Foliage Follow-up is sponsored by Pam Penick at her blog Digging for bloggers to highlight the foliage in our gardens on the 16th of each month. For July 2013 I'm highlighting some of my recent impulse purchases. I've never been much of an impulse shopper, preferring to stick to a plan for most of my purchases. I take the opposite approach when shopping for plants and purchase many plants on a whim, choosing whatever looks interesting, colorful, and fun at the moment I'm in the garden center.
That's how I acquired this variegated St. Augustine grass.
Standard St. Augustine is no longer allowed for new turf grass installations in the city due to a city ordinance to reduce summer watering. Less thirsty turf grass options are still allowed in the city and this variegated version is sold as an ornamental plant. It might have been nostalgia for this twist on the familiar lawn of my childhood or the idea of having an outlawed plant which prompted me to pick this one up. Either way it's fun to have a bit of it in a container near the deck. And I don't expect DH to mow it since we haven't mowed anything for several years.
Shopping online doesn't stop me from making impulse purchases either. While ordering ornamental grasses from Santa Rosa Gardens last winter I spotted this Artemesia Silver Brocade and added it to the order. I'm happy I did. Since it arrived as a tiny plant I've kept it on the deck for a few months.
No buyer's remorse here. I love silvery plants and this one is a beauty.
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