Plants Plants Plants!
Our nursery is like a library of plants! Ask us about any of these at Fortuna Feed & Garden Center
This is Grace Ward. Pam says this plant is deer resistant and blooms heaviest in spring (although you can see it blooms year round).
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 5 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area. Pruning time: summer after flowering.
Isn't it pretty! Campanula. Pam says this plant is awesome for ground cover, blooming and keeping green year round.
Campanula is one of several genera in the family Campanulaceae with the common name bellflower. It takes its name from their bell-shaped flowers—campanula is Latin for "little bell".
The genus includes over 500 species and several subspecies, distributed across the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, with the highest diversity in the Mediterranean region east to the Caucasus.
The species include annual, biennial and perennial plants, and vary in habit from dwarf arctic and alpine species under 5 cm high, to large temperate grassland and woodland species growing to 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) tall.
This is New Zealand Flax. Pam says this plant does amazing in this area.
Bring a note of the tropics to your garden with the bold, colorful, strappy leaves of New Zealand flax. They are excellent as container plants that can be overwintered with protection, but in warm areas, they're spectacular planted directly in the ground.
Flower panicles may reach 12 feet tall in some selections with red or yellow tubular flowers. Blooms only appear in mild climates, but there they attract many species of birds. If space is limited, check out dwarf forms.
While New Zealand flax is a popular perennial in frost-free areas, it's becoming more and more loved in northern regions, where it's treated as an annual.
Pittosporum! Pam likes this cute little plant because it stays green throughout the year.
The variegated pittosporum, also called the Pittosporum tobira, is a shrub with green or gray leaves that’s remained very popular in gardens for generations. The shrub has luminescent white blossoms that put forth a delightful and unmistakable citrusy scent; for obvious reasons, it’s in your best interest to take good care of your variegated pittosporum.
Wickwar Flame is a plant Pam likes for its evergreen qualities.
The fall flowering Scotch Heather called 'Wickwar Flame' bears mallow-pink blossoms set against a wild array of orange red foliage.
This is a densely branched, mat-forming evergreen ground cover with long clusters of abundant, showy white or pink urn-shaped flowers which appear in the fall. Rich green summer foliage morphs to orange and yellow in late summer before turning copper and orange-red in the winter. Mature plants grow to 1.5’ in height and 2’ in width.
Pam says this is a great plant to have year round! It stays beautiful even through the winter months.
Coprosma is a genus of about 108 species of flowering plant native to New Zealand (45 species), Hawaii (about 20 species), Borneo, Java, New Guinea, islands of the Pacific Ocean to Australia and the Juan Fernández Islands. Many species are small shrubs with tiny evergreen leaves, but a few are small trees and have much larger leaves. The flowers have insignificant petals and are wind-pollinated, with long anthers and stigmas. Natural hybrids are common. The fruit is a non-poisonous juicy berry, most often bright orange (but can be dark red or even light blue), containing two small seeds. It is said that coffee can be made from the seeds, Coprosma being related to the coffee plants. A notable feature (also found in other genera of the Rubiaceae) is that the leaves contain hollows in the axils of the veins; in these, and on the leaf stipules, nitrogen-fixing bacteria grow. In addition the hollows, or domatia, encourage certain kinds of mites to take up residence, which feed on and reduce parasitic fungi which attack the leaf.
This is Leptospermum Ruby Glow. Pam says this plant is very prickly and can grow 6-10 feet high. perfect for a nice privacy hedge!
This compact, erect, evergreen shrub has a refined appearance due to it's neat, small dark red leaves, which by the way are fragrant when crushed. Perfect, double, burgundy-red flowers are produced in July and can be quite showy. This is a wonderful shrub where temperatures do not wildly fluctuate, humidity is not high and night temperatures are cool. In otherwords, this plant is probably not the best for the South. Grow in well-drained, fertile, acid soil in full sun to light shade.
This is Helleborus. Pam says this plant is an evergreen plant best planted on the west side of your home.
Helleborus can be used in the garden in many ways. Once planted and established in the garden they will bring joy to the gardener for years. The great thing about Helleborus is that they provide flowers at a time of year when gardens are deprived of flowers.
In the summer months they make a great evergreen groundcover. They can be enjoyed as cut flowers in the home. The varieties make good gift or home decorating accents that can be enjoyed inside the home then be planted outdoors in the garden.