Sunday, April 6, 2008

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

This is the eleventh 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 ‘Forest Pansy’. Eastern Redbud 20-30'. Not to downplay the rose-purple flowers but it is the foliage color that is the main attraction on this cultivar. Leaves emerge deep purplish red, and the glossy leaves shimmer in the sunlight. Plant in full sun as shade turns the foliage to nearly green.

Tricyrtis formosana ‘Samurai’. Toad Lily 1-1.5'. Compact cultivar with shiny green leaves, stylishly rimmed with creamy golden-yellow. Plant this fall-bloomer where you can enjoy its delicate details: Orchid-like violet flowers are speckled with deep purple and marked by a yellow throat

Mitchella repens. Partridge Berry 1". An evergreen groundcover seen in our native woodlands, but not nearly enough in our gardens. Pink-white flowers appear in June and July, followed by red berries that persist through winter. A choice plant for the connoisseur.

Dryopteris erythrosora. Autumn Fern 1.5-2'. Evergreen, vase-shaped fern with copper-colored new growth; sends up new fronds until fall. The shiny leathery fronds form the backbone of any fern collection and look terrific mingling with shrubs.

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

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