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What’s Growing On? February 2018

Encore Garden and Crosswalks

  • Lagerstromia indica ‘Natchez’ Crapemyrtle – One of the largest of the Crapemyrtles, the cream colored bark peels away to a rich cinnamon color.
  • Lagerstroemia x ‘Tuskegee’ Crapemyrtle – Bark on this tree is pale and smooth, almost white.
  • Edgeworthia chrysantha/Paper Bush – Honey scented flowers on odd bare branches.

Children’s Garden

  • Ilex decidua ‘Finches Gold’ at columns entry and Ilex verticillata with red berries
  • Hamamelis vernalis/Witchhazel – Large shrubs in the Storybook Garden, covered with crinkled brown leaves which hide the spicy fragrant, burnt orange confetti blooms. Interesting seed pods that “pop”.

Dogwood Trail

  • Jasminum nudiflorum/Winter Jasmine – Bright yellow star flowers bloom on bare, dark green stems.
  • Helleborus orientalis/Lenten Rose – Low growing evergreen perennial with small rose or cream colored blooms.
  • Helleborus foetidus/Bear’s Claw Hellebore – The first of the Hellebores to bloom. This one has elongated, dark leaves and chartreuse green blooms. Great for winter blooms and color.

Fern Glade

  • Salix chaenomeloides – Near the pre-entry to the Fern Glade? A shrub with large fuzzy silver “caterpillar” buds.

Nature Trail

Alnus/Alder – Small ornamental cones and catkin tassels on a spreading vase shaped shrub. On the stream bank near the Daylily Garden.

Four Seasons Garden

  • Narcissus cyclamineus x pseudonarcissus ‘February Gold’ – daffodils are emerging through out the garden. We have planted 15,000 new bulbs this year alone.
  • Scilla sibiricia ‘Spring Beauty’ – tiny and electric blue.

Herb Garden

  • Cedrus libanii/Weeping Cedar of Lebanon – a green fountain with large blue cones

Blue Parking lot

  • Rosmarinus officinalis/Rosemary – Evergreen shrub that still has some small purple flowers, but is better known as a fragrant and cooking herb. It has medicinal and aroma therapeutic uses. Look for these planted throughout the garden.

Azalea Trail

  • Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’/Harry Lauder’s walking stick – This is the time to see this tree. Winter reveals the twisting,

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