Oenothera fremontii Shimmer

Shimmer Evening Primrose

 
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'Shimmer' is all about foliage, flowers, and texture. Blooming with 3-inch bright lemon-yellow flowers in late spring, the plant re-blooms during the summer months. The narrow leaves are pewter-gray and very attractive. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction; Discovered in the garden of Lauren Springer Ogden. 2007 Plant of the Year.

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Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Easy to grow
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good for Containers
Groundcover
Native
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Low Maintenance
Great for Mass Plantings
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late spring to late summer
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SKU 72122
Award: Perennial Plant of the Year

Details

'Shimmer' is about foliage, flowers, texture and an exciting new look in the world of native plants. Originally discovered by Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden, this new evening primrose cultivar is an attention-getting plant in and out of bloom. A burst of 3" diameter, lemon-yellow flowers light up the plant in late spring, followed by flashes of flowers throughout the summer. The extremely narrow gray-green, almost silver leaves have such incredible texture that it is invaluable when contrasting with other colors and types of foliage. I recommend pinching the stem tips several times in spring to create more branching and "thicken up" the plant with more foliage. Good for Firescaping. Try companion plants such as Lavender 'Mitcham Grey,' Gaillardia and Salvia 'Wild Thing.' (cutting propagated). 2007 Plant of the Year.
Associated SKUs
HBLM4XX
HBLM421 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
72122 (Plant - 5" deep pot)
Common Name Shimmer Evening Primrose
Botanical Name Oenothera fremontii Shimmer
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Mature Height 6-8" tall
Mature Spread 15" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Easy to grow, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Containers, Groundcover, Native, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Low Maintenance, Great for Mass Plantings, Adds Texture
Special Groups High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Southwest, West
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Oenothera (Evening Primrose) - a huge genus of biennials and perennials native to the Western hemisphere. Flowers are in shades of yellow, pink and white. Pollinated primarily by hawk moths. Flowers open in the afternoon and close by late morning the next day.

Preferred growing conditions
  • Plant in low fertility ("lean") soil including dry clay, positioned in full sun. Mulch with gravel or not at all.
  • Water regularly the first growing season to establish the plant. Thereafter, infrequent but deep watering is all this plant needs.
  • Deadheading is not needed as these are naturally long blooming species. Fertilize lightly in the fall with Yum Yum Mix.
  • Special comments
  • Oenothera are tap rooted plants and does not like to be transplanted once established. Don't divide as they resent having their roots disturbed.
  • Leave standing over the winter and cut back hard, leaving 2 to 3 inches of stems above ground.
  • O. speciosa 'Rosea' is a showy everblooming species that can spread aggressively and should not be planted into areas where it's enthusiastic nature can be a problem. Deadheaded to reduce reseeding. Dig out suckering roots when spreading too wide.
  • Watch for flea beetles (small metallic green beetles) which can defoliate the plants in late spring/early summer.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 4 (zones 3-4 first) and ends in early November. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code.

Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

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High Country GardensOenothera fremontii Shimmer
 
3.6

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67%

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Pros

  • Hardy (4)
  • Attractive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (4)
  • Outdoors (4)
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5.0

Can't wait for blooms.

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from Northern Virginia

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Oenothera fremontii Shimmer:

    Looks great at the front of the border.

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    2.0

    Maybe I would buy it again

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    from Salt Lake City

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Oenothera fremontii Shimmer:

    I love this plant! I had one before, that lived about three seasons, and was absolutely glorious. I have re=ordered twice, and both times, the plants didn't live through the summer, never even bloomed. Not sure what the problem is.

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    4.0

    Struggling

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    from Santa Fe, NM

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Oenothera fremontii Shimmer:

        I love this cultivar, but, of 5 plants, only one has survived. They were planted in a dry garden of mostly native mineral soil with minimal amendment. Only one plant of the original trio survived. Despite deep watering, the two replacement plants shriveled up during the hot and dry summer part of summer. As much as I would like more of 'Shimmer', I'm not sure it's worth the effort.

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        5.0

        It took two times

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        from Denver

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Oenothera fremontii Shimmer:

            The first time I ordered and planted this it grew but died in a hailstorm. I got another one and it has bloomed all summer long, looking great and surviving 3 hailstorms plus a terribly dry year. It has spread to be a little over a foot wide. It is on the edge of the yard by the sidewalk and is tough enough to survive kids, dogs and occasionally the newspaper thrown on top of it.

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            3.0

            i wish it would bloom more robustly

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            from reno, nv

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Oenothera fremontii Shimmer:

              well, I ordered 3 of em, deep pots 3 seasons ago. 2 were robust, 1 was puny, but all 3 have survived the drought and the cold. they hardly flower. indeed, the above display picture has more blooms than total number of blooms that I have seen in person. nice feathery silver-gray foliage.

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              5.0

              This is a wonderful plant!

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              from Boise, Id.

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • May stop blooming rather early.

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Oenothera fremontii Shimmer:

              This plant is very attractive. Blossoms will remain depending on the individual plant it seems, but ours will bloom from late spring to just past mid summer usually. It spreads and can be be relocated safely or one plant may provide the starters for others. This plant will appreciate water but will last through drought. I enjoy this in my flower bed greatly.

              Gregg

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              4.0

              Oenthera fremontii 'Shimmer'

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              from Salt Lake City, UT

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Oenothera fremontii Shimmer:

                I have used 'shimmer' in multiple landscapes in the Salt Lake City area (Zone 6) with great success. It always looks great: flowers are a softer shade of yellow and bloom for a long time and foliage is interesting. Especially when compared to the rangier weedy oenothera available.

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                1.0

                Shimmer

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                from Abilene, TX

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Oenothera fremontii Shimmer:

                This plant has to be planted so that it is back lit. I did not do that, so the foliage is blah. Also, it has never bloomed. I live in Abilene, TX which is zone 7.

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                USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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