It’s time for our Annual Spring Plant Sale

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It’s time for our Annual Spring Plant Sale

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It’s time once again for our annual Spring Plant Sale. We have a fine selection of top of the line perennials, annuals, tropicals, herbs and pre-made containers. The sale is a benefit to our Friends Membership so they get the first pick on Friday night (May 2) from 5-7 p.m. The sale is open to all visitors on Saturday (May 3, 10a.m. – 5p.m.) and Sunday (May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.). We grow most of the perennials and all of the annuals/tropicals ourselves but there are some last minute shipments or perennials from top regional growers. The herbs are grown organically by a local grower specifically for our sale. All images are from the plants grown for the sale taken in our production greenhouses. It is but a small sample: see our website for the complete list of plants available http://www.powellgardens.org/default.asp?page=PlantSale.

Meadow Sage (Salvia nemerosa ‘Viola Klose‘) is a phenomenal perennial salvia with larger blooms produced more freely. You literally can have this perennial blooming from May to September with proper dead heading.

This hybrid perennial Salvia ‘Eveline’ has the largest blooms I have ever seen in the group! They are an inviting and warm pink color. It is also a rebloomer if you deadhead the spent flower stalks.


Some of our plants are new to us. This is a new Evening-Primrose (Oenothera kunthiana ‘Glowing Magenta’). We got the stock from Michigan and it is listed as hardy in our zone but we have not seen or grown it before. It is supposed to bloom for a long period into summer and be only 6-12″ tall. It is beautiful and well behaved so far but the flowers are more refined than magenta!


White Evening Primrose (Oenothera caespitosa) is a glorious Western native with huge pillowy white flowers. It must be grown in a dry, well-drained site.


This is a new hybrid Hardy Geranium ‘Rainbow’ because of the beautiful subtle blend of colors in the blossom. The foliage has some variable shadings as well making it very ornamental. It’s new from Holland.


We love the dark leaved “Bishop of” Series of Dahlias. We only have a few for sale and they fly off the shelves!

This is the relatively new Coreopsis ‘Jethro Tull’ with extra large, fluted petals. It is a hybrid of native species of Coreopsis but more compact and floriferous than its wild parents.

This is the selection ‘Denver Gold’ of the Western Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha). Many western plants do not like our heat and humidity but this one has proven itself as a star plant in our area. Columbines are naturally short-lived so be sure to allow it to self sow for future plants.

The rich, velvety red flowers or Clematis ‘Westerplatte are always a stunner. We will have seven specially selected clematis with a range of colors from velvety purple ‘Monte Cassino‘ to shockingly smoky pink and double ‘Violet Elizabeth.’