We are reinventing our company. Since 2006 we have been transforming from a small but extremely diverse regional mail order nursery into a larger and more broadly assorted national research and production company with several nurseries, test gardens and a greater online presence.
One of our perduring services is a close personal contact with customers. We invite you to Open Days at Fordhook Farm in Doylestown, PA, and at the original site in Kingston, WA—now our zone 8 and 9 research and display gardens. We held many Open Day weekends in 2009—with most of the proceeds donated to The Garden Conservancy—and plan more for 2010. Please stay tuned to this website.
Another way to talk to our customers is through email and weblog media. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed our Heronswood Nursery emails and my Heronswood Voice blogs. Soon we shall upgrade our web services for 2010, with everything up and ready in a couple of months.
Now enjoy a new blog about the current vogue for eternal love, sustaining beauty and enduring fidelity. (Edward Cullen might consider becoming “vegan”.) In any case, our passion is for stamens, chlorophyll and deep roots. Like you, we love new, rare and unusual plants. However, if you’re looking for Heronswood cultivars that will live many long, moonlit years, you’ve come to the right blog. These special selections will help you serve your new-found lust, or recurring addiction.
A few ground rules, so to speak. For a kind of immortality—not absolute—you must look first to the trees, and in general the taller, the better. Of all plants, the woody plants tend to be the longest lived. Larger more than smaller, alas. Some shrubs live an extremely long time because they can rejuvenate from the roots, if well established in the garden.
Heck, Kristen Stewart should get to know the Trembling Aspen, in particular the stand of them out in Southern Utah. It’s not only beautiful (even from a jet plane at 40,000 feet), it’s also over 75,000 years old and comprises one single plant, about 100 acres in size. It is, in effect, a single “tree” organism. Try that in “Twilight“.
To add to today’s cinematic theme, I point out that woody vines can be extremely long-lived too, twining and wrapping themselves around, well, their sturdier neighbor. “Love the one you’re with!”
Here’s the timeless line-up:
Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn redwood) – This will last, under normal conditions, at least 200 years.
Buxus microphylla japonica ‘Morris Midget’ – minimum 50 years
Buxus sempervirens ‘Elegantissima’ – minimum 50-60 years
Hydrangea, any, as well as the related vines, such as Schizophragma hydrangeoides ‘Roseum’– minimum 35 years
Rosa ‘Eddie’s Jewel’– minimum 50 years
Rosa noisetliana ‘Darlow’s Enigma’– minimum 50 years
Tsuga canadensis ‘Cole’s Prostrate’(a dwarf form of a woodland coniferous tree) – minimum 75 years, lasts up to 150-200 years
Wisteria brachbotrys ‘Shiro-kapitan’ – minimum 50 to 60 years up to 100s
Wisteria floribunda ‘Violacea Plena’ – minimum 50 to 60 years up to 100s
Wisteria macrostachya ‘Blue Moon’– minimum 50 to 60 years up to 100s
Helleborus species and Heronswood cultivars– minimum 40 years
Paeonia (Itoh Hybrid Peony) any, such as ‘Kopper Kettle’– minimum 40 years
Papaver – any Heronswood varieties – minimum 50 years
Panicum amarum ‘Dewey Blue’– minimum 15 to 20 years
Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose’ PP12909– minimum 25-30 years
Dried plants and herbarium books go just so far and no more—flat, drained on a page or a bit dusty and stiff in a vase. Not quite so much for your descendents and their descendents—but not bad.
Heronswood’s more genuine “everlastings” are alive and, well, green-blooded. All they need is a bit of planning up front and then ongoing attention. I’ve always thought that they’re a bit like pets. Only they last longer, need less care . . . and don’t bite quite as often.