wee plant therapy

wee plant therapy

I was in the neighborhood, sorta, so it’s not really my fault. And look at these sweet plants.

Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Pamela Harris’

It would have been criminal to leave them behind. And it’s not like I bought everything. I left a few things for other gardeners.

For instance, I did not buy this Fatsia. I already have two–and I only had a place for one as it was. I gave the other one to Megan. She had a space for it.

Fatsia japonica ‘Murakumo Nishiki’ already in my garden.

I’ve fallen for Crape Myrtles. Anyone else?

Lagerstroemia x faurei ‘Yuma’ aka Zuma Crape Myrtle

This Yuma Crape Myrtle was still available when I left the nursery. I already have it too. But I’m always confounding its name with L. ‘Zuni’. Thought snapping this shot would help me remember. This plant is a Floozy. Who said I don’t like fanciful flowers that much? Oh right. That was me. (Also, I have a friend with a cat named Zuma. So chances are, the correct name is never going to stick.)

Lagerstroemia fauriei ‘Yuma’

I put the Yuma Crape Myrtle smack in the center of the round bed. I’ve moved a couple of other plants that I’d originally planted in the center. But this girl has probably staked her claim.

Oh, and one more Crape Myrtle–but for my neighbors’ yard. So that doesn’t count either. Their south-facing stucco wall is the backdrop to our front garden. And they put up with me.

Lagerstroemia ‘Pink Velour’


Neighbors south-facing stucco wall. (With peek of Mt. St. Helens on the horizon. Not much snow now.)

L. ‘Pink Velour’ goes right in the corner near the house. Perfect, no?

So that’s all for now. Fingers crossed, we’ve got some real rain head our way. It’s supposed to be perfect weather for planting. I’d love to hear about your latest shopping escapades. Any new acquisitions? Just be forewarned: I’m not above stealing your good ideas.


P.S. Fall PlantFest by Hardy Plant Society PDX is next weekend! It’s a good one. Don’t miss it if you live in the area.


  • Evan

    Plant therapy is the best. I’m still not a fan of crape myrtle flowers, but I’ve long been a fan of their beautiful bark!

    • I love the bark too, probably my favorite feature. All the rest of the year-round interest is bonus to me. p.s. next time you’re in the neighborhood–outside school hours–stop by and we can go push the kids out of the way to do the zip line on the Faubion playground. It’s my new therapy. And so much fun.

  • Tim Vojt

    Nice haul! I just bought a variegated Liriope (How the heck do you pronounce that) that looks a little bit like your cool Ophiopogon. Love that and have never seen it before. I’ve got my new Acer x pseudosiebolidian “North Wind’ planted and got four new Helleborus in the mail yesterday. Sept-Oct is the time for indulging, buying and planting!

    • I didn’t know that maple, but I see it’s introduced by Iseli. I love their plants, but haven’t visited their nursery, which is not far outside Portland. I’d love to add them to plantlust.com but haven’t wooed them adequately yet. I love fall season. Excited about the HPSO sale on Saturday. The nurseries who participate bring great wares–and there’s a talk by Sean Hogan from Cistus nursery beforehand. He’s a good guy, one of our earliest supporters–and so damn knowledgeable. Thanks for popping in. Cheers, Tim.

      • Tim Vojt

        Iseli really does great introductions that often factor in the entire country as far as hardiness is concerned. I guess you’ll have trouble wooing them since they seem to be only wholesale. Have fun at the HPSO sale. I’m so jealous!!

  • ricki grady

    I did not enjoy the extreme heat of this summer, but the crape myrtles obviously did. I have one that’s been in the ground for ever so long and just bloomed for the first time.

    • You were there early, Ricki. I just added mine during the past couple seasons–and all bloomed this year. Even the tiny one. Hot is terrible.

  • Alyson CooperWilliams

    Oh goodness…cleaned up on some shrub type Manzanitas and Penstemon pinifolius at the Fall Plant Fest for my back slope that I’m attempting to go ‘native.’ Now I need to get some more native-ish plants. Also ordered 1/4 lb of Ca. poppy seeds and loads Camas bulbs for the slope, which contains a drain-field for the kitchen and shower (so I have to be careful what is planted in that area). Have become intrigued with plant communities, natives, and pollinators this last year. When I moved up here 28 years ago I fell in love with our PNW eclectic+Asian style but with the recent dry summers I’m moving to more sustainable planting. My exotic plants needed a lot of care but the natives and mediterraneans just exploded with bloom this summer.

    • When people ask about my gardening style, I generally say ADD. And that’s true. But it’s fun, isn’t it, to change your perspective as you along. I think I’m always going to be experimenting, and don’t much lament the loss of particular plants–more see as opportunity. But like you, I’m trying to add more natives, primarily for the birdies and pollinators. Thanks for popping in, Alyson. Nice to hear from you; it sounds like you’re having a good time in the garden.