Shopping opportunities in Sheffield vary. Want antiques? Probably over 50 stores at all price levels to tempt you. Need a grocery store, a drug store. Forget about it. One delightful and destination She shopping op that satisfies gardeners, supplies great gifts and plants is Campo de Fiori.
This store is the only retail outlet of Campo de Fiori which has a huge wholesale business in a variety of garden items. Their large premises are right on Route 7, north of the Sheffield center.
Beautiful gardens surround the store. There are always some surprising plant combinations, unusual garden accessories and found objects.
Abutilons abound this time of year. This color combination of calyx and petal is exquisite. I noted the variety as “Cornish Belle”, but I can’t confirm it on the web. I turn up “Kentish Belle” which isn’t the same color at all.
This charmer is Abutilon “Biltmore Ballgown” – many of these bell-like forms dance around the Abutilon standard.
The delicate markings are in great contrast to the vibrant color!
When grown this well, Eucomis is a garden stand-out. Eucomis, called the pineapple lily, grows in Zones 7 to 10 and needs very well drained soil. Here in the Northeast it is grown in pots to be most successful.
Fuchsias are wonderfully grown here too. The flowers are like elegant earrings hanging off this standard. Notice the Oxalis filling the soil below the standard.
A close-up shows the beautiful form and coloring of these dangling flowers.
Luscious coral fuchsia with a more linear form to the bell shape.
Oxalis with burgundy coloring echoes the coloring on the underside of the Kalanchoe.
A very different and charming Oxalis makes a wonderful combination with prayer plant and a Begonia. The textures and forms of these plants make a handsome statement.
Inside the store is some striking rippled pottery in many sizes. They stand on iron frames with metal saucers. This is typical of the many items that are part of their wholesale business.
In a windowsill, Lithops, living stones, are grown in handsome stone planters…stones to stones!
Drive up Route 7 to Sheffield, walk up the garden path to the store and you won’t be disappointed….
And don’t forget to sit in the garden and relax – everything is for sale!