It had been too long since Amy and I had taken a road trip. Neither of us had been to Viscaya, and it was opening day at Xera/Potted, so off we went.
Behind an unassuming chain link fence with tasteful (read: easy to miss) signage is a secret garden that goes on and on.
Grassy paths, punctuated by sculptures and other interesting features, provide access to island beds, each with its own character. As you can see (behind the sculpture) tables of plants for sale are scattered throughout, making for a unique shopping experience.
As if to prove that there is no such thing as a bad plant, Arborvitae has been used to create a labyrinth. Above is a peek into the entrance, with a piece of driftwood for a focal point. The outer walls provide a perfect background for lighter, brighter plant groupings.
A dramatic feature was this large round grassy area bordered by daylilies. Pillars topped with round planted pots guard the entry, with a huge, red shallow pot dead center.
As we worked our way around the back of the building, we came across a thriving Japanese maple (maybe Shishigashura?) in a big pot.
A mature Abelia vine in flower clambered over a fence. Amy said she had never seen one flowering.
We decided this persimmon had to be the tiniest fruit we’d ever seen. The tree was impressive, part of an orchard laid out in a grid.
Each unique tree occupies its own perfect square, with crisp edging of the grass path surrounding it.
The same edging technique carries over into the quadrants circling this fountain. A liberal use of water in pools and fountains pervades the grounds.
Carniverous plants are happy in this water-filled urn.
The parking area is on the back side of housing units, each with a different colored door that corresponds to the colors of the plants featured on tables nearby. I liked the rustic archway and unusual plants at this portal. Each one is unique.
Top left is a plant that was huge in the display garden, Ligularia wilsonii. This is a plant I had avoided because I didn’t like the flowers. That’s what a display garden will do: I wound up thinking “flowers, shmowers…who cares?”; top right, Hosta ‘Fire & Ice’; bottom left, Ipomea x multifida (cardinal climber); bottom right, Plectranthus cellatus ‘Variegata’. The prices at Viscaya are another reason to make the drive to the far east side of town. Silly me: I only bought things I knew would fit into my plans.
On to Xera, a much anticipated opening by all the garden geeks in town. One of those, fellow blogger Laura, was giggling with glee as she selected her booty.
Another chain link fence, but this time it is obvious that an event of the horticultural kind awaits.
Tables are loaded with the fantastic array of plants Xera has long been noted for.
But that’s not all! Truly elegant pots, many of them potted up in appropriate and imaginative ways, add to the sophisticated ambiance.
The possibilities for combinations are mind-boggling.
The close-in southeast location makes this an easy place to visit again and again. I see a lot of that in my future.
For now, though, I indulged in only two plants…but they are beauts: Echeveria ‘Haagal’ and Arisaema taiwanense. This was Xera/Potting’s soft opening for working out the kinks. As far as I could tell, there were no kinks in sight.