Horticulture Report: Dwarf Purple Willow

Plant Name:        Salix purpurea ‘ Nana’Salix_purpurea_Nana
Common Name: Dwarf Purple Willow
Plant type:          Deciduous shrub
Height:                 6 ft
Spread:                6 ft
Blooms:              April – May
Flowers Color:  White, Green
Exposure:          Full Sun to Part Shade

Soil Requirements:  Lean, well-drained
Water Needs: Evenly Moist, somewhat drought tolerant when established.
Attributes:  Prized for it’s blue-green foliage  and deep purple stems. Quick growing. Deer resistant. Showy flowers attracts butterflies & hummingbirds.
Note: Can be kept smaller with winter pruning to the ground. Tolerates Black Walnut.
Uses:  Pollinator garden, Good for wet areas,  Beds and borders, Foundation planting, Rain garden. Whips used in basket making. Pond and Creek-side plantings.
Native to: Europe and Western Asia
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3a-8b

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Filling in the Spaces

The small spaces between rocks, and stone pathways are tough area to grow anything except weeds, but here are a few plants that thrive between the cracks and crevices.

Thymus serpyllumCreeping Thyme  (Thymus serpyllum):  Excellent for pathways,  grows flat and tolerates foot traffic.  Likes well-drained soil.  Soft fuzzy Appearance. Herbaceous Perennial, Fragrant, Pink flower, Sun/Part Shade, Deer Proof, Attracts Bees. USDA Hardiness Zones  4 to 9.

 

Wooly thymeWooly Thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus): Durable plant perfect for filling in between stepping stones, or rock gardens. Soft foliage creates a low, lush mat with pink flowers.  Herbaceous Perennial, Attracts Butterflies & Bees,  Sun/Part Shade,  Drought Tolerant/ Water Wise Groundcover, Deer Proof.  USDA Hardiness Zones  5 to 8.

Blue Star Creeper.jpgBlue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatilis):  A wonderful creeping perennial for filling in. Use between stepping stones, under shrubs, in rockery, around ponds.  Tiny green leaves form a dense, low mat ½ inches high.  Produces tiny light blue star-shaped flowers which cover the plant late spring into fall.  Perennial, Evergreen, Full Sun/Part Shade,  Tolerates Foot Traffic, Like Moisture, Deer Proof.  USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9.

Horticulture Report:Tiarella cordifolia

Plant Name: Tiarella cordifoliatiarella-cordifolia_-foamflower
Common Name:  Foamflower
Plant type: Herbaceous perennial
Height: 1 foot
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom Time: May
Flower Color: White or Pink
Exposure: Part Shade to Full shade
Soil Requirements: Rich well-drained soil
Water Needs: Medium, keep moist
Attributes: Showy Flowers, Bronze Fall Foliage, Semi-glossy Heart-shaped Leavesfoam_flower_tiarella_cordifolia, Deer Tolerant
Note: Spreads rapidly by runners
Uses: Naturalizing, mass planting for ground cover, woodland garden,   
Native to: USA: Southeast to the Midwest & Canada: Nova Scotia
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9

 

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Horticulture Report: Wall Germander

Plant Name: Teucrium chamaedryswall-germander
Common Name: Wall Germander

Plant type: Broadleaf Evergreen
Height:   1 foot

Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom Time:
July
Flower Color: Rosy lavender to pinkish purple
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Requirements: Well drained soilwall-germander2

Water Needs:  Dry to Medium
Attributes: Showy Fragrant Flower, Winter Interest, Drought Tolerate, Deer Resistant
Note: Shrubby, woody-base, clump forming, attractive dark shiny leaves.
Uses:  Edging, Mass plantings for groundcover, Old world knots and herbal gardens.
USDA Zone: 5-9

Horticulture Report: Clerodendrum Trichotomum

Plant Name: Clerodendrum TrichotomumClerodendronTrichotomum
Common Name: Harlequin Glorybower
Plant type:  Deciduous Shrub or Small Tree
Height:   10 ft – 20 ft
Bloom Time:  July to September
Flower Color: White, Jasmine-like Tubular Flowers
Exposure:  Full Sun to Part Shade
(hardy but needs some protection)
Soil Requirements: Rich Well-Drained Soil
Water Needs:  Average, do not over water
Attributes:  Unique Leaf Aroma smells like Peanut Butter, Fragrant Tubular Flowers, Showy Iridescent Blue Fruit Surrounded by a Fleshy Red Calyxclerodendrum_trichotomum
Note: Seeds & parts of plant are poisonous if ingested, Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction.
Uses: Hedges, Showy Ornamental,  Late Summer Flowers, Summer Interest
USDA Zone: 7a-9b