Help! What should we plant?

Matti posted about our unfortunate gopher attack a few days ago. I’m kind of sad, but not too sad. We’re excited to plant something new in the empty spot. The question is what are we going to plant to replace it? We’ve narrowed it down to five available options, but need you to help us choose.

#1 Musschia wollastonii

Musschia wollastonii

Musschia wollastonii

This is Matti’s favorite of the bunch (I think). Musschia wollastonii is from Madeira, where it hangs on coastal cliffs. Loves fog and life on the beach. It can get 5-7 feet tall, but after it flowers it’s done for (monocarpic).There’s another cool copyrighted pic of the flowers on flickr.

#2 Salvia regla

Salvia regla


Salvia regla

This Salvia regla is hot. I’ve been itching for a Salvia. Late bloomer, bright red flowers the hummingbirds will love, cool textured leaves. The only downside is that it’s deciduous. Coming from Wisconsin we’re kind of obsessed with evergreen.

#3 Berzelia lanuginosa“Buttonbush”

Berzelia lanuginosa“Buttonbush”

If you like looking at really cool plant pictures check out J.G. in SF’s photostream on flickr. He took this great pic of Berzelia lanuginosa“Buttonbush”,and the close up of the Salvia regla above.  Buttonbush keeps telling me to give it a shot. I’m a little worried we won’t water it enough.

#4 Fuchsia boliviana ‘Alba’

Fuchsia boliviana ‘Alba’

Fuchsia boliviana ‘Alba’ has been calling my name since I  became a fuchsiaholic. It even has, “pleasantly flavored black fruits”.  So far we’ve had nothing but  awesome experiences with every fuchsia we’ve planted.

#5 Ageratum corymbosum

Ageratum corymbosum

I often shy away from plants that remind me of gardening in Wisconsin. This reminds me of the puny little Ageratum I would buy in six packs for containers back in Madison, but on steroids. The flower heads are six inches wide and bloom most of the year! The dark foliage is pretty happening too.

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