Plants of the Week: April 14

Prunus x incam ‘Okame’

Tender and bright, Prunus x incam ‘Okame’ sends out its lush inflorescences, dense on branches and appearing from afar as a single cloud of pink along the Cherry Border. ‘Okame’ petals are a faint watercolor pink with brushes of darker hues at the base and tip. The flowers, which hang in clusters from the branches, are cradled in waxy calices that fade from lipstick-red to pale green.  This cultivar is a resultant cross of the Fuji cherry Prunus incisa and the Taiwan cherry Prunus campanulata; both are native to Eastern Asia. Photo credit: R. Robert

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Plants of the Week: March 31

Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Snow Cream’ sets its downy, pendulous flower heads in the fall. It will produce heavily dangling, lush, yellow and cream colored flower heads in the early spring. For now, the other-worldly ornaments offer a nice silvery-tan accent against the auburn bark of the plant’s thick branches. Commonly known as the Oriental paper bush, fibrous material from the bark of this plant species was used for many years in Japan to make high quality paper. In the past this particular cultivar was known as ‘Tony’s Clone’ having been selected by Plant Delights Nursery’s Tony Avent, the name was recently …

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3 Reasons to Dig, Divide, and Share your Plants

The weather has finally broken and green shoots are pushing up everywhere. Spring is great time to dig, divide, and share your plants. But why go through that effort when the plants are clearly happy where they are?

  1. To reinvigorate your perennials. Over the years, perennials can begin to produce fewer flowers or develop a “sickly zone” in the center of the plant. Dividing the plants allows for new growth and vigor resulting in improved foliage display and flowering.

2. To stop the  take over! Some perennials are so happy in their location they begin to take over your entire …

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