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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Fall Planting Wish List

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by Melita Schmeckpeper (2017-2018 Education Intern)

Fall is an ideal time for planting. I asked Scott Arboretum Curator and Plant Recorder Mary Tipping for three of her favorite tried-and-true plant performers.  Whether you’re looking for resilient hydrangeas, texture-rich perennials, or abundantly-flowering trees, her list was inspiring!

Resembling stars hovering around the smaller fertile flowers, the sterile flowers are doubled with slightly pointed petals.  photo credit: J. Coceano

Resembling stars hovering around the smaller fertile flowers, the sterile flowers of Hydrangea serrata ‘Miyama-yae-murasaki’ are doubled with slightly pointed petals. photo credit: J. Coceano

Hydrangea serrata ‘Miyama-yae-murasaki’

If your Hydrangea macrophylla are suffering from winter damage, Mary Tipping recommends this lovely mountain hydrangea as a great substitute thanks to its good winter resistance

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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

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Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’

Chamaecyparis, or falsecypress just might be …

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