Viburnum shrubs have beautiful white flowers in the spring and showy leaves and fruit in the fall. The genus is native throughout the northern hemisphere, so there are quite a few species and cultivars. Many varieties are native to the US, and more specifically to western NY.
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The two raised beds in the nursery yard were planted by the WASH project. Recently people have been noticing the GIANT tomatoes slowly ripening in the jungle-like tomato bed. What are they? Buffalo Giant Heart tomatoes that were part of our heirloom vegetable program in the late spring. With the name ‘Buffalo Heart’ we need… Read more »
Fall is a great time for planting shrubs, trees and perennials. Cooler air temperatures mean the plants aren’t as stressed as they are in the summer and warm soil allows plants to develop healthy roots systems.
In 1775 William Bartram, American naturalist, fist described the oak leaf hydrangea. He was exploring and collecting new plant specimens in south central Georgia and came across a hydrangea with ‘oak-like leaves.’
The perennial Chelone is a native plant with clean, green foliage. In late summer tall spikes of white or pink flowers bloom. The plant is named after its flowers, which look like turtles coming out of their shells (some imagination may be needed to see this!).
Sedum is a wonderful plant in a sunny, well drained garden. The fleshy leaves retain water, making sedum drought and heat tolerant once they are established in the garden. They flower in late summer, and some of the buds on our plants are just starting to open.
Callicarpa certainly lives up to it common name. Beauty berry bushes have small pink flowers in clusters along their long, arching branches during the summer. In fall and winter glossy purple berries replace the flowers.
The sweet smell of Clethra alnifolia flowers should be arriving in gardens shortly. Just the single flower stem on our desk is powerful enough to smell a few feet away.
The cool, wet weather we have had means adding new plants to the garden is ok, even in the height of summer. Planting fall performing plants earlier than their peak season allows them to become established in the garden. Here are a number of varieties we love for their flowers, fall leaf color and stunning berries.