Archive for September 2011

Plants of the Week -September 26

Tibouchina grandifolia bloom photo credit: J. CoceanoTibouchina grandifolia is in bloom! In cooler climates the tender woody, native to Brazil, is grown for its large, furry, ovate leaves. In late summer upright panicles bear numerous 1 ½” purple flowers. The plant can reach 5-6’ in height and can be overwintered in a cool, frost-free basement. Visit Cosby Courtyard adjacent to Kohlberg Hall to see Tibouchina grandifolia and other containerized plants on display. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Viburnum setigerum 'Aurantiacum' (1) JWC

Shorter days herald the arrival of autumn. With autumn comes a bounty of fruit, including that of the tea viburnum, Viburnum setigerum ‘Aurantiacum’. White flowers, borne on new wood, open …

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An Introduction into Caricology – The Study of Sedges

Fall color of Parrish Lawn. photo credit: R. MaurerThe question of how much lawn is too much could be debated for hours! Critics clamor that lawns are a monoculture (single species) which inherently support limited biodiversity. Being comprised of few species puts lawns at increased risk of pest and disease problems. Lawn maintenance often involves the use of copious amounts of time, water, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers derived from fossil fuels.

As a nation we are enamored with our lawns. One statistic states that the land area collectively occupied by lawns in the United States equals a land mass greater than the combined area of Delaware, Pennsylvania, and …

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Monthly Stars for Your Garden

Cosby Courtyard. photo credit: R. MaurerOne way to approach your garden design is to say “I want to have a garden star every month—a spotlight bloom, something to catch your eye, a flower that attracts attention.”

Scott Arboretum Curator Andrew Bunting cautions, “Eye-catching flowers can pull us in as if we were another pollinator, but we don’t want to limit our garden shopping to just buying at the big bloom time for a particular plant. Sure, a flowering plant makes an appealing nursery display, but purchasing plants only when they are in bloom is not a good strategy. You can, however, think ahead. Look at …

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