Plants of the Week – February 11

Plants of the Week – February 11

A young Acer x conspicuum ‘Phoenix’ planted between the Science Center and DuPont parking lot is particularly striking against the gray stone of the Science Center building. A. x conspicuum ‘Phoenix’ is a stunning red stripebark maple championed for its intense red bark coloration which is considered to be brighter than the bark of Acer pensylvanicum ‘Erythrocladum’. Trees remain small in stature maturing on average to 25’. Yellow fall color is an added bonus. Photo credit: J. Coceano


As many of the witchazels begin to bloom I find myself drawn to the red-flowering varieties. Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Feuerzauber’ also sold as Fire Charm is found growing behind Parrish Hall. While considered a red flower, blooms bear salmon and pink tones. Full leaf drop occurs in the autumn and doesn’t detract from the floral display. Photo credit: J. Coceano


Heuchera ‘Circus’ has fared remarkably well this winter. Spring and summer growth, characterized by chartreuse leaves with maroon veining, transitions to shades of paper brown and pistachio in winter. The alum root can withstand dry shade as well as moist soils. Even better, deer and rabbits don’t browse on this perennial.  Photo credit: J. Coceano


The 2013 Unusual Tropicals and Annuals Sale will offer customers an eclectic selection of remarkable plants from such growers as Landcraft Environments, Ltd. and Peace Tree Farms. Look for a varied selection of begonias including Begonia ‘Cowardly Lion’. Besides a great cultivar name, the rex begonia sports chocolate covered veins on top of warm layers of yellow and orange.  Photo credit: J. Coceano


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