niger ‘Josef Lemper’. This plant was a donation to us from Skagit Gardens and T & L Nusery, who
both seemed to highly recommend it last season hence the double donation, and now here it is at its peak. 

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November 2008 Plant Profile: Miscanthus sinensis

The most common and popular of the large ornamental grasses, Miscanthus sinensis comes in many different forms and variations just to suit any garden that requires very little care and year round interest. Perhaps the oldest and most well known variety of Maiden Grass is ‘Gracillimus’ (pictured here); Miscanthus sinensis are dependable plants that can thrive in poor soils and is quite drought tolerant once established. 

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October 2008 Plant Profile: Calluna vulgaris cultivars

Each winter, as most perennials are cut back lying dormant before spring, these ground-hugging shrubs take center stage as their foliage burst into dramatic colors that always seems to stop visitors along the main path of the Soest Garden. Planting these in rockeries in blazing full sun helps to enhance the coloration so they are exceptional evergreen plants for difficult places. 

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September 2008 Plant Profile: Gaillardia Commotion™ ‘Frenzy’

One of the newest plants in the Soest Garden is this fiery little gem donated to us by Skagit Gardens . Gaillardia, also known as Blanket Flower, is starting to make a big splash in the horticultural market with its heat tolerance and tremendously prolific bloom. This selection along with the cultivar ‘Tizzy’, which was also donated to us, possesses these qualities on top of extravagant color and visual interest all throughout the summer and fall months. 

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