Snowdrop anemone

Plant Name:  Anemone sylvestris
Common Name: Snowdrop anemone Snowdrop anemone
Plant type: Perennial
Height: 12-18 inches
Spread:   12 inches
Bloom Time:  Spring to Early summer
Flower Color:  White with yellow centers
Exposure: Part Shade to filtered sun
Soil Requirements: Well-drained Humus, Acidic to Neutral Soil,   
Water Needs:  Moderate, needs more in the heat
Attributes:   Showy fragrant flower, Fall color: glossy leaves turn burgundy, Deer resistant, Rabbit resistant,  
Note: Lives in the forest floor in leaf litter & shade
Uses:  Naturalizing, Woodlawn garden, Cut Flowers,  Mass plantings, Urban gardens where where buildings create shade, Containers, Water side gardens
Native to: Meadows & dry deciduous woodlands of central and western Europe
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8

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Horticulture Report: Lisianthus

Plant Name:  Eustoma grandiflorum20170901_094705
Common Name:  Lisianthus , Prairie gentian, Prairie rose
Plant type: Annual
Height: 24 – 30-inches
Bloom Time:  June – September
Flower Color:  Rose, lilac, blue, pink, cream, white, and light yellow
Exposure: Bright indirect light
Soil Requirements: Rich well draining peat based soil.
Water Needs: Slightly moist – let plant dry out some between watering.
Attributes:  Striking rose-like flowers, last up to 2 weeks in a vase with water.
Note:  Difficult to grow from seed, it’s best to buy starts! Avoid root bound plants. Dead head for conditioned blooming into fall, Feed with weak liquid fertilizer.
Uses: Cut flowers, Floral arrangements
Native to: Southern States USA
USDA Hardiness Zone: 8-10
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Spreading Smiles in Ashland!

At September’s Garden Club meeting,  members participated in the Club’s 2nd annual Lonely Bouquet Day.  On this day member’s create flower bouquets, then set these bouquets randomly throughout Ashland to be found by strangers and taken home.  The hope is this small act of kindness will add a little happiness to someone’s day.

Horticulture Report: Verbascum

20170901_ southern charmToday in the garden…
Plant Name:  Verbascum
Common name:  hybrid  ‘Southern Charm’
Plant type: Herbaceous perennial
Height: 2-3 ft
Spread:   1-2 ft
Bloom Time:  May- September (de-head to continue blooming time)
Flower Color:  Pastel shades: lavender, buff, cream, soft rose
Exposure: Full sun
Soil Requirements: Well drained soil, grows on rocky slopes. Avoid highly fertile and wet soils!
Water Needs: Dry to medium
Attributes:   Showy erect flowers, velvet leaves
Note: Drought tolerate, deer resistant ( maybe!), short lived perennial but it self-seeds  
Uses: Perennial garden, cottage garden, vertical accent, cut flower
Native to: Europe to North Africa to Western and Central Asia.
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9