Monday, July 29, 2013

Late Summer Flowering Shrubs and an Aster

These are in bloom at the perennial plant nursery. All are available as of 7/29/13




(Text below is from the Missouri Botanical Garden's website)

Clethra alnifolia 'Caleb' VANILLA SPICE                          Common Name: sweet pepperbush
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Clethraceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Garden Location: The Fragrance Garden, Bank of America Family Vegetable Garden
Height: 3 to 6 feet
Spread: 3 to 6 feet
Bloom Time: July to August
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Low
Flowers: Showy Flowers, Fragrant Flowers
Leaves: Good Fall Color
Tolerates: Clay Soil, Wet Soil, Dense Shade
Uses: Erosion Control, Rain Garden

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers part shade and consistently moist, acidic, sandy soils. Soils should not be allowed to dry out. Tolerates clay soils. Tolerates full shade. Promptly remove root suckers unless naturalized look is desired. Propagate by cuttings. Prune if needed in late winter.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Caleb’ is a summersweet cultivar that is commonly sold in commerce under the trade name of VANILLA SPICE. It is a densely-branched, rounded, suckering, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 3-6’ tall and is noted for its compact size, large flower panicles and large individual flowers. Sweetly-fragrant, white flowers bloom in large cylindrical, bottlebrush-like, terminal panicles (each to 10-12" long) for approximately 4-6 weeks in summer. Each individual flower is about double the size of the flowers on other summersweet varieties. Serrate, obovate, dark green leaves (to 4” long) turn a variable but generally attractive yellow/golden brown in fall. Flowers give way to dark brown seed capsules that may persist well into winter. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies and bees. Summersweets are somewhat unique among late summer-flowering shrubs because of their ability to bloom in shady locations. U. S. Plant Patent Applied For (PPAF).

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Mass or group in lawns, foundations or shrub borders. Good flowering shrub for shade or woodland gardens. Effective as a hedge. Also appropriate for moist soils along stream banks or pond/water garden peripheries. Also may be naturalized in cottage gardens, wild gardens or naturalized areas. Plant near a patio to enjoy the fragrant late summer bloom. Compact size makes this an ideal flowering shrub for smaller gardens.



Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird'


Common Name: sweet pepperbush
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Clethraceae
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 2 to 4 feet
Spread: 3 to 5 feet
Bloom Time: July to August
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Description: Creamy white
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Low
Flowers: Showy Flowers, Fragrant Flowers
Leaves: Good Fall Color
Fruit: Showy Fruit
Wildlife: Attracts Butterflies
Tolerates: Clay Soil, Wet Soil, Dense Shade
Uses: Erosion Control, Hedge, Rain Garden, Will Naturalize

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Adaptive to a wide range of soil, moisture and light conditions. Prefers part shade and consistently moist to wet, acidic soils. Tolerates full shade, however. Spreads slowly by rhizomes.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This summersweet cultivar is a compact, slowly spreading, deciduous shrub which typically grows only 3-4' tall and features fluffy, bottle brush-like, terminal, 3-6" spikes (racemes) of extremely fragrant white flowers which bloom on current season's growth for 4-6 weeks in mid to late summer and serrated, glossy, dark green leaves which turn a striking yellow in autumn. Flower spikes give way to spikes of dark brown seed capsules which persist into winter and provide continuing interest. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies and bees. Somewhat unique among the summer-flowering shrubs because of its ability to produce good bloom in shady locations. This cultivar retains a more compact, mounding shape and is more floriferous than the species (Clethra alnifolia).

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

This compact summersweet cultivar is an excellent, trouble-free shrub which masses well in conspicuous areas in lawns or shrub borders where its attractive foliage, fragrant summer bloom, good fall color and tidy winter appearance can be showcased. Compact, rounded habit makes it ideal for small gardens or around foundations. Also a good shrub for wet areas, such as low spots, stream banks or pond/water garden edges.

Viburnum dentatum 'Christom' BLUE MUFFIN


Common Name: arrowwood viburnum
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Adoxaceae
Zone: 3 to 8
Garden Location: Lang Family Bird Garden, George Washington Carver Garden, Lois Whiteside Franklin Flower Trial Garden, Lucy and Stanley Lopata Prairie Garden
Height: 3 to 5 feet
Spread: 3 to 4 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flowers: Showy Flowers
Leaves: Good Fall Color
Fruit: Showy Fruit
Wildlife: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies
Tolerates: Clay Soil, Black Walnuts
Uses: Hedge

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist loams, but tolerates wide range of soils. Established plants have some drought tolerance. Prune as needed immediately after flowering.

Noteworthy Characteristics

BLUE MUFFIN is a compact, rounded, deciduous, arrowwood viburnum shrub that typically matures to 3-5’ tall and as wide. White flowers in flat-topped cymes appear in mid to late spring. Flowers give way to pea-sized blue berries that mature in late summer. Berries are attractive to birds. Ovate dark green leaves (to 3.5” long) turn attractive shades of orange to burgundy-purple in fall. Original cultivar name of this plant is ‘Christom’, but it is being marketed under the name of BLUE MUFFIN.

Plant of Merit

This compact arrowwood viburnum typically grows to 3-5 feet tall. It is noted for its flat-topped cymes of white flowers in spring, pea-sized blue berries that mature in late summer, ovate dark green leaves and orange to burgundy-purple fall color. It is an easy-to-grow selection for use as a landscape specimen, hedge, or grouped in shrub borders or foundations. Tolerates a wide range of soils, but prefers moist loams in full sun to part shade.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Susan's note: These are heavily eaten by birds.

