Plants of the Week – March 14

Plants of the Week – March 14

Cornus mas photo credit: J. Coceano

Cornus mas, seen here growing beside Bond Hall, is commonly known as the Corneliancherry Dogwood.  The yellow flowers, borne on short umbels, appear in March and last for several weeks.  Look for Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ at the 2011 Scott Associates’ Plant Sale.

Pieris japonica photo credit: J. Coceano

Pieris japonica by the Cunningham House is a slow growing, broadleaf evergreen that prefers moist, acidic soils.  Pendulous, urn-shaped flowers appear in March.  Pieris ‘Mountain Fire’ will be available at the 2011 Scott Associates’ Plant Sale.

Helleborus Brandywine TM Strain photo credit: J. Coceano

Planted throughout the Scott Arboretum, Helleborus Brandywine TM Strain provides an array of vivid colors and distinct forms.  Introduced by David Culp, the series includes single, double, and semi-double flower forms.

Adonis amurensis photo credit: J. Coceano

Adonis amurensis is a favorite symbol of the Japanese New Year.  This spring ephemeral produces yellow flowers in early spring,  immediately followed by finely dissected fern-like foliage that disappears by early summer in the Entrance Garden.

Josh Coceano
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