Six on Saturday - October 17, 2020
On this Six I will be sharing my five new American Meadows https://www.americanmeadows.com/ perennials. They arrived last Friday, right as I was starting to feel the worst of my short viral illness. I unpacked them, removed the cardboard from the containers, watered them, and set them aside until Tuesday, when they were all planted. Five new plants, but only four types, so that leaves two more, one for a division, and one for transplants from seeds.
1 - Rose Marvel Sage
2 - KICKIN® Pink Chiffon Aster
That's right, not merely a Pink Chiffon aster, but a KICKIN® Pink Chiffon aster! It's thanks to all the aster photos in Six on Saturday posts that I finally broke down and ordered one.
3 - Maricachi™ Siesta Helenium or Sneezeweed
Don't ask me the difference between TM and R (Trademark and Registered trademark), go try to figure it out yourself! All I know I recently learned from reading how Banksy lost a trademark on one of his own works. Not sure if the same sort of thing applies to plants in the US, but it was an interesting read. Back to the sneezeweed, this is another "first" plant for me, and is planted in the front yard.
It was in the roughest of the bunch, but the best as to root system, and new growth is looking good. As with many fall plantings only Spring will tell how it does.
4 - PowWow® Wild Berry Coneflower
What names these tradmarked and registered plants have! I do see a pattern though. The protected name (KICKIN®, Mariachi™, and PowWow® are all the name of a series of plants. For instance, there are Mariachi™ Bandera, and Maricachi™ Salsa, and so forth.
While I wasn't terribly impressed, after years of wanting them, with my purple coneflowers, I got this Wild Berry one to break up the goldens in the Butterfly Garden, add a bit of pink to the coreopsis, false sunflower, and butterfly weed.
5 - Baptisia or False Blue Indigo
These two I grew from seed this past season (wintersown milk jug) and since they don't take to being transplanted when mature, I did it now, into the front yard. They are very pretty with their bluish foliage.
6 - Walker's Low Catmint
I divided my Walker's Low catmint, which has been in the same container since I got it in 2017. It still had plenty of growing room, but the center was rather compacted and hard. I just chopped it with the trowel and got three good-sized pieces and two small ones I put in pots. One was returned to the original container, with some new compost. Another is in the old asparagus bed (which needs a new name), and the last large chunk is in the front yard. I hope I don't grow to regret that. My own cats do not care for the smell of the leaves, but will the neighborhood cats?
For the first time Walker's Low self-seeded into a nearby pocket of the Juniper thyme pot.