Archive for September 2016

Plants of the Week: September 26

schizachyrium-scoparium-dca1Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’

Surprise!  Another grass!  And, hopefully, like the others I showcased, Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ will have you on your feet and clapping your hands.

A perennial ornamental bunchgrass, Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ likes full sun, well-drained soil, and average amounts of water.  It will grow to about 4 feet high, and about 1.5 feet wide.

A native to American Midwestern prairies, Schizachyrium scoparium produces modest, though fuzzy, beige spikes of flowers during late summer and early fall.  However, the main selling point of ‘Standing Ovation’ is its beautiful, blue-green and purple-red coloration that looks like a …

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Fritillaria meleagris

fritillaria-meleagris-rhrWith the official start of fall, gardeners are thinking about spring and planting their bulbs. Beyond the traditional tulips, daffodils, and crocus, there are many unique spring-blooming bulbs to experiment with in your garden including Fritillaria meleagris.

While Fritillaria meleagris is a member of the lily family, it’s neither a true lily nor daffodil.  photo credit: R. Robert

While Fritillaria meleagris is a member of the lily family, it’s neither a true lily nor daffodil. photo credit: R. Robert

Checkered lily, Guinea hen flower, snake’s head fritillary, snake’s head daffodil….Fritillaria meleagris may be known by many common names, but there’s nothing common about this bulb.   While it is a member of the lily family, it’s neither a true lily …

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Phegopteris decursive-pinnata

phegopteris-decursive-pinnata-rhrAs summer comes to a close, many plants have been performing all season long and have begun to look tired. An exception to that expectation is the shade-loving, groundcover alternative fern. Ferns add great texture and structure the understory of your tree canopy. A selection still looking good under the Metsequoia Allée is the Japanese beech fern.

Japanese beech fern (Phegopteris decursive-pinnata syn. Thelypteris decursive-pinnata) displays a very unique blend of lance-shaped fronds in both upright and arching positions.  This vigorous spreader forms runners, but is never a thug.  Referring to it as a groundcover would be pretty …

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