Archive for April 2008

Dreaming of a Red Hosta

Have you ever dreamt of a red hosta? Neither have I, but the folks of the Delaware Valley Hosta Society have. They have envisioned yellow hostas striped with red veins or green hostas with a striking red edge along the leaves. As they elaborated on these descriptive visions, I found I wouldn??t mind having a hosta like that in my garden. To explore the possibility of these dreams coming true, they invited hosta breeder and nurserymen Bob Solberg to their annual meeting at the Scott Arboretum.

Having introduced over 50 hostas and striven to create the elusive red hosta for …

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Yellow Magnolias

The Scott Arboretum is home to a national collection of magnolias recognized through the American Public Gardens Association‘s (NAPCC) North American Plant Collections Consortium. While many of the early spring flowering magnolias have passed, the yellow magnolias are just coming into their glory.

Many of the yellow magnolias are the result of crosses made between the cucumber tree magnolia, Magnolia acuminata, and the Yulan magnolia, Magnolia denudata. The combination of these two parents has resulted in many cultivars which are later flowering, some times fragrant and range from light yellow to a golden yellow.

At the Scott Arboretum …

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Treasure Trove of Spring Ephemerals

At the Scott Arboretum many exciting spring flowering perennials are emerging from the ground. The Terry Shane Teaching Garden is a treasure trove of rare and choice spring ephemerals. In the local woods our native jack-in-the-pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum is quickly breaking ground with trilliums and mayapple, Pododphyllum peltatum. In the Shane Garden there are some stunning examples of the many exquisite species of the Asian jack-in-the-pulpits or cobra lilies.

Growing under the old tea crabapple are several Arisaema. The Japanese cobra lily, Arisaema ringens native to Japan, China and Korea is grown for both its shiny foliage, as …

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