After another post here (I can't find it now - the poster mentioned they'd seen a variegated compacta at one of the box stores), I stopped by Lowe's yesterday and indeed found a variegated compacta in GREAT shape! Must have just arrived. I've been so good this year - I've only traded and haven't bought a single plant. (This living within our meager means bites!) But I splurged and spent the $10 to get this one I've been wanting for some time. And it was the one I really wanted - H. compacta 'Regalis', with the variegation on the edges. Score!
I'm just glad they didn't have anything else I've been looking for or it would have been painful to choose one or the other!
Denise in Omaha