Archive for October 2013

Plants of the Week: October 28

The softest breeze sets Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in motion. While the tap-rooted perennial tolerates heat, humidity and poor soils, full sun and good drainage are essential. ‘Whirling Butterflies’ is more compact than the species. Wiry, arching stems tinged red-pink bear a profusion of pink flower buds. Flowers open pure white. The white flowers combined with reddish stems blend to create a misty pink effect in the garden.  Gaura has a long bloom time, typically beginning in May and continuing well into September and October.  An oldie but a goodie. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Garden Location: Dean Bond Rose Garden…

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Narcissus ‘Katie Heath’

As the temperatures begin to cool off and colors begin to change, gardeners begin to imagine their garden awash in spring bulbs. It is time to plant those darling beauties with the promise of next year. At the Scott Arboretum, we plant daffodils (a classic spring bulb) to emerge through herbaceous perennials such as the threadleaf bluestar, Amsonia hubrictii; Carex flacca ‘Blue Zinger’, and many perennial geraniums like Geranium ‘Rozanne’.

A ribbon of daffodils bloom among the trimmed winter foliage in the John W. Nason Garden. photo credit: R. Robert

Daffodils can truly be described as deer resistant.  Bulbs …

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Plants of the Week: October 14

Acorns aren’t the only tree fruit dropping during the short days of October. The smooth, globular capsules of Aesculus pavia, the red buckeye, are splitting. One, sometimes several, shiny brown seed falls to the ground. Native to the southeastern United States, Aesculus pavia thrive in moist soils and benefit from some shade. Dry conditions lead to the development of leaf scorch and early leaf drop. A mature tree in full flower – panicles of vivid red flowers held above the foliage – is a sight to behold.  Photo credit: J. Coceano

Garden Location: Adjacent to the Glade Garden

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