Plant of the Week

Plants of the Week: August 7

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Tricyrtis formosana ‘Autumn Glow’

I’ve walked past this little plant dozens of times, subconsciously waiting for it to do something special. Yes, it has an interesting shape, and the leaves are nicely variegated, but it never stood out as a plant that would do much more than provide a hardy, naturalizing groundcover. Tricyrtis formosana proved me wrong.

Perched at the top of 2’ tall stalks, striking clusters of orchid-like amethyst-purple flowers with dark spots begin blooming towards the end of July and continue to bloom into the fall. T. formosana, also commonly known as toadlily, originates from Japan.


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Plant of the Week: July 31

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Geranium Rozanne® ‘Gerwat’

Large swaths of this hardy geranium cultivar, also called cranesbill, can be found around the Harry Wood Courtyard Garden. Geranium Rozanne®  was bred for its clumping growth habit and almost non-stop flowering during the summer. It forms mounds up to two feet wide.

Its large, violet-blue flowers can be deadheaded as they fade to increase further blooming. Rozanne® has excellent heat tolerance thriving in full sun and part shade. As long as your soil is not waterlogged, this cultivar should be happy. Photo credit: R. Robert

 Chamaecyperis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis' GW-1

Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’

Chamaecyparis, or falsecypress just might be …

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Plants of the Week: July 17

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Lilium ‘Big Brother’

Lilies are in bloom all over campus. Lilium ‘Big Brother gets its name from the large flowers that grow anywherefrom 6 to 12 inches across. It can reach four to six feet in height. The flowers bloom in mid-summer and attract butterflies.

This lily is found thriving in the Theresa Lang Garden of Fragrance among lower shrubs. The soft, creamy-yellow of the flower is eye-catching as are other additional accents of yellow scattered throughout this bed. The perennial’s sweet smell and architectural structure with strikingly large flowers make it a showstopper.

‘Big Brother’ can be found …

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