Alliums, Helichrysum and more at Joy Creek Nursery
This past Memorial Day weekend, I decided to pay a visit to Joy Creek Nursery in Scapoose, OR. It was pleasantly cool and cloudy (a perfect day for photos), and besides, I hadn't been there since March...far too long without visiting my favorite nursery!
Normally, we've been able to park right next to the retail section of the nursery, but there was apparently a presentation of sorts going on and we had to park a little past the main drive. It turned out to be fortuitous, however, as we got to see the lovely meadow adjacent to the nursery itself. I have no idea what these grasses are, but was in love with their subtle red-tinted flowers.
There is a small farmhouse on the property, which is the perfect, idyllic structure for the surrounding gardens.
Yowler, the resident feline, gave us his usual warm welcome.
Here is one of the many gravel paths that snake their way throughout the garden, making for some lovely vignettes.
Geranium phaeum 'Lily Lovell'
One of the first plants that caught my eye was this deep purple Geranium (I'm guessing at the variety...so might be wrong). Love this deep, bruise-purple color...almost black, and so velvety. I wish I had remembered to look for this one later in the nursery...drat...oh well...another reason to go back!
Next to the previous Geranium was this slightly lighter one...still, what a nice, deep burgundy.
Not sure what variety of Lily this was...but love its crazy, medusa-esque foliage!
I love these rich, purple Columbines...they combine so well with practically every other color.
Persicaria bistorta 'Superba'
I have yet to find a Persicaria I don't love...and have been wanting one of these during my last few trips to Joy Creek...love those big, pink, bottlebrush blooms...so bright and airy...they look like they are glowing. It doesn't hurt that they also bloom all summer. Yup...bought one of these.
This is the first Amsonia I ever saw in real life...a few years ago, in it's autumn glory. It stopped me in my tracks and I asked them to call me in the spring when they had some available to purchase. Here it is just about to bloom...and while the blooms are nice, they are really not the main attraction, it's all about the foliage. I love that ferny, billowy effect...and wait until it reaches its full size later in the season and the stems start to arch out and down, billowing all over.
Joy Creek has quite a few different Sedums around on display and for sale...love how the blooms on this variety form little stars.
Sorry...I'm so bad with shrubs...maybe a type of St. John's Wort???
I used to hate the bigger Alliums, thinking them big and gaudy. Well, times have changed and I love them all...but I will always have a special place for common garden Chives...they have the loveliest silver-mauve flowers.
Who can keep track of all the different varieties...not me...so let's just enjoy!
Mystery Shrub #2
Hmmmm...another shrub to make me perplexed...any idea, anyone?
How can you not be impressed by the foliage of the Gunnera...the only thing more striking would be...
Every time I see a mature clump of this beautiful Euphorbia, it gives me hope for my tiny little plant! Seriously...what amazing color.
You know I love me some Oxalis.
I kept meaning to get some of this all spring, as it was for sale at every plant sale I attended. Now that I see it in flower, I'm in love all over again. I added this to my cart as well!
One of the bush-type Clematis about to bloom
I could be wrong about the type of Rodgersia this is...it's so hard to tell them apart! This large clump was up near the house...what amazing foliage!
Rodgersia and Astrantia
I was so agog at the Rodgersia that I didn't realize at first that right across the path was an enormous Astrania! Wow...if this is how big they really get, I definitely will have some moving around to do in the next few years!
Ahh...remember how I didn't like Alliums until a few years ago...yeah, me either!
Seriously, if I learned anything from this trip, it was that you can't have too many Alliums.
Even though I have so many Iris I couldn't possibly add more, I still have to stop and admire them...so lovely, those wonderful, rich jewel-tones and delicate bloom structure.
Imperata (Japanese Blood Grass)
I would plant some of this in a heartbeat...but it just never gets tall enough :-(
What is it about Delphinium that instantly makes me think of English cottage gardens...I would grow these if not for the requirement that each stem be staked.
I believe this is a Viburnum...could be wrong.
I'm not usually fond of variegated foliage...I don't know why...sometimes it just seems too busy. Hostas, fortunately, seem to usually get it right (although I've seen a few jump from hot to hot mess). This one balances the variegation nicely...just a nice splash of contrast...and how can you not love those giant, seer-sucker leaves!
Not sure of the variety...love it anyway!
Another one that I didn't catch the name of...love the duality of the leaf color...really striking, very graphic.
Another path leading us to more goodies!
This path leads up to a mature clump of Rodgersia podophylla...I think I've seen it called Duck Foot Rodgersia...easy to see why.
If you ever are in the Portland area, do visit Joy Creek...it's absolutely wonderful, both the nursery and the garden...well worth the short drive outside of town.
So, did I get anything...well...yes! I hadn't planned on actually getting anything, but it's too hard to resist, especially after being tempted by mature specimens in the display garden. I got one each of:
I had wanted one earlier this spring for the foliage, and after seeing how glorious they are in bloom, I knew I would find room for them in the garden!
Pimpinella major 'Rosea'
Another umbellifer...can't help myself, I just keep adding more and more of these beauties. I just love how wild and simple they are.
Parthenocissus henryi (Silver Vein Virginia Creeper)
I had been thinking of getting one of these for the new fence out back...but had been foiled by every nursery in town carrying only the solid green variety...found it here, folks!
Calamagrostis brachytricha (Korean Feather Reed Grass)
Yes, another grass...and even a grass I already have...but I just fell in love with these last year and decided to have several scattered in the back yard garden as a unifying presence.
Persicaria bistorta 'Superba'
The promise of those never-ending wands of flowers was too much to resist any longer ;-)