I discovered a fantastic new site for dry garden inspiration. That Lambley Nursery and gardens in Victoria, Australia is on the other side of the world matters little to me as I am using it to discover new plants and see them used in ways I haven’t enjoyed before.
Some plants are eluding me — like the white flower in front of the yucca? Anyone know it?
Same goes for the pink plant here. From the image below –which is identified as Phlomis and Gladiolus – I gather it to be the gladiolus – but I have a need to know which one….as this is not your (off trend) tacky 70′s glads….these are stunners!
Looking around this dry garden, I’ve resolved to give a few new things a try….one is Zauschneria californica ‘Western Hills’ (the red plant) - I have found it in the US at High Country Gardens. (up close below)
Also – I am tired of dreaming about Echinops. I am going to plant some and so I can have my own purple ball party (I’m looking for bulk seeds…probably going to buy them here). I’ve got just the place for a big masse like the one by the bench.
But I am disappointed to learn that not only can I not find — but presumably couldn’t grow this fluffy white friend of echinops in this picture. (I love the purple and silver white combo!!)
It is called Bystropogon canariensis - CANARY ISLAND SMOKE BUSH. It is an evergreen (or should I say evergrey) shrub that is a relative of other woody herbs like oregano and thyme. I wonder how it tastes? Have you seen it before?
images from lambley nursery