Today in the Garden

PURPLE TOAD LILLY

Tricyrtis hirta, the toad lily is a Japanese species of hardy perennial in the lily family.   Tricyrtis hirta is found growing on shaded rocky cliffs and stream banks in central and southern Japan.

Its unique showy flowers bloom in late August through September, and produces multiple clusters of flowers.  Flowers are small, lily-like flowers about 1 inch long with six showy tepals.  It’s easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in part to full shade.  The plant is 15-24 inches high and wide.  Bees loved it!

USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8.

Submitted by: Carlotta Lucas

 

 

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Horticulture Report: Physocarpus capitatus (Pacific Ninebark)

Plant Name: Physocarpus capitatus
Cultivar:
Pacific Ninebark
Plant type: Deciduous shrubs
Height: 6ft to 15 ft (depends on the amount of sun it gets)
Bloom Time: May- June
Flower Color: White dome-shaped flowers
Exposure: Sun Sun or Shade ( it grows along stream banks)
Soil Requirements: Humus rich soil
Water Needs: Moist to wet
Attributes: NW native plant, Attracts bees & butterflies, Showy flowers, Seeds for birds
Notes: No Pests
Uses: Permaculture landscaping, Winter Interest (bark & seeds), Erosion control
USDA Zone: 4-10

Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory

Ipomoea purpurea  (Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory)

Plant Type: Annual (twinning vine)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Sowing Method: Direct sow seeds in spring (first soak seed in warm water for 24 hrs, then nick the seed)
Bloom Time: Summer until frost – 12 weeks
Flower: Royal purple trumpet with deep pink “star”.
Plant Height: 13-15 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil: Average well drained soil
Attributes: Attracts Humming Birds, Hardy, Easy to Grow, Re-seeds freely, Covers fence or trellis in a profusion of lovely flowers.
USDA Zones: 3-10

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