Garden Plants

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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Yellow Magnolias

Magnolia 'Gold Star' (7) JWCIntroduced and named in 1978, Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’ was a breakthrough in the quest for a yellow-flowering magnolia. While ‘Elizabeth’ is creamy white with subtle hints of yellow, the cultivar opened the door for subsequent introductions that feature bright yellow, golden-yellow, and orange flowers.

While Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’ is creamy white with subtle hints of yellow, the cultivar opened the door for subsequent introductions that feature bright yellow, golden-yellow, and orange flowers. photo credit: J. Coceano

While Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’ is creamy white with subtle hints of yellow, the cultivar opened the door for subsequent introductions that feature bright yellow, golden-yellow, and orange flowers. photo credit: J. Coceano

Patented by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, ‘Elizabeth’ is a hybrid between M. acuminata and M. denudata. The hardiest of the magnolia species, M. acuminata can …

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Hardy Camellias: The April Series

Camellia (Ackerman seedling 80-276) RHRThe Alabama state flower is no longer just a plant for southern living. Over the past several years, breeders have introduced several cold-hardy cultivars of the profusely flowering, shade-loving small tree or shrub. Varieties of camellias can showcase stunning blooms on evergreen foliage in late fall/winter or early spring. Currently blooming in the Arboretum’s Camellia Collection along College Avenue are members of the April series.

This series was released by Dr. Clifford Parks of the University of North Carolina and owner of Camellia Forest Nursery. He developed March-to-April blooming cultivars with crosses of existing hardy C. japonica. These hardy …

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