Monday, March 2, 2009

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

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 seventh in a series on plants being offered at the UDBG spring plant sale that are recommended for Delaware landscapes.

Pinus rigida, Pitch Pine, 40-60', full sun, dry to moist soil conditions. This pine is common in the serpentine barrens, as well as the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, thriving in the most inhospitable situations. It is quite salt tolerant – great possibilities for beach planting. Native plant. Photo of Lake Atsion in the New Jersey Pine Barrens with Pinus rigida forest

Taxodium ascendens‘Morris’, Debonair® Pond Cypress, 50-70', sun to shade, dry to moist soil conditions. Named for the narrow upright habit, the ferny foliage is distinctly elegant. The leaves turn a rusty orange color in the fall prior to dropping. Small branches gracefully droop, then turn up at the ends, creating a slight weeping habit. Native plant.

Thuja occidentalis ‘Filiformis’, Eastern Arborvitae, 4-8', full sun, moist soil conditions. The broad-pyramidal habit is softened by the thread-like foliage that drops gracefully at the ends of the branches. Native plant.

Thuja orientalis ‘Beverly Hills’, Oriental Arborvitae, 8-10', full sun, dry to moist soil conditions. More heat tolerant than our eastern arborvitae, the bright yellow green winter color foliage is a sure eye catcher. Plants stay relatively small with a consistent, conical habit.

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