A trip to Annie's Annuals to see what's in stock
Last week I received an update from Annie's Annuals - an item on my wish list was in stock. I think it must have been 2 or 3 yrs ago that added anything to their wish list so there was a bit of mystery involved as I opened the email. "Aloe africana! I wonder what else they've been growing?"
Time for a visit - it's less than an hour away if we leave early enough to avoid traffic. As an extra enticement Annie's was in the middle of a 20% off sale.
|First stop at Annie's - the succulent section|
|Yucca gloriosa variegata|
|More Aeonium nobile|
|Dyckia "Brittle Star"|
Tree Aloes for some reason are one of my favorite plant categories AND A. alooides was on my "want it" list so I was very happy to see it offered for sale that day.
|Young Aloe alooides close-up|
|Young Aloe vaombe|
Another tree aloe on my 'want it' list - at this point I was very happy.
|Sedum "Lime Zinger"|
This shot doesn't do the "lime" in "Lime Zinger" justice. I like this plant for a ground cover and use it in my backyard. Unfortunately the deer like it too and so I can't use it in the front yard.
|Agave ovatifolia "Frosty Blue"|
Ah yes, ovatifolia a favorite of many. I have some planted already but was still tempted...
Ok - let's quickly check in on how some of the landscape succulents (and supporting cast members) are growing in the beds at Annie's.
|You can checkout but never leave?|
|Looking away from the succulent area toward the checkout area|
|Approaching the Annie's shade area|
Annie's always seems to have several types of Verbascum - a favorite of my wife.
|My partner in crime|
She tolerates my style of dry gardening and maybe even likes a few of the Aloe's - but being a Kiwi means her gardening heart lies elsewhere.
I'm relatively new to Feverfew having just planted some last year - to my surprise it's done well in our sometimes hot and windy yard. In fact it's done a little too well - I didn't read the label and assumed it wouldn't grow very big - wrong.
|Classic, axial views make plant shopping that much more enjoyable!|
Years ago (pre-succulent craze) when I first saw plants from Annie's at my local nursery I was impressed by their array of interesting, unusual Salvia and Penstemon. I still associate Annie's with Salvia.
Some Salvia make nice companion plants for Aloes and Agave because of relatively low water needs + contrast in texture and leaf shape. There is a new Salvia canariensis already in my front garden which should help keep the deer away.
|Salvia sclarea "Piemont"|
|Nepeta tuberosa (catmint relative)|
The sign had me at 'Mediterranean climate', 'drought tolerant' and of course the purple flowers. Picked one up to tuck between a few agaves.
|Annie's - CA native plants section|
|Our haul for the day|
|A much needed lunch break|
I of course just highlighted the plants that caught my attention (Aloe alooides and Aloe speciosa being the best finds) - but there's soo much more. I've found the succulent section at Annies to be hit or miss depending on what they decided to propagate the previous year. This year seems to be a hit!