Many of these plants came today from Triple Oaks Nursery in Franklinville, NJ. It is about an hour and a half drive from my yard but well worth it. They had a lot of cold hardy palms and shrubs that you can't find anywhere and fantastic knowledgeable staff too! Dave is an employee at the nursery and was really really knowledgeable about everything and nice enough to take the time to show me all of the cool things growing around the grounds. I wish I took more pics but I got a shot of one of several mature needle palm clumps and tried my best to show how amazing their bamboo grove was.
Here's some shots of what I ended up purchasing.
I got an amazing Sabal Birmingham, Sabal minor, Trachycarpus Nanital, and Needle palm. I increased my cold hardy palm collection by almost 50% just today! I bought some hardy hibiscus, Soft Caress Mahonia, and black and blue salvia just to name a few of the hardy plants that I purchased.
I also went to Rutgers Gardens annual plant Sale a few weeks ago and got some great plants there as well. The gardens are absolutely beautiful all year long. It's great place to visit when you just want to get away for an hour and walk around, and a great place to find amazing plants to buy one weekend a year in early May. This year I got an Daphniphyllum macropodum which is a plant I had been wanting for years as well as a Double Yellow Oleander (one of the hardier cultivars), a Mahonia, an empress wu hosta, and a new fig tree (just incase my ol' reliable brown turkey fig finally bit the dust this year).
I will give a full update of the yard when everything is all planted for the season next weekend. Until then I have a lot of digging to do! But here's a pic and some time lapses of the work I have done so far.
As always thanks for looking. Enjoy the summer weather heading our way!