foliage follow-up…all new

Schefflera delavyi

Schefflera delavyi

Finally, at the HPSO Plant Fest, I found a small Schefflera delavayi within my price range. Cistus was the vendor and here’s what the plant tag has to say about it: “In our never ending search for garden hardy evergreen Schefflera relatives, here’s one that’s actually a Schefflera. This Himalayan species grows eventually to 6 or 8 ft and can have leaves in excess of 2 ft with an exquisite tawny indumentum. So far has proven hardier that even Fatsia to a low USDA zone 7!!” Can you tell I’m just a little bit excited?

Brunnera 'Alexander's Great'

Brunnera ‘Alexander’s Great’

More Plant Fest finds: that’s Brunnera ‘Alexander’s Great’ in the background, even bigger and bolder than its predecessors. It and the Kniphofia ‘Orange Vanilla Popsicle’ in front of it came from the Jockey Hill stand.

Fatshedra

Fatshedra

This wonderful Fatshedra came from Alison at our Bloggers’ Bazaar. The variegation reminds me of Fatsia ‘Camouflage’, another wish list plant. That does it, since I decided to focus on new foliage plants for this installment of Pam’s (Digging) monthly festival of foliage.

28 thoughts on “foliage follow-up…all new

  1. Oh, I’m so happy to see that plant doing so well for you! I’m glad you love it. It is very like Fatsia ‘Camouflage,’ which has even bigger leaves. Good choices from the Plant Fest too. I have a Schefflera delavayi that is doing well, can’t waitt o see it all grown up.

  2. Nice new additions! It’s amazing how much cheaper those schefflera are from specialty nurseries like Cistus and Far Reaches compared to garden centers that get theirs from Monrovia.

  3. Now I know that Scheffleras come from the Himalayas. for some reason I always thought they were from the highlands of Latin America. Enjoy ‘Alexander’s Great’, I have only the straight species Brunnera, but I can see it has the capacity for some really huge leaves.

  4. The first toad we kept as a pet was a big femlae we named Jabba. I take it this toad is a femlae as well, given the size. We found her one night on our cement back porch. I take it she came up there in search of bugs as we had a light out there. Somehow she managed to climb up 4 steps that are about 10 inches high each. I always wondered how she got up there since toads are not known for their leaping abilities.

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