Harlequin’s Gardens’ 20/20 Sale
Greetings to our Gardening Friends!
Harlequin’s Gardens’ 20/20 Sale
Tuesday August 20th
Save 20% OFF the following selection of Plants & Products
(one day only, while supplies last)
Great planting weather is back, and for our AUGUST 20/20 SALE we have assembled a diverse group of favorite plants we love not only because they are beautiful, but also for their qualities of being neat, well-behaved, low-maintenance, long-lived, reliable, adaptable and water-wise. These perennials, ornamental grasses, and cacti have no notable disease or insect problems, require very infrequent trimming or tending, and do not sucker, spread underground, or produce a proliferation of unwanted seedlings.
And we have extended the sale to several excellent products we think you will appreciate.
Aethionema ‘Warley Rose’ (‘Warley Rose’ Persian Stonecress)
One of our all-time favorite rockery plants, being showy, long-blooming, well-behaved, hardy, long-lived and easy to grow. This exceptionally beautiful and durable perennial plant is a great addition to xeriscapes, rock gardens, walls, crevices, and troughs. It forms a neat, compact, shrubby evergreen mound of small linear gray-green leaves to ~4” tall and 12” wide, smothered in dense clusters of small, rich rose-pink flowers for weeks in May and June. ‘Warley Rose’ has earned the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. Grow in full sun in any well-drained soil, with low to moderate water. Good companions are Filligree Daisy, Thyme-leaf Veronica, Cerastium candidissimum, ‘Little Gem’ Evergreen Candytuft. Stonecress is native to sunny limestone mountainsides in Europe and West Asia, especially Turkey.
Marrubium rotundifolium (Silver-edged Horehound) *PLANT SELECT
One of our favorite xeriscape ground-covers! Marrubium rotundifolium makes a dense, prostrate, even cascading, evergreen mat of softly fuzzy spoonshaped leaves, pale green velvet with a white edge. It is an excellent companion for brightly colored flowers and the 1”-2” tall foliage mat will grow to 18-24” wide, with flower stalks rising to about 12”. The small cream-colored flowers are inconspicuous, but are adored by bees. Marrubium thrives in well-drained, dry soil, in full sun. Once established, it needs almost no supplemental water. Cold-hardy to at least 7,000’.
Acaena saccaticupula (Blue Goose-leaf, Blue New Zealand Burr)
This unusual ground-hugging hardy perennial has beautiful, tiny scalloped blue foliage. It is easy to grow and incredibly adaptable to almost any soil conditions (including poor, lean soil), stays very low (2-4”), and spreads up to 12” across. The tiny, inconspicuous green flowers and very small, round, mahogany, innocuous capsules on short stalks are few and far between, keeping the plant looking very tidy. Use to edge pathways, as an accent in rock gardens or hyper-tufa trough planters, let it creep among paving stones, or try under-planting with small spring-blooming bulbs like species crocus or ‘Little Beauty’ species tulips. Grow in full sun to part-shade, with moderate to low water. Deer-resistant, drought-tolerant, and cold-hardy to Zone 5 (4?).
Thymus baeticus (Spanish Lemon Thyme)
This vigorous, tough, little-known evergreen ground-cover and rockery thyme from Spain is one of the showiest – covered with clusters of lavender flowers in June, and very drought- tolerant and easy to grow. It reaches 5-6” tall and up to 24” wide. The hairy, linear foliage turns dark purple and looks good in fall and winter. Grows in full sun, in most soils with reasonable drainage. Copious flowers are great bee forage.Cold-hardy to Zone 5 (4?)
Nepeta Little Trudy *PLANT SELECT
The most compact catnip cultivar (to 8-10” tall and 12-16” wide), and one of the few that are sterile and will not self-sow. Because it does not set seed, ‘Little Trudy’ blooms continuously from April to October! This hybrid catnip was selected at a Colorado nursery for its distinctive serrated silver foliage & long season of lavender blooms. A very easy and reliable perennial, ‘Little Trudy’ thrives under average or dry conditions in most soils in full sun to part shade. The pleasantly aromatic foliage is very deer-resistant. Cold-hardy to 8,000’.
