Plant of the Week

Plants of the Week: October 9

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Wikstroemia trichotoma

The small, rare Wikstroemia shrub is a unique addition to any garden. Currently a member of the mezereon family Thymelaeaceae and from eastern Asia, it was once ranked as a member of the genus Daphne which, along with Edgeworthia, is in the same family. Wikstroemia along with a few other genera of plants were historically used for making Washi paper which is of Japanese cultural significance.

In the wild, it is a small shrub that grows in open forests, shaded places, and along roads. The genus name honors Swedish botanist Johan Emanuel Wikström of the late 1700s, while

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Plants of the Week: September 11

Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon' JTB (1)

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Black Dragon’

Though commonly called Japanese cedar, Cryptomeria japonica was designated by Scottish botanist David Don in the early 1800s as being more closely related to other members of the Cypress Family Cupressaceae rather than to true cedars, which are in the pine family Pinacea,.

Evergreen and cone-bearing, this Japanese native conifer can grow in a variety of conditions from full sun to partial shade. The slow-growing cultivar ‘Black Dragon’ was selected and propagated for its dark foliage; it has bright green new shoots that mature to a deep blackish-green. A ten-year-old specimen can be found outside the …

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Plants of the Week: September 4

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Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’

I keep finding myself writing about shade-loving perennials. I’ve decided the day has come when I have to step outside my obsession and write about all the other wonderful plants there are to be had in the garden; today is not that day though.

Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ catches my eye when it’s planted in any landscape. Its deer resistant, yellow-green, bamboo-like leaves brighten up shaded or darkly-colored gardens. Commonly known as Japanese forest grass, H. macra can grow 18 inches tall, forming dense slow-spreading clumps equally as wide. It can even tolerate growing underneath Juglans nigra,

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