Plants of Week – February 13

Plants of Week – February 13

H. x intermedia 'Strawberries and Cream' (1) JWCHamamelis x intermedia ‘Strawberries and Cream’ bears atypical bicolor pale yellow and red flowers flushed with pink notes. The deciduous shrub earned high marks for 0% leaf retention. Some cultivars have a tendency to retain desiccated leaves, thus detracting from the floral display. A young specimen is planted between Clothier Hall and Parrish West Circle. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Galanthus at Whisper bench (1) JWCGalanthus are found in abundance throughout The Scott Arboretum. Their pendulous white flowers are some of the first to emerge, heralding the new season. Growers and admirers enamored with the bulb are referred to as galanthophiles. Collectors beware: becoming involved with the genus may cause one to lose sense and coin. Dr. John Grimshaw, a gardening botanist and author, based in Colesbourne, Gloucestershire and former Woody Plant Conference speaker, shared in his blog of single Galanthus ‘Green Tear’ bulb selling in 2011 for roughly $560! Photo credit: J. Coceano

Listed as Daphniphyllum glaucescens (DJHT 99140) 2005-196 A (1) JWC

While likely Daphniphyllum macropodum, the shrub was originally collected as Daphniphyllum glaucescens for the chalky-blue bloom on the underside of the leaves. The evergreen shrub has been steadily gaining in popularity for both its adaptability to various site conditions and for providing a rhododendron-like feel to the landscape. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Rohdea japonica in fruit (2) JWCLook for fruits of Rohdea japonica nestled at the base of established plants. The green leathery leaves provide a true evergreen presence in the winter landscape and partner well with ferns, epimediums, and hostas during the growing season. Seed will be collected, cleaned and sown in the upcoming weeks. Young plants will bulk up existing plantings and provide a durable solution for dry, shady conditions. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Josh Coceano
  • Angela weathers
    Posted at 18:35h, 16 February Reply

    Love my Witch Hazel, but hate the desiccated leaves thought I should be doing more pruning! They seem to be mostly on the old wood.

  • Jay Trolley
    Posted at 04:59h, 17 February Reply

    Now forwarned, I will steel myself when reading bulb catalogs that try to entice one to shell out cold cash for sleeping bulbs that may emerge as Galanthus! I am forever in debt to Josh for the caution!

  • Liane Schleifer
    Posted at 13:05h, 19 February Reply

    Daphniphyllum macropodum is commonly known as “redneck rhododendron” down South. I’m not sure how much I like the droopy look of the leaves, which is exactly how mine look now too. I seem to recall them appearing more upright in summer and fall, but maybe that was an illusion from plants all around leafed out. Oh well, I got them mainly for the red stems! Fruit someday might be a bonus.

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