Nepeta x faassenii ‘Select Blue’ (‘Select Blue’ Catmint)
A distinctly blue-flowered selection of the very popular catmint Nepeta x faassenii discovered by David Salman of High Country Gardens. It is otherwise identical to the classic Faassen’s Catmint, which has become a cornerstone in xeriscapes because of its hardiness, longevity and long bloom. After the first flush of bloom in late spring, prompt deadheading will produce a second flush in late summer. The neat mound of gray-green foliage provides attractive texture and pleasing, deer-resistant fragrance, ‘Select Blue’ is sterile and will not reseed and make a weed of itself. Cut back dried foliage in late February to expose green basal growth. Very attractive to butterflies and bees. Grow in full sun or a.m. sun/ p.m. shade. 15” tall x 18” wide. Tolerates most soils with reasonable drainage, and very low to moderate water. Cold-hardy to 7,000’ or higher (Zone 4).
Dianthus gratianapolitanus ‘Blue Hills’ (Blue Hills Cheddar Pinks)
Probably the bluest-foliaged Dianthus, Blue Hills makes a low, dense, very blue mat of linear foliage 12-16” in diameter, from which rise many slender 4-6”-tall stems bearing lots of long-lasting, deliciously fragrant, 1”-wide, fringed, purple-pink flowers. A beautiful and tough plant for the front of the sunny, well-drained waterwise perennial bed or rock garden. Does not tolerate standing water and it’s probably best to avoid organic mulches. Good companions are Keller’s Yarrow, Cerastium candidissimum, Amethyst Falls Oregano. Hardy to Zone 4.
Anthemis marschalliana (Filigree Daisy) *PLANT SELECT
We love Filigree Daisy for its drought-tolerance and striking, long-lasting blooms.This hardy perennial thrives in the dry garden or rock garden in any well-drained, not-too-fertile soil. Blooms are glowing chrome-yellow 1”+ daisies in May and June on erect silver stems above a tidy low mound of finely dissected powdery grayish-white leaves. 6-12” tall and wide, Plant in full sun to partial shade. Native to the Steppe region of Western Asia (conditions just like ours!), & cold-hardy to 8,000’(Zone 4).
Erodium chrysanthum (Golden Storksbill) *PLANT SELECT
One of our favorite xeriscape perennials/groundcovers. Native to Greece, this long-lived, small, evergreen perennial is grown as much for its beautiful silvery mounds of evergreen, ferny foliage, which remains attractive all winter, as for its fragrant, creamy yellow flowers, which begin bloom in very early spring and rebloom sporadically through the season. An easy, adaptable plant for the front of a xeriscape border or rock garden, or edging a path. Good companions include Purple Sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurea’), Ornamental Oregano cultivars, Sedum ‘Matrona’ or ‘Purple Emperor’, Star of Persia Allium. Thrives in most garden soils with very low water once established. Forms a mat or mound 10”-25” wide, 4-10” tall. Cold-hardy to 8,000’, Zone 4.
Primula elatior (Oxslip) *PLANT SELECT PETITE
This charming, tough primrose tolerates more heat & drought than most of its kin. In April and May, clusters of soft yellow flowers, often fragrant, rise above pale green rosettes of crinkled foliage, bringing woodland character to an area of dry shade. Grow in part shade (afternoon or filtered shade), in most soils (tolerates clay). Grows to10-15” tall x 12-15” wide. Cold-hardy to Zone 4.
Digitalis mariana (Marian Foxglove)
A fine perennial foxglove for xeriscapes and rock gardens, with rosettes of soft, dark green foliage and strong 12” stems of lovely, large, pendant, spotted reddish-purple thimble-shaped flowers in late spring and early summer. One of the showiest flowers for water-wise gardens in part-shade. Pollinated by honeybees and bumblebees. Very adaptable, moderate water in sun, low water in part shade. All Foxgloves contain a toxin that affects the function of the heart. Deer will leave it alone. Native to poor and dry soils in the mountains of central Spain. Hardy to Zone 5.
