Unless you’ve been hiding under a piece of concrete, you’ve no doubt heard of our crevice garden experiment, constructed with recycled concrete and plants planted in chipped slate (Permatill). It’s been just over three years since we started the project and just over a year since its completion. In all, the crevice garden spans 300′ linear feet and is built with 200 tons of recycled concrete. The garden has allowed us to grow a range of dryland (6-12″ of rain annually) plants that would otherwise be ungrowable in our climate which averages 45″ of rain annually.
One of many plants we’d killed several times ptc (prior to crevice) are the arilbred iris, known to iris folks as ab’s. These amazing hybrids are crosses between the dazzling middleastern desert species and bearded hybrids. Being ready to try again post crevice (pc), we sent in our order to a California iris breeder, who promptly emailed to tell us that he would not sell them to us because they were ungrowable here. It took some persuading before they agreed to send our order, but on arrival, they became some of the first plants to find a home in the new crevices. Although we’ve added more ab’s each year, the original plantings will be three years old in August. Here are a few flowers from this week.
Iris ‘Aztec Prince’ Iris ‘Bold Awakening’ Iris ‘Confederate’ Iris ‘Glow of Love’ Iris ‘Peresh’ Iris ‘Refiner’s Fire’ Iris ‘Sand Dancer’ Iris ‘Sharman’s Magic’ Iris ‘Shimmy Shake’ Iris ‘Signal Butte’ Iris ‘Tresco’s Eclipse’
Iris are just a few of the gems that can be found in our “cracks”, continuing below with dianthus. As we continually take note of our trial successes, more and more of those gems will find their way into our catalog and on-line offerings…as long as we can produce it in a container. Please let us know if any of these strikes your fancy.
Dianthus ‘Appleblossom’ Dianthus arenarius Dianthus ‘Inshirach Dazzler’ Dianthus ‘Razzlepop’ Dianthus subacaulis Dianthus ‘Vivid Bright Lights’ Dianthus ‘White Crown’
If that’s not enough, here are some more shinning stars currently in bloom.
Allium trifoliatum ‘Cameleon’ Arenaria grandiflora Corydalis flexuosa ‘Porcelain Blue’ Crambe maritima Delosperma ‘Mountain Dew’ Delphinium tricorne Globularia meridionalis Homothophylla pyrenaica Hymenoxys scaposa ‘Travis’ Manfreda undulata ‘Crested Surf’ Penstemon heterophyllus Penstemon triflorus Puya dyckoides Scorzonera cretica Taraxacum pseudoarurem
If any of this seems interesting, you probably should be a member of the North American Rock Garden Society…a group of similarly afflicted individuals. If you are specifically addicted to cracks, check out the nearly 2000 strong, really sick folks on Modern Crevice Gardens on Facebook