April 11, 2013

Touch of gray

Is it my own touch of gray that made me fall for this ‘Silver Shadow’ astelia in the Test Garden at Sunset magazine HQ last month?

My nurseryman friend Pat FitzGerald in Ireland bred this plant, and the Sunset Western Garden Collection nabbed exclusive rights. Grow this indoors anywhere, and outdoors if you’re a temperate type.

Who says silvery foliage (or hair) isn’t the best?

San Francisco Chronicle—-Deadhead alert! Deborah Koons Garcia is into dirt.



Cherie says:

I’m feeling a little GRAYish lately, too, Charlotte. Thanks for not covering it up! c:

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 7:13 am.

Susan Morrison says:

For anyone near Walnut Creek in the East Bay, I’m helping install several plants from the Sunset Collection for a part shady demonstration garden for The Gardens at Heather Farms next Tuesday. In addition to the luscious Astilia you’ve highlighted, other plants from the collection include ‘Everillo’ carex, ‘Soft Caress’ mahonia, Dianella variegata, ‘Diamond Heights’ Ceanothus and ‘Purple Diamond’ loropetalum. Ultimately the plants will be labeled, so it’s a great way to check them out in a garden setting to “shop” for your own garden!

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 7:32 am.

Charlotte @Dirt du jour says:

Cherie, I’m really working the “silver threads among the gold” bit. The Dead help too.

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm.

Charlotte @Dirt du jour says:

Susan Morrison, I like the sound of that demo garden at Heather Farms!

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 6:46 pm.

Adam says:

“I’m feeling a little GRAYish lately, too”

Couldn’t agree more..

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 11:53 pm.

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