Archive for October 2009

Winter-flowering Shrubs

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by Michael W. Buffin

Here at the Scott Arboretum, we always consider what our garden areas look like in winter because that is when most of the College community is on campus to enjoy them. So, winter is anything but a bleak time at Scott. Many of the plants that bring the most spectacular blooms and interest during winter are the winter-flowering shrubs, most of which are discussed in detail in Michael Buffin’s book. While Buffin writes from England, he makes a point to comment on how these plants are grown here in the U.S. The book is split into …

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The Sumacs

Rhus typhina along Chester Road. photo credit: S. Keitch

When autumn comes to mind, one conjures up images of rich hues of red, orange, and yellow. There are countless species that have appreciable fall color, and the Scott Arboretum is full of examples. Right now there are several species on campus with spectacular fall color, some of my favorites being the American smoketree, Cotinus obovatus, the sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum, the black gum, Nyssa sylvatica, and the Fothergilla gardenii. Then there is the staghorn sumac, Rhus typhina clump along Chester Road, which I find to be quite exquisite.

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Rhus typhina along Chester Road. photo credit: S.

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Another Successful Conference

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If you didn’t get a chance to attend the 2009 Perennial Plant Conference, check out this recap by the Garden Lady. To read about another great Echinacea, E. ‘Rubinstern’, visit the July 2008 Plant of the Month.…

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