Monday, April 14, 2008

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

This is continuation of the series on plants to consider for Delaware Landscapes featuring those plants that are being offered at the upcoming UDBG Spring Plant Sale.

Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Bevan's Variety’. Bigroot Geranium 8-10". Thick, underground rhizomes make this plant a reliably drought-tolerant groundcover that spreads over time. Clusters of 1-in.-wide, magenta-red blooms in spring. Fragrant, velvety foliage is highlighted by red-bronze tones in autumn.

Iris prismatica. Slender Blue Iris 1-2'. Narrow, grass-like foliage is striking and provides interest from spring through fall. Grows well in bogs, marshes, water gardens, or moist areas. When you see the narrow petaled, violet-blue flowers in spring, you will be sold! Seldom grown native which should be in more gardens.

Kalimeris incisa ‘Blue Star’. Blue False Aster 15". Pale blue, 1 in.-wide, daisy-like flowers cover this plant from June through October. Exceptionally easy to grow: drought, heat, and humidity tolerant, plus a variety of soils. Striking in masses; a fabulous cool-color plant.

Mazus reptans ‘Alba’. White Cupflower 2-3". Charming, durable, low-growing groundcover with bright green leaves. This cultivar features orchid-like white flowers with yellow markings that appear late spring/early summer. Perfect for rock gardens and planting among flagstones — one can even walk on it with no ill effect.

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

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