Archive for September 2013

Plants of the Week: September 15

Simply reading North Creek Nurseries description of Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’ is enough to make one pine after the dainty yet durable grass: “Where low maintenance meets garden whimsy, ‘Blonde Ambition’ is sure to turn heads. Airy, chartreuse flowers float horizontally amidst blue-green foliage from mid-summer into fall. Seed heads extend the season providing unique winter appeal. Extremely cold hardy and adaptable to various soil types, use in sweeps for a dramatic effect. Unlike any other ornamental grass in cultivation, discovered and introduced by David Salman of High Country Gardens.” Photo credit: J. Coceano

Garden location: Lang Performing Arts circle…

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Blooms of the Season: Plant Sale Edition IV

Our final Plant Sale inspired Blooms of the Season is enlivening the shade garden. Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’ lightens up shade with unusually rich, golden yellow foliage. Shown here with the large leaves of hosta and the dainty white flowers of Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’, ‘Little Honey’ foliage holds its color through summer and transitions into chartreuse before a brilliant burgundy for the fall.

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Little Honey' has a diminutive stature in the garden. photo credit: A. Bunting

This cultivar was given the name little because of its diminutive stature. A sprout of ‘Pee Wee’, it only reaches a height …

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Clematis Celebration

The Scott Arboretum is awash in clematis. Over the past spring, we have increased our collection by 60%, adding over 50 new cultivars. Because of a cool, wet summer, these diminutive new additions are sprouting blooms and giving us a preview of their full potential.

Clematis orientalis 'Bill Mackenzie' is blooming along the Route 320 fence. photo credit: R. Robert

These two to three blooms provide glimpses of the diversity of Clematis taxa with flat open discs, nodding bells, singe, double, or tubular flowers. If you take a moment to inspect the newly renovated Dean Bond Rose Garden, you will …

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