Tuesday, April 15, 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.

Fothergilla × intermedia ‘Mt. Airy’. Fothergilla 6'.The best you can ask of any plant is to offer multiple seasons of interest and this one straight out delivers. The fragrant, creamy-white, small bottlebrush-like flower clusters provide a outstanding display in the spring and the superb yellow-orange-red fall color closes the season in the fall. Winter architecture a plus. Plants blend well in the shrub border, as specimens and groups.

Genista lydia ‘Select’. Woadwaxen 1-2'. dd 1 g, Form and flowers meet in this shrub. The low form with arching green branches is as attractive in the winter as it is in the summer. The small leaves accentuate the form in summer. Add the bright yellow flowers in the summer and you have a hit.

Heptacodium miconioides. Seven-son Flower 15-20'. Another shrub with multiple seasons of interest: Soft green leaves, showy, sweetly fragrant, white flowers in summer; red-purple bracts that follow; and attractive scaly bark in winter.
Hibiscus syriacus ‘Antong Two’. Lil’ Kim™ Shrub Althea 3-4'. A stunning new plant selected for its diminutive habit. Flowers are white with a red center and last longer than in most cultivars. The small stature makes this a great combination with perennials or as an accent in mixed shrub plantings.

For more information go to the online UDBC Spring Plant Sale catalog at http://ag.udel.edu/udbg/events/documents/UDBGCat08.pdf

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