Archive for February 2014

Plants of the Week: February 17

The 3” purple cones, a most unexpected color, of Abies koreana always draw attention in late spring. The upright cones, a trait possessed by the genus Abies, transition to brown as the growing season progresses. Firs prefer cool summer conditions. A grouping in the Nason Garden has performed remarkably well adding a classic conical evergreen shape to a garden known for strong textures and forms. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Garden location: Nason Garden


Loaded with copious clusters of shiny red fruit, birchleaf viburnum, Viburnum betulifolium, is a standout in the winter garden. The large, open shrub averages 10’ …

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Blooms of the Season: Hamamelis Heaven

Happy Valentine’s Day! Consider celebrating with your sweetheart by taking a winter hike and enjoying the fragrant, colorful blooms of winter courtesy of witch hazels. Yes, I said color and fragrance in the winter landscape. As described by our Blooms of the Season artist, Diane Mattis, “It is wonderful to see those colorful little ribbons, twirling around against the blue sky. The Scott Arboretum is a Hamamelis heaven.”

In her latest scan, (a challenge to create with those woody stems), Diane celebrates the colorful blooms of Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’, H.  mollis ‘Early Bright’, and H. vernalis.

Hamamelis mollis

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