Today’s photos are from Nich, who works as a plant breeder and grower at Edward’s Greenhouse in Boise, Idaho, which is in USDA Zone 6.
This beautiful view is from the Bogus Basin Recreation Area.
This unusual little succulent is an intergeneric hybrid called Aloinopsis that was bred from species native to South Africa that are surprisingly winter hardy as long as they don’t get too wet in the winter. On this seedling, the flowers are canary yellow on the first day they open and then age to orange.
A beautiful Agave havardiana collects snow in the cold of winter. This is one of the hardiest of the agave species, surviving into Zone 6 or 7 and especially doing well in dry climates.
Usually I think of lupines as being grown for their flowers, but this one, Lupinus albifrons, is treasured for its incredible silvery foliage.
Pelargonium is a genus most of us know for the tender zonal geraniums that are so commonly grown as annuals, but this species, Pelargonium endlicherianum, is winter hardy with good drainage, surviving into Zone 6. Nich grew this from seed.
The hardy prickly pear, Opuntia woodsii (Zones 5–9), has beautiful flowers. In addition to them, this one has pads that stay firm and upright during the winter rather than shriveling up and collapsing in the cold like so many of the cold-hardy prickly pears do.
Cotyledon orbiculata looks like it would be a tender plant, but it can survive into Zone 6 in the right conditions. It has beautiful silver powdered leaves and bright orange flowers.
Castilleja integra (Zones 4–8) with Penstemon heterophyllus (Zones 6–10) bloom together in the spring. Both will rebloom if cut back before they set seed.
Echinocereus triglochidatus (Zones 6–9) is an incredible hardy cactus. This particular plant is special to Nich because it was selected by his husband, Robb, out of thousands of plants for its flower size, color, and overall form. Clearly Robb has good taste!
If you want to see more from Nich, check out his Instagram.
Have a garden you’d like to share?
Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!
To submit, send 5-10 photos to [email protected] along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are located, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants, or funny stories from your garden.
Have a mobile phone? Tag your photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #FineGardening!
Do you receive the GPOD by email yet? Sign up here.
Thanks, Nich. It's fun to see plants in such a different climate. Great pops of color and cool textures!
So cool. Incredible colors. Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful! I never met a succulent I didn't like, but most of mine have to live indoors here in zone 5.
Your "Pelargonium endlicherianum" (I've never heard of them before) really caught my eye and then to read that you even grew it from seed- I'm impressed!
I don't think I've ever seen most of your plants, and all growing in the USA and so exotic and different than our gardens in Pennsylvania!
An enjoyable post!
Oh and PS...your " Lupinus albifrons" is just amazing, and I'm glad there are some fallen tree leaves in the photo to show how delicate leaves are- just gorgeous!
Fantastic - thanks for sharing these most enjoyable photos of wonderful plants!
The flower is so pretty. I might add some of this in my new car
next week. Anyone know where can I buy a small portion of this type of flower ?
Log in or create an account to post a comment.Sign up Log in