Foliage Follow Up – June 2015

Last year, I attended the Garden Blogger’s Fling here in Portland. It is essentially three days jam-packed with visiting the most fabulous gardens the city has to offer. In the very last garden we visited (Bella Madrona) I saw a small tree that damn near made me wet my pants. What is it, I whispered, with a hard-to-control quiver in my voice. I learned it was an Itea ilicifolia. It looked like this:

Itea ilicifolia

Judging from two recent acquisitions, I have a thing for long, dangly things. (Shut up William – I know what you’re thinking…). Anyway, the other day, when I visited our local rockstar nursery Xera, I had barely set foot inside the gate when I saw this:

Itea ilicifolia

Instantly, I recognized the long, dangly things. Could it be…? Yes, oh my god- YES!!! It was!!!! Supreme strategic product placement in this fine retail establishment turned me into a total sucker in a matter of a split second. Although I had had no real aspirations to shop, (I was only idling my time away while the kids were playing tennis) I walked out of there with my very own Itea, a big grin on my face, and practically drooling. Only, what now? Now, what do I do with it??

Once I collected myself enough to take a closer look at the whole plant (not just the danglies), I realized that the leaves are pretty cool too. They are a nice, glossy green, and quite geometric in a stretched-out hexagonal way, and rather holly-esque. And this, my friends, is the reason this post is my contribution to Foliage Follow-Up – a meme hosted by Pam at Digging in Austin, TX. Click over to her to see what other fab foliage is celebrated around our Globe.

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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19 Responses to Foliage Follow Up – June 2015

  1. Alison says:

    I have a thing for long, dangly things too. Do you have a Garrya elliptica? They have wonderful dangly flowers. Kudos on your score of the Itea.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh yes, I love Garryas… I don’t have room, though – would LOVE to have one. Mind you, I don’t have room for the Itea either. 😦 The other score I got at Hortlandia was a Stachyrus. That too has green danglies. I really should get a Garrya, shouldn’t I? Three would make it quite a collection… Hmmm… now you’ve got me thinking…

  2. Mark and Gaz says:

    That’s a beauty, have taken note of the name!

  3. Pauline says:

    A beautiful plant with fantastic flowers as well as leaves. Yes, do find room for a Garrya, then you will have dangling flowers in the winter!

  4. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Yowsa! That gorgeous plant caught my eye, heart, and had me working to keep my bladder in check as well! Oh, the problem of limited space! Thanks for the lead. I’ll call Xera and see if they have more!

  5. mattb325 says:

    What a wonderful shrub – congratulations on your purchase!

  6. rickii says:

    That was a show stopper, wasn’t it? I have killed three Iteas, but will that stop me from trying again? No way! I also killed a Stachyrus salicifolia,,,maybe the danglies have something against me? Just added a Garrya eliptica in the same bed where I have the Hydrangea you gave me. Something is bound to work out, don’t you think?

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh no – I hope they aren’t prima donna plants…. if they are, I’m likely to kill them too. Fingers crossed the Garrya will work out for you (and the Hydrangea). That is one that is on my wish list too – it is so darn gorgeous! My guess is that it will reward you handsomely! πŸ™‚

  7. Loree says:

    Plant lust indeed. Buy now, think about where to plant it later.

  8. Pam/Digging says:

    You HAVE one?! Fantastic acquisition! I’d try it too if I had the climate for it. It was a showstopper at Bella Madrona. Ah, missing that garden now…

    • annamadeit says:

      Yes, I couldn’t believe my luck! So excited! Now to find a spot for it might take some work, but I did borrow a chain saw to take an old lilac down. Perhaps this is my moment…?

  9. Evan says:

    Love it! I like long, dangly flowers, too. I should pick out a spot for one.

  10. Hollye says:

    Well, before I posted my stuff on FB, I should’ve checked your blog. Figures you would have written about the Itea. I will say that mine has been very hardy and now has completely covered the little support I gave it. I love it. It will probably outgrow its space, but that’s when I’ll start making cuttings …

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