Archive for November 2013

Blooms of the Season: Happy Thanksgiving!

Celebrate Thanksgiving with the latest garden-inspired design from Diane Mattis! Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for supporting the efforts of the Scott Arboretum.

This scan features some wonderful early winter interest plants. The dried flower heads are Hydrangea arborescens Invincibelle SpiritTM.  The red berries are Skimmia japonica. Acer palmatum ‘Tsukasa Silhouette’ are the red leaves. The conifer represented is Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Fernspray Gold’. Green broadleaf foliage is Pieris japonica.

Some of these plants are also ideal for winter containers planting and accents. Check out all of our selections for decorating with winter interest plants at the Holiday Greens Sale …

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Plants of the Week: November 25

Blemish-free foliage, dynamic bark, and colorful autumn foliage combine to make Persian ironwood highly ornamental. The species can be quite variable in form. Parrotia persica ‘Biltmore’ is a selection with a broad, vase-shaped habit and branches that develop all along the trunk giving a full, bushy appearance. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Garden location: between McCabe Library and the Dean Bond Rose Garden


The shortening days of October, coupled with cooling temperatures leave me convinced that Ajania pacifica won’t bloom. Surely it’s too late in the season. Then, unexpectedly, the plant is covered in small button-yellow flowers. Depending on weather, …

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Plants of the Week: November 11

When thinking of the best trees for vibrant fall color, elms aren’t usually at the top of the list. However, the color displayed on the two Ulmus americana between McCabe Library and the Cunningham House these past few days have made me rethink my list. I now understand why the native tree was planted so prolifically across the country. Sadly, Dutch elm disease saw the tree all but erased from the landscape. Dr. Michael Dirr shares the following: “Majestic in habit, American elm has an upright-spreading outline and semi-pendant outer branches. Trees planted along boulevards meet to form cathedral ceiling-like …

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