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Plants of the Week: June 15

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Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Showy Lanterns’

Commonly called the red-veined enkianthus, this shrub is a member of the family Ericaceae making it closely related to Rhododendron. With a multitude of pendulous, pink flowers and its exciting fiery orange and scarlet autumn colors, this plant is a lovely addition to the Harry Wood Garden.  The enclosed microclimate that traps and reflects sunlight makes a suitable environment for this shrub that is most comfortable in zones 7-8.  The cultivar was selected for its especially dark pink flowers with red veins. photo credit: D. Mattis

 

 Kolkwitzia amabilis 'Ruy's Pink' JTB [7]

Kolkwitzia amabilis ‘Ruy’s Pink’

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4 Tips to Planning a Fabulous Garden Visit

June 4 2015 RHR 016It is garden visiting season. While it is always a pleasure to visit a garden, here are some tips to make the whole experience a delight from our trip planner extraordinaire, Julie Jenney, Education Program Coordinator for the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College.

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Make sure you plan out your route ahead of time and leave enough time to enjoy the garden, pit stops, and snack breaks! photo credit: R. Robert

1.Make sure you plan out your route ahead of time and leave enough time to enjoy the garden, pit stops, and snack breaks!

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Plants of the Week: June 1

Staphylea colchica JTB

Staphylea colchica

 

Native to the country of Georgia and the Caucasus mountain range, its common name is the caucasian bladdernut. The simple white flowers are borne in pendulous clusters and mature into inflated, bladder-like pods. The genus comes from greek word meaning “cluster”; the species designation refers to the ancient kingdom of Colchis on the black sea. In the family staphyleaceae it is closely related to the locally-native eastern bladdernut Staphylea trifolia.
photo credit: J. Bickel

 

Aesculus x carnea 'Briotii' JTB

Aesculus carnea ‘Briotii’

 

Close to the Frats here on campus and blooming for a short spell is the the hybrid …

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