Heuchera micrantha ‘Palace Purple’ (Palace Purple Coral Bells)
The elegant foliage of Palace Purple is an attractive deep purple above and beet-red beneath, with a lobed maple-like shape. It provides a striking contrast to its airy sprays of small pinkish-white ‘coral bell’ flowers on slender12-18” stalks, and to paler and variegated foliage plants such as Oxslip, Variegated Yellow Loosestrife, Norton’s Gold Oregano, or Euonymus ‘Harlequin’. It is very effective used as an edging plant, in masses of 5 or more plants as a groundcover, and as an individual accent. Unlike many of the newer colored-foliage Coral Bells, Palace Purple is a proven champion in relatively dry gardens with part-shade, filtered, or full shade. Provide compost-enriched, fertile soil and moderate to low water. Grows to12-18” tall and wide. Divide clumps in spring every 3-4 years. Foliage color may fade to bronze-green in hot summers. Cold hardy to 8,000’ (Zone 4)
Thymus ‘Clear Gold’ (‘Clear Gold’ Thyme)
The most golden of the gold thymes, this old cultivar is upright-growing to 2” tall and fast-spreading to 24” wide, suitable for groundcover use, providing wonderful charteuse-gold color and lemony fragrance along pathways and between pavers. Foliage may ‘fade’ to green in summer, but can be sheared to produce new golden foliage. ‘Clear Gold’ takes low to moderate water, grows in sun and in most soils with reasonable drainage and only moderate fertility (no manure, please). It appreciates some afternoon shade in xeriscapes. The preferred mulch for thyme is pea gravel or squeegee. Some good companions are Lavender, Silver Thyme, Turkish Veronica. Cold-hardy to Zone 5.
Heuchera pulchella (Sandia Coral Bells) *PLANT SELECT PETITE
This Southwest native is a miniature, extra cute version of the well-known Coral Bells, grows to 3-8” tall and 6-10” wide, and makes a tidy evergreen tussock of ruffled fresh green leaves. Spikes of petite rose-pink bells emerge in late spring, attracting hummingbirds and bees. Perfect in the rock garden, miniature or fairy garden. Grow in compost-amended soil with good drainage, in part sun, with moderate to low water. Cold-hardy to Zone 4.
‘Blonde Ambition’ Blue Grama grass *PLANT SELECT
30-36″ tall x 30-36″ wide. A different and exciting selection of our native Blue Grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis), sporting a long-lasting profusion of larger, showier ‘flowers’ are held horizontally above the leaves, looking like a swarm of blonde eyelashes or tiny flags. These provide exceptional winter interest. ‘Blonde Ambition’ is also an exceptionally large-growing selection, with 2 1/2 – 3’ tall, stiff, weather-resistant flower stems rising from a mound of blue-green foliage in mid-summer. This beauty is extremely cold hardy, grows in a wide range of soil types and is a perfect choice for low maintenance landscapes. Grows in most soils, including clay, and requires very little watering once established. Cold-hardy to Zone 4.
Blue Avena/ Blue Oat Grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens)
Slender blue-gray blades form a neat, open, evergreen, mounded tuft to 2-3’ tall and wide. Graceful arching sprays of light buff-colored seed spikes appear above the foliage in early-mid summer. Blue Avena looks great in all seasons, in any informal landscape, in groups or as single specimens. It performs well in most garden soils, in full sun or part shade, with moderate or low water (but not very dry). Try Blue Avena grass in front of tall perennials like Sea Kale, Ironweed, Pitcher Sage, Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), Texas Sand Sage, Hollyhocks, Snowbank Daisy (Boltonia). It does not need to be cut back in spring (in fact, it usually resents it). If it develops a lot of tan stems, they can be gently ‘combed’ out. Cold-hardy to 8,500’.
