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Look What I Found!

Posted by suja z7 noVA (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 27, 07 at 23:46

Every few weeks, generally on a Thursday or Friday, I swing by Merrifield (in Fairfax) to check on their sale plants. Usually, it's not much, but occasionally, I see something I like, for a throw away price.

Walking along the shrubs, usually chock full of Nandinas with the occasional Rhododendron thrown in for good measure, I stopped at something that looked interesting. Ooh, Viburnum! A dwarf Viburnum trilobum, a little damaged, probably by the late freeze, but mostly green. Don't like to buy just one plant, but then the next plant stopped me in my tracks, and I ran off to find a cart for myself. When all was said and done, I picked up the Viburnum trilobum, 2 Corylopsis pauciflora, Deutzia 'Nikko', Physocarpus 'Summer Wine', Enkianthus 'Red Bells' and a Kniphofia (all in 5-7 gallon pots) for about 50 bucks. I was walking around like the cat that ate the canary for the rest of the evening.

They still had the Viburnum (all the other ones are marked at 20 bucks each), Deutzia, Physocarpus and Enkianthus when I left.

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RE: Look What I Found!

What a haul Suja! Luck was on your side. Happy planting!

RE: Look What I Found!

I have a Korean Spice viburnum, which almost knocks you out with its scent. Of course I have the physocarpus (3 of them, so far) and Kniphofia, but the others sound... dangerously interesting.

Enjoy! I'll bet your yard is looking fantastic!
Oh - I lost 3 Agastache, which were in a raised bed and very happy last year. Bummer. But! Replaceable.


RE: Look What I Found!

  • Posted by suja z7 noVA (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 29, 07 at 21:48

6 in the ground, one Kniphofia (Bressingham Comet) to go.

I didn't get as much done as I had hoped. The flower beds are awfully weedy right now, because I've been BAD about mulching them.

Sorry about your Agastache, Christine. The happiest ones I have are right under my huge maple, on top of the slope. I think that they really like it *that* dry. And, you have to get your paws on some of that Cranberry Viburnum; they always come up in the top of the list of good native shrubs with multi-seasonal interest, with white flowers, berries for the birds, and good fall color.

RE: Look What I Found!

For those of you who don't know about deutzia 'Nikko,' you should really look it up and buy one (or two or three). This is a great, low-growing shrub that blooms for a pretty long time in the spring and is quite fragrant. Healthy, not subject to JB damage.

Does really well in mixed perennial borders.

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