Archive for December 2011

Plants of the Week – December 19

Hakonechloa macra autumn color (1) JWCJapanese forest grass, Hakonechloa macra, adds grace and fluidity to the garden.  Recent selections have focused on color and variegation. Several cultivars are grown throughout the Scott Arboretum and all play a part in the fall garden, turning shades of light brown that reflect the low light. Cut them to the ground once the weight of winter snow flattens the grass.  Photo credit: J. Coceano

Camellia oleifera 'Winter's Interlude' (2) JWCDescribed as a bicolor anemone form, Camellia oleifera ‘Winter’s Interlude’ blooms in shades of soft pink. The plant matures to a rounded form and begins flowering in October often carrying through into December. Photo credit: …

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NAPCC Collections at the Scott Arboretum

americangardenIn the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of the American Gardener there is a wonderful article describing the effort of the North American Plant Collection Consortium (NAPCC).

The NAPCC is part of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA).  The NAPCC is an advocate for raising plant curation, plant records, and collections management standards.  It is also a seal of approval for plant collections found in botanical gardens and arboreta that exhibit exemplary collections of plants  throughout North America.


James R. Frorer Holly Collection is located on a south facing slope along the Crum Creek. photo credit: D. Mattis

The Scott Arboretum holds …

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Juniperus virginiana – Another Look

Juniperus virginiana 'Burkii' photo credit: J. CoceanoPersonal appreciation for specific plants ebbs and flows as time progresses. This may be a product of following trends, discovering a genus for the first time, meeting an exceptionally well-grown plant, or in my case, a result of family discrimination. The plant that I speak of, so unfairly snubbed, is the Eastern red-cedar, Juniperus virginiana.

To understand why this evergreen has earned such disdain, one must first look at look at its ecology. Juniperus virginiana is exceptionally prolific in the limestone-rich soils of the Shenandoah Valley. Such proliferation and success is observed throughout the Virginias and into Kentucky and Tennessee.…

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