Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Nursery and Landscape - Plants to Consider for Delaware Landscapes Featured at the Upcoming UDBG Plant Sale

This is the seventh in a series of plants to consider for Delaware Landscapes featuring those plants that are being offered at the UDBG Spring Plant Sale.

Cercis canadensis subsp. texensis ‘Traveller’. Texas Redbud 4-5'. The glossy foliage emerges coppery red with a distinct wavy margin and leathery texture. The diminutive size and broad, weeping habit are reminiscent of a Japanese maple. Abundant, rose-purple flowers outline the branch architecture.

Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’ (Andersoniana Group). Golden Spiderwort 8-12". Distinctive yellow foliage accents elegant clusters of 3-petaled, purple-blue flowers. Individual blooms last only a day, but continually opening buds provide color throughout early summer. Cut back in mid-summer for a fresh crop of late summer/fall blooms.

Saruma henryi. Upright Wild Ginger 2'. An unusual, hard-to-find, shade-loving ginger relative with showy-yellow flowers from May to September. Attractive, large, fuzzy, heart-shaped leaves. Nice complement for other shade dwellers like Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ and Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Arabicus’.

Echinacea ‘Pink Double Delight’ PPAF. Coneflower 2'. This new cultivar has amazing double pink pom-pom-like flowers that start in July and continue until frost. Vigorous compact perennial that is drought resistant once established.

For more information go to the online UDBC Spring Plant Sale catalog at

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