Archive for June 2014

Plants of the Week: June 23

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’

Sweeps of the soft, purple inflorescence of this ornamental hybrid grass provide a new and exciting texture to the John W. Nason Garden. As the purple blooms develop in late spring to early summer, a color and texture contrast is created between the blooms and the rich, true green stems. Interest continues throughout the summer as the seeds develop, bringing hints of gold and tan to the garden. It will thrive in full-sun to part-shade and in moist, fertile soils but will also do well in drier conditions. This winner of the Perennial Plant of …

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Plants of the Week: June 16

Hydrangea quercifolia

Oakleaf hydrangea produces very profuse showy creamy bloom-cone. This lavish bloom will catch your eye even from a distance. The foliage is also a great feature with deep lobed leaves and purple fall color. Experience this gem for yourself at the front corner of Parrish Hall. photo credit: V. Cornaglia

Opuntia humifusa

Prickly pear cactus is a low growing plant with beautiful bright lemon colored flowers. It flowers from late May to early July, but it has ornamental value in other seasons due to its bright green pads. The pads have small green thorns on them giving a …

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Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Semmes Beauty’

On the cusp of Hydrangea bloom season, the first plants showing blooms are Hydrangea quercifolia. As noted in Andrew Bunting’s article Humbler Hydrangeas  in the May/June 2014 The American Gardener, oakleaf hydrangeas “flower most prolifically in fertile, loam soil and full sun” in the garden setting. Currently busting with long, white flowerheads is H. quercifolia ‘Semmes Beauty’.

Planted as a border plant along the edge of the Terry Shane Teaching Garden, the huge conical flower panicles are greeting visitors as they enter the garden from McCabe Library. These early summer ivory flowers age to a rose-pink throughout the …

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