July 2013 Purchases

We bought a few plants in July (not all of which have been planted). We have definitely slowed down – on the other hand, we’ve also been busy. Four came from the grocery store (yes a grocery store with plants!), and three came from the everything store.

I bought this blue agastache thinking that when it bloomed the blossoms would be the shape that the hummingbirds like… it is just starting to open, and I think it will be more like Agastache foeniculum ‘Golden Jubilee’ in this post.

Agastache 'Blue Fortune'

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’

The co-gardener picked up this decorative oregano.

decorative oregano: Origanum  rotundifolium 'Kent Beauty'

decorative oregano: Origanum rotundifolium ‘Kent Beauty’

Blue plants can be tricky to find, and I think that is why I picked up this plant. It was just finishing blooming, so it is hard to tell from the photo what the blooms look like. Next year!

Arkansas blue star: Amsonia hubrichtii

Arkansas blue star: Amsonia hubrichtii

At first I thought that this balloon flower was a campanula (also typically blue). The balloon flower (with which I was not familiar) is compact, so I think it will be easier to fit it in somewhere.

balloon flower: Platycodon  grandiflorus 'Sentimental Blue'

balloon flower: Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Sentimental Blue’

We had two Indian feathers in the front yard. They got huge, leggy, and completely lay down on some other plants. We pruned them hard and it killed them. I said no more Indian feathers, too undisciplined… but I gave in. At the everything store, some of the plants are outside so that one passes them when going into the store to buy other things. I think this plant will have to have a lot of space, and then maybe be pruned down if it starts to get leggy. The tag claimed that this variety is more supportive than others.

Indian feather: Gaura lindheimeri 'Snow Fountain'

Indian feather: Gaura lindheimeri ‘Snow Fountain’

The co-gardener collects shasta daisies – see this post and this post – and I couldn’t resist these two shasta daisies when I saw them in the impulse buy area of the everything store.

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum x superbum 'Real Glory'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Real Glory’

This shasta daisy was only $4!

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum x superbum 'Real Dream'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Real Dream’

I liked how pokey this veronica is… and it was only $4. There is a pink veronica (speedwell) in this post.

Veronica 'Royal Candles': speedwell

Veronica spicata ‘Royal Candles’: speedwell

Yet another varietal shasta daisy

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum x superbum 'Real Neat'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Real Neat’

We originally mail-ordered a ‘Double Scoop Orangeberry’ coneflower along with several other coneflowers, but had to cancel the order when the shipment had still not arrived in May when we were headed to Europe. This price was better than the mail-order, and the plant is bigger. All the same, it is exciting to get plants in the mail and some of the many types of coneflowers can be hard to find.

coneflower: Echinacea purpurea 'Double Scoop Orangeberry'

coneflower: Echinacea purpurea ‘Double Scoop Orangeberry’