Archive for September 2015

Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

IMG_5814 86-124B DMThe seventeenth President, Andrew Jackson, was nicknamed ‘Old Hickory’. He earned this nickname from his strength and tenacity in the War of 1812. I always think of him when I see a mature Shagbark Hickory. Some may say that it only has two seasons of interest, but I argue that it has four. Being a Hickory, you can expect brilliant yellow fall foliage, but I want to point out why this plant can and should be appreciated all year.

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Some may say that shagbarks only has two seasons of interest, but I argue that it has four. photo credit: A.

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No More Clematis Wilt

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This time of year many gardeners are cutting back clematis because they have succumbed to clematis wilt. Typically the vines begin by looking limp and drought-stressed. Several weeks later, they brown and die. The vines can be cut to the ground and will grow next year, but what gardener enjoys seeing their clematis die mid-growing season?

Clematis viticella 'Emilia Plater' is a cultivar of the clematis wilt resistant species viticella. photo credit: J. Coceano

Clematis viticella ‘Emilia Plater’ is a cultivar of the clematis wilt-resistant species viticella. photo credit: J. Coceano

Not all genera of clematis are susceptible to clematis wilt and as a result of breeding there are several new cultivars on the market with amazing …

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Fronds, Not Enemies

Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'

As any shade gardener knows, ferns are a staple. They offer robust foliage and great texture to your shady places as well as delightful fiddleheads as leaves emerge in spring. Beyond the much publicized Japanese painted fern, Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, there is an array of ferns to add to your garden.

Adiantum pedatum, northern maidenhair fern, is a unique, delicate form, native fern. photo credit: J. Jabco

Adiantum pedatum, northern maidenhair fern, is a unique, delicate form, native fern. photo credit: J. Jabco

Adiantum pedatum, northern maidenhair fern, is a unique, delicate form, native fern. Ideal for your woodland garden, the small, rounded pinnae (leaflets) on shiny black, wiry stems offer a …

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