A new favorite mail order nursery is Plant Delights, located in Raleigh North Carolina.
On our last two trips to Georgia , we have not stopped because we thought it was too far from the Interstate. But my friendly conversation with Diane, informs me that it is too close not to stop on our next trip South! I just received a delivery yesterday, and the plant material was in spectacular condition. I am making a mental note to be less afraid of Summer shipping of plants. These arrived as if they were carried here from next door!
My friend at http://www.lettherebegarden.com asked me what I ordered and they might not look like much now so I have included a photo from Plant Delights to show the mature plant.
It will take some time before I see the orange fairy wings. Something to look forward to next year after another long Winter in the Northeast. Its not too soon to think about what you wanted in the garden in April and May but maybe lacked!
I envy my garden friends who have a stand of toad lilies when the rest of the garden is spent. I hope to join their league if this healthy stem will thrive and multiply! This is the description in the catalog :
|Tricyrtis hirta ‘Lightning Strike’ (Perennial Toad Lily)|
|This unusual attention-getting selection of the commonly grown Tricyrtis hirta makes an outstanding feature in the woodland garden. The bright golden foliage is streaked with green on 2′ tall arching stems. Even though the pattern of streaking is variable, we have had no green reversions in several years of trials. In early fall, the stems are highlighted with 1″ light lavender, orchid-like flowers in the leaf axil|
|Next is the lespedeza and here is the description:|
|“Thanks to plantsman Ted Stephens for bringing this wonderful new deciduous perennial lespedeza back from Japan and making it available. Lespedeza ‘Little Volcano’ is a selection of the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Lespedeza liukiuensis, unlike Lespedeza thunbergii, makes an upright clump instead of one whose branches are pendulous. The 6′ tall x 12′ wide mound of branches, clothed with small, dark green leaves, explodes, starting in mid-September, as the stems are smothered with bright red-purple flowers that last until mid-October…stunning! Pot Size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml)”|
|Zone 6-9, guessing|