Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ – 2001 Karen Reiter Stever, ItSaul Plants, Atlanta, GA
An evergreen stunner for shade! Unlike its relatives including its parent Mahonia eurobracteata, it lacks thorns (hence the name). Plants resemble layered ferns, with lush green leaves and yellow summer flowers. Though if you aren’t wanting the color, it’s easy to pinch back buds when they appear. While they appreciate regular water, one of our team members has grown them successfully under very dry shade conditions, and they look gorgeous! If you’re planting in a container, use a large one (24” deep) to accommodate its hearty root system. Can reach 4’x4’ if given the space.
Salvia ‘Wish’ Series
Salvias are one of the most popular genera in the horticultural world, and for good reason. It seems there is a Salvia for every garden, and their hardy nature and beautiful flowers are a sure win. But a totally new Salvia is something to get excited about! And one that can take some shade is really a plus. At 3 feet around these are a lot of bang for your buck! When buying, know that a portion of proceeds from this series is donated to the Make-a-Wish foundation through the patent provider, Plant Growers Australia. Who could wish for more?
Salvia Wendy’s Wish – Discovered 2005 Wendy Smith, Sue Templeton, AU – Developed by PGA
The first natural hybrid found by Wendy Smith in her garden, Victoria AU. This is a must-have for any hummingbird lover. The plant is large and flowers nearly year-round, though it is deciduous in colder areas it comes right back every spring for another show
Ember’s Wish – Developed by PGA – Named by Paul and Lynn Shegog
For anyone who loves coral flowers, this color is delicious! Just as florific as Wendy’s Wish but with a Hot New Look. Did we mention the hummingbirds?
Love and Wishes – Developed by John Fisher, Orange AU – Distributed by PGA
Currently planted front-and-center here at our studio garden, this one lends a new definition to ‘royal purple’. With rich purple flowers and deep purple calyxes, we think it’s drop-dead gorgeous next to Lomandra ‘Platinum Beauty’.
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