A new addition

In Gardening, Plants on August 8, 2008 at 4:26 am


I’ve been eyeing Abutilon (flowering maple) all season ever since a June visit to Cistus Nursery where they insist that they can get this annual tender perennial to winter over. We’ll see. Generally the species is hardy to zone 8, but this is a hybrid, and I’m zone 7. If we have another one of our mild winters it might live. Or I can bring it inside along with the brugmansia (Angel’s Trumpet) and the giant bird of paradise. I’ll have to start referring to the living room as “my conservatory” with all the not-hardy-in-Portland tropicals I’m collecting. But I digress.

The best part was that I found this on sale at Freddie’s for only $3.33. It’s at least 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide and covered in blooms. It’ll keep on going until frost. A heck of a lot of flowering plant for the price, hardy or not.


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