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Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba LKL (2)

There is more than meets the eye to the Ginkgo biloba, a well-known and widely cultivated plant. Ginkgo biloba is one of the toughest species on the planet. Did you know that six ginkgo trees survived the 1945 Hiroshima atom bomb?

 

Striking fall color of Ginkgo biloba. photo credit: R. Manduca

Striking fall color of Ginkgo biloba. photo credit: R. Manduca

The trees were among the few plant and animal survivors in the area and they are still alive today. This example is a testament to its resilience. Ginkgo biloba is well-suited to an urban environment because of its ability to endure pollution and cramped soil space. Disease …

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Beyond Beauty: Why your Rose Garden needs more then Roses

June 10 2015 Update RHR 049Have you visited the modern rose garden? The one interplanted with all types of flowering perennials, trees, and shurbs, alive with buzzing insects, chirping birds and awash in lovely scents. No longer will you find a garden of strictly roses with one month of wow and minimal interaction with birds, bugs, and bees. The renovated Dean Bond Rose Garden has been redesigned with sustainability in mind. The added benefit of considering sustainability in plant selection produces multi-seasonal interest in the rose garden as never before.

Today’s rose garden is interplanted with a variety of plants to encourage the growth of beneficial insect populations to help control unwanted pests. photo credit: R. Robert

Today’s rose garden is interplanted with a variety of plants to encourage the growth of

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Plants of the Week: August 17

Helianthus ‘Sunshine Daydream’ (1) LKL

Helianthus ‘Sunshine Daydream’

 A dazzling bright yellow color and intriguing texture make the Helianthus ‘Sunshine Daydream’ a must-see. As you walk along the pathway by the Biostream, you will notice the distinctive flower pattern and double blooms of this herbaceous summer perennial which flowers continuously from June to August. Native to North America, it is a branch sport of ‘Capenoch Star’ and looks similar to a dahlia. Not only are the flowers fantastic for cutting, but also for attracting butterflies and bees. In addition to its stunning appearance, Helianthus ‘Sunshine Daydream’ is hearty in the summer heat and is mildew …

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