This was my second visit to Joy Creek Nursery - the first being on my very first trip to Portland three years ago. It is my favorite nursery and far enough away (about 30-40 minutes depending on traffic) to keep me out of trouble. Their plant selection is incredible. They specialize in a number of plants - hydrangeas, fuchsias, clematis (just to name a few) - and they have a tremendous number of varieties.
Their display gardens are reason enough to visit even if you don't plant on buying plants (although I would dare you to leave without getting something - it is just too irresistible).
|The hydrangeas were at their peak this past weekend.|
|This beautiful purple one (I did not see the name) looks great next to a stand of Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra).|
|'Pia', a low growing variety, is on my wish list.|
|I could not find the name of this powder-blue lacecap variety.|
|Michael had a conniption over the pale violet hydrangea on the right. We could not find the name of it either and forgot to ask later.|
|What a view! The nursery is located in Scappoose, Oregon, a rural area to the west of Portland.|
|A viburnum literally covered with berries.|
|Another plant I forgot to ask about. I love the ferny foliage on this shrub.|
|The colorful coneflowers (Rudbeckia) were eye-popping. That is a rugosa rose in the background.|
|We managed some restraint and came home with six plants. This was one of them - Calla Lily (Zantedeschia 'Flame'). I have started a list for my next visit!|
|Here is Michael standing next to what has to be one of the world's largest 'Annabelle' hydrangeas!|