Plants of the Week: August 31

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis' JAPM (4)Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’

This beautiful Chamaecyparis situated behind Kohlberg Hall is showing off its healthy, dark green foliage. In Japanese, hinoki means “fire tree”. This dwarf hinoki cypress has likely surpassed its expected height of 9’, but the species plants grow up to 120’ in the wild. The cultivar name means “Dwarf” for nana, and “Slender or graceful” for gracilis. Photo credit: J. Preisendorfer

Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Snow Cream' JAPM (1)Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Snow Cream’

At the corner of the Lang Performing Arts Center and the back of Kohlberg Hall, you’ll find this interesting Edgeworthia. I like this plant largely because of the whirling leaf …

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Beyond Beauty: Why your Rose Garden needs more then Roses

June 10 2015 Update RHR 049Have you visited the modern rose garden? The one interplanted with all types of flowering perennials, trees, and shurbs, alive with buzzing insects, chirping birds and awash in lovely scents. No longer will you find a garden of strictly roses with one month of wow and minimal interaction with birds, bugs, and bees. The renovated Dean Bond Rose Garden has been redesigned with sustainability in mind. The added benefit of considering sustainability in plant selection produces multi-seasonal interest in the rose garden as never before.

Today’s rose garden is interplanted with a variety of plants to encourage the growth of beneficial insect populations to help control unwanted pests. photo credit: R. Robert

Today’s rose garden is interplanted with a variety of plants to encourage the growth of

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Plants of the Week: August 17

Helianthus ‘Sunshine Daydream’ (1) LKL

Helianthus ‘Sunshine Daydream’

 A dazzling bright yellow color and intriguing texture make the Helianthus ‘Sunshine Daydream’ a must-see. As you walk along the pathway by the Biostream, you will notice the distinctive flower pattern and double blooms of this herbaceous summer perennial which flowers continuously from June to August. Native to North America, it is a branch sport of ‘Capenoch Star’ and looks similar to a dahlia. Not only are the flowers fantastic for cutting, but also for attracting butterflies and bees. In addition to its stunning appearance, Helianthus ‘Sunshine Daydream’ is hearty in the summer heat and is mildew …

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