Six on Saturday – W21/2020 – New plants in May

On Monday both my orders arrived from an online nursery in Victoria. The first order had been placed mid-March, with dispatch being mid-May. The second order was placed 2 weeks ago. Then on Wednesday we did a quick shop in nearby Maleny, and visited the Forest Heart Econursery (thanks to Jim Stephens, garden ruminations, for the recommendation). For this weeks Six on Saturday I will show you some of the new plants. If you are keen to see what other gardeners are doing in their gardens, head on over to The Propagator, who hosts the Six on Saturday. You will able to admire what is happening in gardens around the world.

Firstly, Sempervivums. Inspired by Sedumsdahliasandhayfever’s posts which feature many Sempervivumns, I jumped at the chance to purchase some from the online nursery’s ‘new line’ of plants. The bundle included the following varieties, ‘Sugar Shimmer’, ‘Plum Parfait’, ‘Silver Suede’ and ‘Appletini‘. The plants arrived as plugs, and I have potted them up into a single pot, adding some pebbles and a weathered rock.

2. Kniphofia uvaria ‘Traffic Lights‘ has a striking colour contrast between the top and bottom flowers. This is a summer flowering species.

3. Heuchera Black Taffeta with its dark rich foliage, which will contrast nicely its my other three Heuchera. This new specimen will also be potted up into a large single pot, as the plants do not thrive the ground in my garden. I found it difficult to capture the true deep colour of the leaves, and the pictures below are the ones closest to showing the true colour.

4. All the Sixes who showed off their delightful Helleborus hybrids inspired me for the next purchase, one of the online nursery ‘specials’, namely Single Yellow ‘Picotee Gold Nectaries’. From the picture of the flowers on the website, they are single pale yellow flowers, with red veination spreading from the base of the flower outwards.

Unpacking the new arrivals. The Hellebore is on the right.

5. Gunnera tinctoria (Ornamental rhubarb). The first time I saw a Gunnera (G. perpensa) many, many moons ago was while on a botanical excursion, and I remember being fascinated by the size of its leaves. When my Dad moved to London he absolutely loved the Gunnera plants in Bushy Park, and there are plenty of photos to prove it! I guess it was on the cards that I should try and grow one, and I have just the place for it – a damp corner at the bottom of the garden.

Finally, I will end this week’s Six by showing you the two new plants I bought from the native plant nursery in Maleny. The first is a dainty leaf Snowy Mint Bush, Prostanthera nivea which is native to Queensland. It grows around one to four meters in height, bearing lovely lovely white flowers in spring. It should be ideally suited to the garden, and I am looking forward to September/October when it flowers.

The second plant is native hibiscus with very dark coloured leaves, that has a growth habit similar to that of Rosella. The young leaves are edible, and I am looking forward to trying some when it has established itself a little more.

Until next week, happy gardening!


    • I’m looking forward to seeing the mint bush in flower; I think it will look amazing!. I have become fond of the Heuchera because of their leaf colours, which compliment each other. I can only grow them in pots here, as they don’t appear to like the clay soil. There are some amazing leaf colours now!

  1. Out of nostalgia I checked out Forest Heart’s plant list. Reminded me we bought our hosts a white cat’s whiskers from there, which has been a big hit. It also made me realise that no-one over here would know what Rosella was; saw quite a bit of that in the forest at Mt Mee, the flowers almost always out of camera reach.

    • The cat’s whiskers is a huge hit in my garden too. It is a lovely shrub. Oops! I didn’t think about the Rosella not being known over there. We grew Rosella during our first summer here, but the plants take up far too much room,and have such a long growing period that it is just not worthwhile planting them again. We also found that we could buy a huge bag of fruit for only a few dollars at local farmers markets. I must keep a lookout for the native Hibiscus on walks (which are too few at the moment).

  2. The colour of your Heuchera Black Taffeta is really intense – that’s going to look fabulous. Careful with the Hellebore – they’re addictive – once you see it in flower, you’re going to want more…and… 😁
    I’m looking farwd to seeing your Snowy Mint Bush flower later in the year too.

    • I have a good idea that if this hellebore survives, then there will definitely be more in my garden next year! I’m thrilled with my mint bush purchase. I now have to decide where to plant it. Luckily it is a native plant, so hopefully it will be happy growing in the ground. I seem to have an increasing number of potted plants in the garden, as those plants need more soil drainage than my garden soil offers!

  3. I was trying to comment earlier today, so I’m glad you seem to have fixed the problem. Your hibiscus is fascinating with those dark leaves. Is it a syriacus or is it the tropical kind? I also love the dark leafed heuchera, just the sort of thing I’m looking for to set off my caramel one.

    • Thank you for trying to comment again. I’m not too clued-up on these techie things, so here’s hoping the problem is fixed. I’m not sure what the species of the Hibiscus is. I will try and contact the nursery this week to ask them. The ‘Black Taffeta’ would definitely set off the caramel one – you will have to get one!

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