Archive for November 2011

Juniperus x media ‘Old Gold’

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As the leaves fall and vibrant colors fade, the stalwarts of the garden take center stage. Blending pleasantly into the background during the growing season, evergreens provide that splash of green we seek in the dreary winter months. A staple found in many gardens for this winter green is juniper.

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The bronze gold foliage of Juniperus x media 'Old Gold'. photo credit: R. Robert

Junipers come in variety of sizes, habits, and colors. Named for its bronze gold foliage, Juniperus x media ‘Old Gold’ holds its unique color through the winter months. Placed in full sun, the thin needles appear …

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Plants of Week – November 21

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' (1) JWCFatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’ bears shiny green palmate leaves splashed and speckled with white. The plant, listed as hardy to zone 7, does well with minimal winter damage sheltered against the Off-Campus Study Office. The plant requires several years to reach its full potential and makes a great houseplant. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Physocarpus opulifolius Summer WimeTM (1) JWCPhysocarpus opulifolius Summer WineTM is a hybrid ninebark resulting from the cross of P. opulifolius ‘Nana’ and Diablo® lauded for its wine-red foliage and compact size. Physocarpus are native deciduous shrubs. The common name of ninebark originates from the tremendous peeling bark; it is said to have …

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Plants of the Week – November 14

Lindera glauca var. salicifolia fall color (2) JWCLindera glauca var. salicifolia is in its full fall glory. Shades of yellow and orange complement shiny black fruit. As the leaf pigments fade, the paper-brown leaves remain throughout the winter months providing a dramatic backdrop for evergreens and other winter-interest plants. Imagine cultivars of red or yellow twig dogwoods, Cornus sericea or C. sanguinea, highlighted by a background of L. glauca var. salicifolia.  Photo credit: J. Coceano

Taxodium ascendens (2) JWCTaxodium ascendens, commonly known as pond cypress, is a deciduous conifer native to North America. Currently, the needles are displaying their tawny-brown fall color. T. ascendens, near Kohlberg …

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