Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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BEYOND BLOOMS

Flowering plants no doubt add beauty to the landscape.   However, since nothing flowers 100% of the time, adding others plants with varying leaf shape, color, and texture will make for an interesting garden.  The Arboretum has hundreds of trees and shrubs for you to see.  Come take a look.  Here are three examples:
Vitex angus-castus (Chaste Tree) has interesting seed heads that follow the summer flowers.

Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' with it's variegated foliage and red stems goes through several color changes through the season.  It flowers as well.

Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea (Japanese Barberry) has purple foliage and is deer resistant.

Check out this list of small shrubs for our area:  SMALL SHRUBS FOR NC

Monday, August 18, 2014

THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER BLOOMS

Quoting directly from our Master Gardener of the Week in charge of the 'What's in Bloom' display "Even in the dog's day of summer, something is always in bloom at the Arboretum."

Left to Right:  1-Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' (Dwarf Fountain Grass), 2-Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' (Black-eyed Susan), 3-Salvia farinaccea (Mealy Cup Sage), 4-Allium tuberosum (Garlic chives), 5-Solidago odora (Sweet goldenrod)

6-Lantana camara 'Miss Huff', 7-Abelia x grandiflora 'Little Richard', 8-Abelia chinensis (Chinese abelia), 9-Hibiscus syriacus 'Aphrodite' (Rose of Sharon), 10-Buddlia davidii 'Black Knight' (Butterfly bush)
Photos by R. Davis

If you are looking for flowers that bloom in the fall, check out this list of

Thursday, August 14, 2014

WHAT'S IN BLOOM DISPLAY

When you visit the Arboretum, make our 'What's In Bloom' display your first stop.  It is located under the Shelter in front of the Ag Center.  Each week Master Gardener Volunteers pick 10 plants of interest to put in the vases.  Nearby is a white board that will tell you what each plant is and which garden it is growing in.  Here is this week's selection:

 Photos by M. Endres

Plant names (clockwise starting at uppper left)
1-Nepeta spp. (Catmint), 2 - Salvia uliginosa (Bog Sage) 3 - Rosa 'Wekpaltlez' Hot Cocoa (Floribunda Rose), 4 - Thymus tomillode limon (Lemon thyme), 5-Lavendula stoechas (Spanish lavender), 6 - Allium tuberosum (Garlic chives), 7 - Salvia coccinea (Scarlet Sage), 8- Rosemarinus officinalis 'Prostrata' (Rosemary) 9 - Rudbeckia fulgida v. sullivantii "Goldstrum', 10 - Tinantia pringlei (Speckled Wandering Jew)

Friday, August 8, 2014

HOSTAS for the SHADE

Hostas come in many sizes, shapes, and even colors.  We have a few growing in our Shade Garden, Perennial Border and Children's Garden.  They are perennials that prefer shade and will completely die back over the winter.  However, all spring, summer and before frost they decorate spots where other plants may fail.  Hostas are easy to grow.  Their worst enemies are slugs, deer, and strong sunlight.  Hostas can range from a few inches tall  ('Blue Mouse Ears') to four feet tall ( 'Empress Wu').  Their colors range from green ('Royal Standard'), chartreuse ('Sum and Substance'), blue ('Blue Angel'), and other variations to numerous to list here.  Leaf size, shape, and texture are just as plentiful to chose from.  The 'Liberty' hosta pictured below is in our Shade Garden under the pleaching crape myrtles.


Other plants of interest this week at the Arboretum:
Rose Garden:  Floribunda roses 'Pretty Lady' and 'Easy Does It'

CPPAbelia x grandiflora- Glossy Abelia, Buddleja davidii-Butterfly Bush
and Kerria japonica- Japanese Kerria

Children's Garden: Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon'- Knotweed,
Phlomis fruticosa- Jerusalem Sage and Stachys byzantina- Lamb's Ear Sage

Landscape for Wet Sites: Tinantia pringlei- Speckled Wandering Jew and
Eupatorium maculatum 'Gateway'- Joe-Pye Weed

Sunday, August 3, 2014

SHADE PLANTS



 PLANTS FOR
 
Join the Extension Master Gardeners
for the next FREE WALKING TOUR
of the
PITT COUNTY ARBORETUM
 Meet under the Shelter
in front of the Ag Center.

August 7th, THURSDAY
 Starting at 9:00 AM

The August tour will focus on plants
 for shady areas.
 Questions? Call (252) 902-1709