Archive for September 2011

Plants of the Week – September 5

Lonicera pileata 'Moss Green' Calder sculpture (1) JWCThe privet honeysuckle, Lonicera pileata, is a staple shrub used extensively throughout the Scott Arboretum. This ground-covering shrub bears lustrous dark green leaves on horizontal branches. Seen here circling the Calder sculpture, L. pileata slowly grows 2-3’ tall with a 3-5’ spread. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Cedrus deodora 'Silver Mist' JWC

Looking for a graceful conifer that won’t quickly outgrow its allotted space? Consider Cedrus deodara ’Silver Mist’. This slow-growing conifer (6”/year) creates a conical, yet sweeping presence in the landscape. Small silver-green needles cover slightly pendulous branches. The nursery industry lauds C. deodara ‘Silver Mist’ for its ability to grow in full sun …

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Wildlife and Conservation: Ground covers

Pollinator Garden at Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College. photo credit: R. RobertSue Stark wrote about creating a certified wildlife habitat in her backyard. Until very recently Sue was a Gardener and Volunteer Coordinator at the Scott Arboretum. While she was packing to move with her family to Connecticut, we asked her to take a break and comment on the plants in the Scott Associates Plant Sale that have particular interest for wildlife and conservation.

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Gardeners, Dwight Darkow and Sue Stark, pose for a whimsical photo. photo credit: D. Mattis

Sue noted, in addition to wildlife benefits, she was interested in plants that establish strongly—that could fill bed spaces, replace lawn, and …

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Irate Irene

Minor damage from Irene. photo credit: R. RobertHurricane Irene’s fury delivered 6 inches of rain and wind gusts reaching 52 mph, but no heartbreaks. While we lost a large Catalpa speciosa in the Catalpa Collection, the rest of the campus suffered minor damage with broken branches and scattered leaves.

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Fallen Catalpa in the Catalpa/Magnolia Collection. photo credit: R. Robert

The Crum Creek flowed through its flood plain including Rogers Grove and the newly established riparian forest buffer, cresting at the feet of the James R. Frorer Holly Collection.

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The Crum Creek flowed into its flood plain bending these saplings in the newly establish riparian forest buffer. photo

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