Archive for October 2015

Plants of the Week: October 19


Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘Raydon’s Favorite’

All growing season I stare at the green, undulating mound of Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ in the Entrance Garden and question its place in the garden. For most of the warm months it’s just a nondescript green. Then October rolls around and the saying, “to everything there is a season” comes to mind as the aromatic aster bursts into bloom. One can’t help but stare at the cloud of blue. Pollinators find it enticing too! Blooms occur over a near month-long period. North Creek Nursery recommends cutting back after flowering has concluded to prevent the spread …

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Pseudolarix amabilis (golden larch)

Halloween RHR 198Deciduous conifers can be a confusing term to the plant novice. I assure you, it is a group to be cherished. You may be familiar with Taxodium, Metasequoia, and Ginkgo, all of which are noted for their amazing fall color, longevity, and tolerance. I would like to bring to your attention two other genera with similar landscape uses and seasons of interest.

November 5 2014 RhR 208

For weeks I have passed between the Sproul Observatory and the tennis courts scanning the Pinetum for a glimpse of fall color because I know what’s coming … Pseudolarix. photo credit: R. Robert

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Plants of the Week: October 12


Ajania pacifica (silver & gold chrysanthemum)


Do you like Pachysandra? Well I do, and this is a great perennial substitute. Not only is it perennial, it is also full sun and loves lean soil. It has been seen as far south as Atlanta, so you know it is heat and drought tolerant. You can view this wonderful ground cover in the John W. Nason Garden. Its leaves feature sharp-white margins with a matte green interior. Flowers emerge in late fall as small yellow aster-like discs. If you love Pachysandra and have a full sun site, this might be …

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