Garden Plants

Fall Planting Wish List

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by Melita Schmeckpeper (2017-2018 Education Intern)

Fall is an ideal time for planting. I asked Scott Arboretum Curator and Plant Recorder Mary Tipping for three of her favorite tried-and-true plant performers.  Whether you’re looking for resilient hydrangeas, texture-rich perennials, or abundantly-flowering trees, her list was inspiring!

Resembling stars hovering around the smaller fertile flowers, the sterile flowers are doubled with slightly pointed petals.  photo credit: J. Coceano

Resembling stars hovering around the smaller fertile flowers, the sterile flowers of Hydrangea serrata ‘Miyama-yae-murasaki’ are doubled with slightly pointed petals. photo credit: J. Coceano

Hydrangea serrata ‘Miyama-yae-murasaki’

If your Hydrangea macrophylla are suffering from winter damage, Mary Tipping recommends this lovely mountain hydrangea as a great substitute thanks to its good winter resistance

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American Rose Trials for Sustainability

American Rose Trials for Sustainability

Since 2012, the Scott Arboretum has been participating in American Rose Trials for Sustainability (ARTS). This program conducts trials in 15 different locations throughout the United States evaluating on resilience, disease-resistance, drought tolerance, heat/cold tolerance, and soil and nutrient adaptability. After two seasons worth of data, they have announced their first winning roses, all seven for 2018.

The trial requires regimented spacing and no maintenance except mulching and weeding. as seen here. photo credit: R. Robert

The trial requires regimented spacing and no maintenance except mulching and weeding, as seen here. photo credit: R. Robert

From the trial, we have moved two into the Dean Bond Rose Garden. The trial requires regimented spacing and no maintenance except mulching and …

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Physocarpus: Garden Color All Growing Season

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As we progress through the spring season, green becomes the background color of our gardens. We plant a variety of flowers to create pops of purple, orange, yellow, red, white, and pink. These exciting moments of color can last all growing season if you plant Physocarpus with various foliage hues.

photo credit: R. Robert

Physocarpus opulifolius Summer Wine TM blooms with white flowers in the spring.  photo credit: R. Robert

While ninebark plants do bloom with a white or pink flower in the spring, Physocarpus cultivars offer tones of purple to orange/yellow foliage. These foliage colors add variety to your color palette in the …

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