Garden Uses

A compact version of the species that is native to Eastern North America. Specimen or groups. Shrub borders, foundations or hedges.



Aster 'Alert' 

 (text from Perennial Resource .com)


Common Name:
 Aster-New York

Common Name (Alternative): Michaelmas Daisy

Densely packed clusters of deep purplish-red flowers provide outstanding color in the garden from late summer into fall. They make a terrific accent to fall blooming grasses and the changing colors of the trees. 'Alert' has an especially compact habit and the flowers are great for cutting.
The novi-belgii species is valued for its compact growth habit, rich flower color, and floriferous tendancies. It is native to North America.


CHARACTERISTICS:

Susan's note: these really do bloom Late JUly to Frost. I have honey bees all over these. They are hotter pink than these photos.




Height:
  12-15 Inches
Spread:
  15-18 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple-red shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:

  Late summer
  Early fall
  Mid-fall

ATTRIBUTES:

This species performs best in rich, evenly moist soil and full sun. Give them lots of room to grow; good air circulation will help to prevent powdery mildew. To maintain their health and vigor, divide plants every couple of years in the spring.


Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Mass Planting

HOMEOWNER GROWING & MAINTENANCE TIPS:

This species performs best in rich, evenly moist soil and full sun. Give them lots of room to grow; good air circulation will help to prevent powdery mildew. To maintain their health and vigor, divide plants every couple






Thursday, July 18, 2013

Daylily Season -July


Daylily Collection Sale

DAYLILY SALE -
We're once again offering our daylilies in a collection of freshly dug daylilies 20 Reds and Purples or a pastel blend $50. All labeled, named varieties. These are clumps of fans, not just a fan or 2. All are in bloom now. Just call to place an order and schedule a pickup time. We're just 10 miles from Boone out Hwy. 421 N. 828-297-4098

  • We also have daylilies in pots and will sell individual varieties by the clump.
  • We've reduced all the pot grown daylilies to $7.00.

    Fruit Punch

    Muffin's Skyscraper 3-4'



    Emperor's Butterfly

    Crimson Shadows

    Mauna Loa


Variety Photo
Name
Color
Bed #
Height
Type
Bloom size
Bloom season
BR/pot Price

Cameroons
Claret self
3S
28”
EV TET
5”
M
10.00/15.00

Chamonix
Deep rose bloom with large gold eye
2
30”
Cream watermark EV
6”
EM
6.00/7.00

Charles Johnson
Reddish burgundy, well-rounded, fragrant
4
24”

6”
E, rebloomer
7.00/8.00

Country Melody
Rich rosy pink petals, sepals lighter, soft yellow halo
3M
30”
D
5.5”
M
6.00/8.00

Crimson Shadows
Deep rich crimson red
2
25”
D
5”
ML
6.00/8.00

Double Elthel
Ruffled fleshy peach with rose halo, yellow throat
Pot only
29”
D
5”
ML
8.00 pots

Dublin Elaine
dbl. Pink excellent fluffy dbl w/ creamy pink flush yellow
2
32”
D
5.5”
M
10.00/15.00

Emperor’s Butterfly
Violet orchid with
8
28”
classic large creamy lavender watermark yellow Th.
4” 
EM EV rebloom
10.00/15.00

Frankly Scarlet
Sunfast scarlet red
4
18-30”
D rust resistant
4”
M
7.00- 1

Fruit Punch
Blend of melon, lemon, peach, gold, watermelon
Pot, #8


5-6”

7.00 limited

Happy Returns
Canary yellow
Pot only
16”
Ever bloomer mini
3”
May-frost
7.00

Hey There
Bright red
Pot only




7.00

Lavender Vista
Dark lavender with green throat
2
20-24”
EV
5-6”

6.00/7.00

Little Fred
Black red/purple with green throat
Pot only
24” 
EM SEV
3”
EM rebloomer
7.00

Lucky Stripe
Red with white stripe on the sepals
2




7.00 limited

Lullaby Baby
Pure baby pink, well branched
4
18-20”
Rust resistant
D
5.00/6.00

Mauna Loa
Bright deep orange
8
22”
D TET
5”
M
6.00/7.00

Muffin’s Dream
Tall red
2M




6.00/7.00

Muffin’s Skyscraper
Tall yellow
3M




5.00/6.00

Nile Crane
Bluish lavender w/ cream-flesh highlights, chartreuse
2M
26”
EV TET
5”
M rebloom
5.00/6.00

Pandora’s Box
Cream with purple throat
Pot, #8
19”
EV
4”
EM rebloomer
6.00/7.00

Persian Market
Coral rose-pink  with rose halo, cream mid-ribs
8
25-34”
EV
7”
M
8.00 pots only - 2

Plum Perfect
Plum Purple with dark eyes, well branched
Pot, #1
16-24”
EV
3-4”
M
5.00/6.00

Red Volunteer
Crimson red well branched scapes
4
29-33”

6-7”
6.00/7.00

Riley Barron
red
3M
34”
SEV
6”
M
8.00

Siloam Gold Nugget
Gold completely round, green throat
8
20”
D
5”
EM
8.00

Star Dream
Yellow fragrant, last to bloom
Pot, 




6.00

Starstruck
Gold- hint of melon
3S
30”
5”
L
5.00/6.00

Swirling water
Ruffled purple/pink
Pot, #3
22”
with cream splash yellow throat SEV
6.5”
EM
7.00/8.00

Walters tango
Bright tangerine red with red throat
8

D

ML
7.00/8.00
Country Melody


Fruit Punch

Plum Perfect

Nile Crane



Walter's Tango