Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Landscape and Nursery - Plants for Delaware Landscapes Featured at the 2009 UDBG Spring Plant Sale IV

This year, the University of Delaware Botanic Garden spring benefit plant sale features those plants that add to the biodiversity of the landscape and offer food and habitat for wildlife, especially insects and the birds that eat them. Many native plants are featured. This is the fourth in a series on plants being offered at the UDBG spring plant sale that are recommended for Delaware landscapes.

Aesculus parviflora, Bottlebrush Buckeye, 8-12', Full sun to shade, moist conditions, Multi-stemmed and wide spreading, this shrub is well suited for massing, and does best in shade conditions. A handsome specimen, pollinators will be lured to the candelabra-like white flowers in June, and then in the fall, the nuts will be coveted by wildlife. Native plant. Photo by David Stephens, Bugwood.org

Aesculus paviaHumilis’, Red Buckeye, 15', Full sun to part shade, moist soil conditions. This adaptable plant can be grown as a large shrub. The pure red flowers appear in late spring and contrast well against the deep green foliage. While leaves do not have any significant fall color, they are free from disease. The nuts, produced in the fall, are a good food source for many animals. Native plant. Photo by Dan Tenaglia, Missouriplants.com, Bugwood.org

Amelanchier canadensis, Shadblow Serviceberry, 6-20', full sun to shade, moist to wet soil conditions. The suckering stems produce dense shrubs that often occur in wetlands in their native habitat. Numerous white flowers in early April entice early pollinators. Sweet, edible black fruit mature in June. Fall color typically golden yellow with red or orange tints. Native plant. Photo by the Dow Gardens Archive, Dow Gardens, Bugwood.org

For more information on the 2009 UDBG Spring Plant Sale go to http://ag.udel.edu/udbg/events/annualsale.html

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