This hot, dry weather has kept me from plant shopping mid-summer as I usually do, but I finally went out to the Flower Factory last week to get some drought-tolerant plants for the Traffic Island. I put in four sedums, a Hummingbird mint (Agastache) and some Alliums that were being shaded out elsewhere in the garden. A little rain and a follow-up hit with the hose and everything seems to be settling in nicely.
Also picked up a Geranium dalmaticum with tiny leaves that was too cute to resist and two ferns: Parsley and Holly. Both of those ferns have done fairly well for me elsewhere in the garden given this difficult summer.
While at the Flower Factory I had a nice chat with owner Nancy Nedvick who told me they opened in 1988, another record drought year. Given the terrible gardening conditions we've been having, the Flower Factory looked fabulous with beautiful displays as lush and lovely as always — well worth the trip!