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    Nan Ondra

    Three beautiful and intriguing choices, Susan. That agave is especially stunning. I can just imagine it in a dark red pot, as you suggest. By the way, I love your "Does this come in anything besides green?" category!

    Thank you, Nan! I loved the detailed photos from your own post and feel a little guilty now for only highlighting three. I hope you'll guest post for us again! It's wonderful seeing fresh perspectives, particularly from someone like yourself with so much to share.

    Laura Schaub

    What gems! They all go on my list too, esp. that Seslaria...I've used S. autumnalis and this looks even better. Thank you!!

    You and I definitely have the same taste - we like 'em beautiful but tough! I loved your list.

    Ivette Soler


    I love all three - I haven't used Anigo 'Kanga Yellow' because I am so addicted to 'Harmony' - but I will try it right away!

    And hello - any agave is going to have me chair dancing, but especially 'Blue Glow'! I LOVE it! I have 7 in my garden and am always looking for another place for this petite beauty.

    And this Sesleria is a grass that makes other grasses green with envy (BAhahahahaha!!! omg I can't believe I said that. Let's keep it between us, okay?)

    Lovely, SuMo!

    I saw we both mentioned agaves and kangaroo paw! If it wasn't clear from my post, I'm most excited when I find new cultivars that are SMALL. I'm always trying to jazz up small spaces without the need for endless pruning. Rebecca is a Harmony nut as well so it would certainly be ego-satisfying if I talked either of you into trying an alternative. Maybe I'll ruin my careful front yard color scheme by sneaking in some yellow and seeing if this one lives up to the hype.

    Robert Webber

    Great choices, but i think you should have talked about Rozanne. Very useful and flowers for yonks. Put a load into one of our gardens, juxtaposed with box cubes. The client kicked at it in front of me describing it as a weed. I nearly kicked him!
    Thanks for sharing such great choices
    best R

    Robert, I am so addicted to Geranium Rozanne in my own garden and in clients' that I feared eyes would glaze over if I mentioned it AGAIN. How could anyone call such a hardworking, well-behaved sweetheart a weed? I applaud your restraint.

    Rebecca Sweet

    Listening to Debra's presentation clearly inspired the both of us! I went out and bought 3 Blue Glow Agaves a few weeks ago and can't wait to find a home for them in my own garden. Why haven't I planted Greenlee's grass before? Thanks for introducing me to this one - can't wait to try it!

    If you can't find the room, I can help you out! I even have a sweet little red pot just WAITING for a new tennent.

    Jocelyn/the art garden

    Wow, winners all! Zone envy rears her ugly head again, but I'll survive. Thanks for the introductions!

    That's exactly how I feel when I see lush, humid gardens. But I saw from your plant list we have a few favorites in common - in fact, I recommended Hawthorne as a substitute for the ubiquitous ornamental pears in a recent Fine Gardening article.


    Just what I need -- another agave to grow in a pot for bringing indoors in the winter. But I may just have to add 'Blue Glow' to my collection now. And I like the Greenlee Moor Grass too; wonder if it would grow well in Austin?

    Instead of the crazy cat lady, you can be the crazy agave lady. :-) The sesleria should do fine where you are - I think it is just as hardy as its parents. But I'm not sure how widely available it is, although it could always be ordered from Greenlee's nursery.

    Susan aka Miss R

    I really would not have minded more waxing poetic about Rozanne...thanks for mentioning APLD also. I often think I'm just one zone short of paradise--in my mind I bump it up to 7 to grow some of these!

    I think zone envy is the norm. We're Sunset zone oriented around here, so I'm constantly sneaking zone 15 plants into my zone 14 garden. I win some and I lose some.


    I'm with Miss R - you can wax poetical about Rozanne anyday - though I did get a "yawn" from my nursery pals the last time I mentioned her. Sheesh, pros get so jaded sometimes!!

    I love your choices and will def. check out Sesleria. It's a new one to me, though that may be because it wouldn't like all my rain. Research, here I come!

    lostlandscape (James)

    Love that agave. The neon edges really help define the form of a plant that already has great structure!

    Rebecca and I gave a presentation at Cottage Gardens nursery in Petaluma last weekend, and the oohs and ahhs when we demonstrated vertical ideas using succulents was significant. They are hard to resist.

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    Great creativity, but i think you should have talked about Rozanne. Very useful and flowers for yonks. Put a load into one of our gardens, juxtaposed with box cubes. The client kicked at it in front of me describing it as a weed. I nearly kicked him!
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