Plants of the Week: September 9
Chocolate foliage

Plants of the Week: September 9

Chocolate foliage

Adding color to the dry shade behind Kohlberg Hall is Astilbe ‘Chocolate Shogun’. This maroon leaved astilbe is more drought and sun tolerant then the typical astilbe. The lush deeply-cut foliage has remained attractive well into September adding some lovely color to the border. Photo credit: R. Robert



The ornamental onion, Allium ‘Millenium’ is just winding down its bloom and finishing with attractive seedheads this time of year. A. ‘Millenium’ has lovely compact clump forming foliage that looks great along the edges of the Dean Bond Rose Garden beds. Supported on strong stems the rosy purple flowers form in clusters, resembling small balls of blooms. Typical of an allium bulb, A. ‘Millenium’ is loved by pollinators and avoided by deer and rabbits. The sun loving selection blooms in late summer, slightly later than the other selections of allium in the Dean Bond Rose Garden. This plant offers multi-seasonal interest with attractive flowers and seedheads as well as foliage that continue to perform into early fall. photo credit: R. Robert


white striped foliage

A great alternative to ivy for shade groundcover is Impatieins omieana, hardy impatiens. Naturalizing with stolons, this shade loving plant has dark green leaves with white strip mid-rib adding a lovely note of color in your shade garden. Yellow snapdragon flowers bloom in early autumn. Check out the large patch growing in the Isabelle Cosby Courtyard. Photo credit: R. Robert


two garden signs

All of these great plants can be found at the Scott Arboretum Selections: Fall Sale on Saturday, September 14. Look for blue labels in our gardens to find other great plants available at the sale. Download a complete list here.

Becky Robert
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