Cold-Hardy Ball Cacti: Many species, all regional natives.
all very xeric, most bearing very showy flowers, add care-free color and interest to your sunniest, driest gardens! Cold-hardy to Zone 5 or colder.
Escobaria vivipara (Beehive Cactus, Spinystar): 3”x 3”, CO native, many 1” glowing pink flowers.
Escobaria sneedii v. leei (Lee’s Pincushion): a teeny tiny treasure, a tidy, well-groomed cactus that can make a large cluster of tiny stems so covered with short white spines hugging the stems that they appear white. Very cold-tolerant (zone 4) if kept dry in winter (e.g under an overhanging roof). Provide sharply draining soil (add lava sand or expanded shale).Terrific for troughs or xeric rock gardens outdoors, pots indoors. Small flowers in shades of pink.
Echinocereus x lloydii (Lloyd’s Hedgehog): Similar to Claret Cup,columns 4-8” tall, gorgeous, large silky red-orange flowers.
Echinocereus viridiflorus (Green Pitaya): Native to our grasslands, plains and mountain parks. 3”x 3” low, rounded single stems or clumps , many pretty 1” chartreuse flowers.
Echinocereus fendleri (Fendler’s Hedgehog): A small hedgehog with upright cylindrical columns to 5”, bears beautiful large red-violet flowers.
Echinocereus reichenbachii albispinus (Lace Cactus): slowly forms impressive clumps 6-8”x4-6”. Showy white to tan radial spines, stunning pink-purple flowers in late spring.
ALSO 20% OFF:
BOOKS: We have the best books for Front Range gardeners! Here are just a few…..
The Undaunted Garden 2nd edition (Lauren Springer Ogden), Xeriscape Plant Guide (Denver Water), Vegetable Gardener’s Bible (Ed Smith), Four-Season Harvest (Elliot Coleman), Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land (Gary Paul Nabham), Dryland Gardening (Bennet), Cutting Edge Gardening in the Intermountain West (Marcia Tatroe), The Resilient Farm & Homestead (Ben Falk), Cacti & Succulents for Cold Climates (Leo Chance), Hardy Succulents (Gwen Moore Kelaidis), Homegrown Herbs (Tammi Hartung), Attracting Pollinators (Xerces Society), Bountiful Container (McGee & Stuckey), Seed to Seed (Suzanne Ashworth), Carrots Love Tomatoes (Riotte), Organic Gardeners Companion (Shellenberger), Plant-Driven Design (Lauren S. & Scott Ogden), The Wild Garden (Robinson/Darke), & MANY MORE!
A byproduct from a Front Range organic mushroom grower. The mushroom is just the above-ground part. The miles of mycelium fibers below comprise the majority of what’s in mushroom compost. The rest is composted sawdust and manure. This compost has a wonderful texture, and is an excellent soil amendment in vegetable gardens, perennial beds, etc.
TULSI TEA from Holy Basil
We are now carrying several kinds of Tulsi Tea. Tulsi Basil, also known as Holy Basil, Ocimum sanctum, has been used in India for thousands of years for its many benefits to human health. The list of benefits includes reduced stress, support immune system, aids digestion, balances energy, anti-allergy, promotes mental clarity etc. Plain tulsi is good by itself, the rose formula is wonderful for calming stress, the Jasmine tulsi is very floral, the India Breakfast is a non-jangling black tea with tulsi, and tulsi with ginger is soothing to the stomach and warming.
Mikl has been using these teas and highly recommends them.
The Tulsi Tea, the Damask Rose, the Jasmine and the Ginger used in these teas are all raised organically and bio-dynamically in India by a very socially responsible company, Organic India. They are giving people uplifting jobs in healthy working conditions with decent pay.
We appreciate your support and we hope to see you soon!
Eve & Mikl Brawner and the wonderful staff at Harlequin’s Gardens