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.

Sue noted, in addition to wildlife benefits, she was interested in plants that establish strongly—that could fill bed spaces, replace lawn, and in particular be an alternative to ivy. In many cases, she gave examples of how …

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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.

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.

The hurricane and major thunderstorms that have recently passed through the area have given our stormwater management strategies quite a workout. Check out the video below to see how …

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