There's quite a buzz about the exotic yet drought-tolerant plants being produced and sold by Laine McLaughlin and Duane Heier. The little "Steamboat Island Nursery" tag seems to garnish the pot of nearly every cool plant I find these days. But Steamboat's offerings are no overnight wonder. McLaughlin started the nursery more than a decade ago in this remotely beautiful spot on a skinny finger of land jutting into Puget Sound.
I was told that this blue-green plant would need some protection over the winter. But I haven't yet gotten to the point where I'm willing to baby any of my plants. It's still "love it or leave it" in my yard.
Here's that poisonous ricin plant that I love.
Banana is gorgeous but has no place in a lazy Northwesterner's garden.
This thorny little guy, a Rosa sericea pteracantha, was featured in the newspaper article.
It gets big.
I love Salvia.
I bought some of this weird donkeytail sedum for our rock wall. It meets all the prerequisites for that space: rosy-colored, sun loving, drought tolerant.
Our final haul. A bunch of sedum, a few unicorn plants, a couple of dwarf strawberry trees, a smoke tree, and a eucalyptus, which we'll plant where a quince used to be.