New plants from Morningsun Herb Farm

Last weekend we stopped by Morningsun Herb Farm in nearby Vacaville to meet their new burros. I didn’t have a camera along so I couldn’t take photos of the beasts but if you want to see what they look like, head over to Morningsun’s Facebook page. (Other nurseries take note: Animals are a great draw, especially for families with kids.)

As luck would have it, all plants were 50% off. Before I knew it, we had a wagon full of 4-inch perennials. I have no idea where to put them, but they will go in the ground this Saturday.


New plant purchases (we also bought four 6-packs of winter vegetables)


LEFT: Variegated Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha ‘Variegata’)
RIGHT: Limelight Mexican sage (Salvia mexicana ‘Limelight’)


Tasmanian Tiger spurge (Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’)


White sage (Salvia apiana)


Elvira red hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria ‘Elvira’)

Below is a list of all the plants we got. I should add that this list is as much a record for myself as it is for curious fellow gardeners.

    1. Apricot Sprite hyssop (Agastache aurantiaca ‘Apricot Sprite’)
    2. African rosemary (Eriocephalus africanus)
    3. Tasmanian Tiger spurge (Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’)
    4. Passionate Rainbow Petite gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Rainbow Petite’)
    5. Elvira red hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria ‘Elvira’)
    6. Edelweiss English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Edelweiss’)
    7. Miss Katherine English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Miss Katherine’)
    8. Amazon Sunset parrot’s beak (Lotus maculatus ‘Amazon Sunset’)
    9. Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata)
    10. Blue Eyed Susan passionflower (Passiflora × ‘Blue Eyed Susan’)
    11. Indigo Spires sage (Salvia × ‘Indigo Spires’)
    12. White sage (Salvia apiana)
    13. Electric blue sage (Salvia chamaedryoides)
    14. Variegated Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha ‘Variegata’)
    15. Limelight Mexican sage (Salvia mexicana ‘Limelight’)
    16. Byron’s Mexican sage (Salvia mexicana × hispanica ’Byron Flynt’)
    17. Newleaze Coral globe mallow (Sphaeralcea ‘Newleaze Coral’)

I’m excited about the variegated Mexican bush sage. I must admit I’ve felt guilty about removing our regular non-variegated specimen two months ago. I’m glad I have a replacement now. The variegation is subtle but I’m hoping it will result in a smaller plant overall.

Newleaze Coral globe mallow is another plant I have high hopes for. Check out these photos on

But the plant I’m most thrilled to own is Passiflora × ‘Blue Eyed Susan’. The flowers of this passion vine are 4 inches across and jaw-droppingly beautiful. Check out this photo on

I don’t think I’ve ever bought so many plants so late in the season. Since our winters are relatively mild, our planting season never really ends.


  1. That is a whole ton of plants! And you are going to have quite a beautiful garden when these get going! Those passion flowers are drop dead gorgeous!

    1. Candy, a lot of these plants would look great interspersed with succulents. I should give you some cuttings!

  2. Too bad you don't like Salvias... ;-) I've grown Agastache 'Apricot Sprite' from seed before, and it's a nice little Agastache. I wonder if my seeds are still viable? Sounds like a nice winter experiment for me...

    Don't think of it as being late in the season. Think of it as being early in next season!

    1. Yeah, I really hate salvias, don't I???

      So far temps have stayed above freezing. Maybe we'll skip winter altogether? Now that I've said it, I'll probably eat my words very soon.

  3. Wow...that's an impressive list! I'm happy to not have read "but I don't have any room for it" not even once in this post...way to just buy the darn plants!

    1. What the heck, I'm about to turn 50. Time to throw caution to the wind and step on the gas!

  4. Some very beautiful foliage plants there Gerhard! I wouldn't mind some of those Salvias, especially the apiana. And would love to get hold of that Euphorbia 'Tasmanian Tiger' too!

    1. I think the broader leaves of Salvia apiana will combine beautifully with plant that have finely dissected foliage.

      I've had one 'Tasmanian Tiger' for about three years, and it's done great. Glad to have another one.


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