Alstroemeria Flower Power
As companions to the season's poppies, snapdragons and other classic annuals, consider alstroemerias, a perennial with charming freckled blooms that add beauty to the landscape and vase year round. Garden Glories Nursery in Vista specializes in these and other choice plants. Here are some of owner Liz Youngflesh's favorites: Three-foot tall classics 'Casa Blanca' (pure white and rose), 'Third Harmonic' (soft orange that's a perfect foil to blue and purple flowers) and 'Kyty' (shades of butter yellow); two-foot tall mid-size 'Rosea' (sweet dusty rose), 'Ice' (frosty peach with pale green throat) and 'New Beginnings' (yellow blushed with soft pink); and hard-to-find 'Rachel' (rich purple) and 'Charly' (medium red). Give alstroemerias sun to part-shade, well-amended soil and regular water. Visits to Garden Glories are by appointment (www.gardengloriesnursery.com). Youngflesh, a Master Gardener, also sells at many of the San Diego Horticultural Society monthly meetings.