Fall is for planting! So come on out and see what we have for sale this week on our Plant Buggy outside the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Remember it is cash or check only and we don't have change. Most plants are $5 with a few $10 ones thrown in as well. Our staff and volunteers continue to propagate some of our favorite plants to offer our visitors. Here is a selection of a few of the plants on the trailer this week.
Aster ageratoides 'Ezo Murasaki' - An outstanding Japanese selection of Asian aster. It has incredible medium-purple, frost-resistant fall flowers. It forms a low mat of foliage and spreads quickly by underground stolons. Be prepared, because it will fill a large area in the garden in short order.
Callicarpa japonica 'Shiji Murasaki' - A heavily variegated form of beautyberry with green leaves splashed and speckled white. New growth emerges pink and young stems are pink. Unlike the typical Japanese beautyberries, this form seems to grow somewhat upright and is heavily branched with none of the arching characteristics usually seen. Flowers are pinkish and so far we have seen no fruit set. Our plant has been surprisingly vigorous for the amount of variegation and has not burned in full sun with minimal irrigation. Grows best in sun to shade conditions, reaching an ultimate size of about 6'.
Clethra barbinervis - Whether you call it Japanese pepperbush or Japanese summersweet, you will admire it for its sweetly-scented white flowers, produced in summer, and the richly exfoliating bark specimens attain with age. Grow as an upright, open shrub or a small flowering tree in sun to shade.
Gardenia jasminoides 'Shooting Star' - ‘Shooting Star’ is a compact cultivar of gardenia noted for its winter hardiness and large, fragrant, single white flowers up to 3” in diameter in late spring. Its glossy, evergreen leaves will add beauty to your garden all year long.
Hydrangea serrata 'Ô amacha Nishiki' - A lovely small lacecap hydrangea with flowers that tend toward the pink rather than blue. The foliage is heavily dusted with creamy white which helps light up the shade garden.
Magnolia maudiae - Enjoy the intoxicating fragrance of pristine white flowers in late winter on this evergreen magnolia. Flowers are large (4"-6") and it has been described in bloom as "one of the greater surreal experiences of horticulture." Plant in a location that has protection from cold north winds.
Sinningia 'Bananas Foster' - From May until frost you will enjoy this delightful hardy gloxinia in your garden. True to its name, it produces dozens of 2" pale yellow tubular flowers. It is very drought tolerant and perfect for a rock garden or other sunny location. It is such a very cool and desirable plant.
Sphaeralcea 'Shell Pink' - This lovely globe mallow is widely touted as an annual plant but has been perfectly hardy for us over the last five years in a well-drained, sunny spot. The hibiscus relative makes a spreading plant with silvery leaves and pink flowers. It will look great in containers or hanging baskets as well as in the garden but may not be hardy in a pot.
Other plants on the cart this week include:
XFatshedera lizei 'Curly', Amsonia hubrichtii, Sedum emarginatum 'Eco-Mt. Omei', Buxus sempervirens 'Vardar Valley', Ruellia simplex 'Chi Chi', Hippeastrum 'Scarlet Baby', Sinningia tubiflora
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