The Next Best Thing 2013: Part 3

Fairweather Gardens

Many of my favorite plants have come from Fairweather Gardens (, and I’m excited about its 2013 catalog offerings. Here are my choices:

True to its name, Hemerocallis ‘Milk Chocolate’ is a exquisite, brown daylily. I already grow a bunch — but more is better.  I’m not aware of another source for this wonderful, uniquely colored plant.  Z. 3-9.

copyright 2013  -  Lois Sheinfeld

copyright 2013 – Lois Sheinfeld


Rohdea japonica 'Galle'

Rohdea japonica ‘Galle’

Rohdea japonica ‘Galle’ is a 12-18 inch high, evergreen, shade perennial.  A handsome ground cover or edging plant, Galle has shiny, dark green leaves, short stalked pale-yellow spring flowers, and carmine-red berries in the fall. Z. 6-9.




My red-flowering Cytisus scoparius ‘Burkwoodii’ was so knock-your-socks-off gorgeous it took my breath away. (See photos below) That is, before the voles killed it.  Now that I’ve discovered VoleBloc ( See April  2012 Post, “Hot Tips: Vole Damage Protection” ), I can safely invite this ornamental woody beauty back into my life.  I’ve ordered three replacement plants. Happily, Fairweather assures me they will be blooming size. Cytisus is an easy-care plant: Provide sun and infertile, sandy soil; once established, there’s no need to feed or water. Z. 5-8.

 Baby 'Burkwoodi'copyright 2013  -  Lois Sheinfeld

Baby ‘Burkwoodii’
copyright 2013 – Lois Sheinfeld


 Mature 'Burkwoodi'copyright 2013  -  Lois Sheinfeld

Mature ‘Burkwoodii’
copyright 2013 – Lois Sheinfeld

Finally, I’ve chosen a new and distinctive tree to grace my garden:  Abies pinsapo ‘Aurea’ ( Golden Spanish Fir) is an eye-catching conifer with dense, sharp, prickly needles that emerge golden yellow before turning chartreuse green. This uncommon, slow-grower is suitable for a large or small garden and appreciates well drained soil with protection from intense afternoon sun. Z. 6-9.

 Abies pinsapo 'Aurea'

Abies pinsapo ‘Aurea’



Note: Fairweather Gardens is a small grower/nursery, so there are limited quantities of each plant. If you are interested, order now.