Plants of the Week: November 2

Camellia 'Snow Flurry' (4) JWCCamellia ‘Snow Flurry’

It’s Camellia season! Fall blooming camellias are underrepresented in autumn gardens. They are notable as they provide blooms over a 4-6 week period. Open flowers are susceptible to frost, but closed buds are hardy and will soon open, replacing those damaged by cold temperatures. Camellia ‘Snow Flurry’ is a gorgeous, pure white cultivar. One of the parents of ‘Snow Flurry’ is Camellia oleifera, a fall-flowering Chinese species known for its cold hardiness. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Salvia oxyphora bloom (4) JWC2Salvia oxyphora

The fuzzy Bolivian sage has been catching the eye of many a passersby of late. The large fuzzy …

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Plants of the Week: October 19


Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘Raydon’s Favorite’

All growing season I stare at the green, undulating mound of Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ in the Entrance Garden and question its place in the garden. For most of the warm months it’s just a nondescript green. Then October rolls around and the saying, “to everything there is a season” comes to mind as the aromatic aster bursts into bloom. One can’t help but stare at the cloud of blue. Pollinators find it enticing too! Blooms occur over a near month-long period. North Creek Nursery recommends cutting back after flowering has concluded to prevent the spread …

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Plants of the Week: October 12


Ajania pacifica (silver & gold chrysanthemum)


Do you like Pachysandra? Well I do, and this is a great perennial substitute. Not only is it perennial, it is also full sun and loves lean soil. It has been seen as far south as Atlanta, so you know it is heat and drought tolerant. You can view this wonderful ground cover in the John W. Nason Garden. Its leaves feature sharp-white margins with a matte green interior. Flowers emerge in late fall as small yellow aster-like discs. If you love Pachysandra and have a full sun site, this might be …

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