Monday, March 9, 2009

Landscape and Nursery - Plants for Delaware Landscapes Featured at the 2009 UDBG Spring Plant Sale #11

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

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Hayes Starburst’, Smooth Hydrangea, 3-4', full sun to full shade, moist soil conditions. Sterile, double white flowers, with fertile flowers held beneath, add significant interest to the garden from June through August. Native plant.

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Alice’, Oakleaf Hydrangea, 8-12', full sun to part shade, moist soil conditions. To sum it up in one word – robust! A vigorous plant producing flower clusters 1 foot or more in length with quarter sized flowers. The white flowers fade pink in the fall, looking great with the burgundy colored foliage. Native plant.

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Sikes Dwarf’, Oakleaf Hydrangea, 3-4', full sun to part shade, moist soil conditions. Half the mature size of the straight species and perfect for planting under windows, where you can enjoy white flowers in summer and burgundy leaves in fall. Native plant. Photo from ecommons@cornell,

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