Sunday, February 24, 2008

Landscape - New Landscape Plants to Consider

The following are some new landscape plants to consider. Information is from Andrew Bunting, Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore College.

Parthenocissus tricuspidata ‘Fenway Park’. Fenway Park Boston Ivy. Discovered by an Arnold Arboretum employee near the famous Boston ballpark, this plant has leaves that emerge yellow, gradually turn green and flame red in fall. This is a climbing deciduous vine.

Leycesteria formosa Golden Lanterns ™. Golden Lanterns Himalayan Honeysuckle. This plant has bright yellow-green heart shaped leaves with new growth having a red color. It produces clusters of white flowers with red bracts in the summer and dark purple berries in the fall.

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’. Little Honey Golden Oakleaf Hydrangea. The species is an eight-foot tall plant with bold, oak-like leaves and large, white, pyramidal flower clusters borne in July. ‘Little Honey’, a sport from ‘Pee Wee’, is a compact selection growing only to 3’ in height and width with smaller leaves and flowers. The leaves open a bright golden-yellow and mature to a pleasing chartreuse. Fall color is brilliant red. Performs best in moderate shade and well-drained soil.

Deutzia gracilis Chardonnay Pearls. Chardonnay Pearls Slender Deutzia. This slender Deutzia has lime yellow foliage all summer and is covered with white star-shaped flowers in the spring. It's a compact shrub only 20"-36" tall and 18"-24" wide. This easy to grow, deciduous shrub performs best in a site with partial shade and medium moisture.

Information from Andrew Bunting, Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore College,

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