Monday, July 27, 2015

Plant of the Week: Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed
'Eutrochium purpureum'

Common Name: Joe Pye weed
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asteraceae
Native Range: Eastern and northern United States
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 5.00 to 7.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to September
Bloom Description: Mauve pink
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Water Plant, Naturalize, Rain Garden
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Wet Soil

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Plant of the Week: Butterfly Bush

Buddleja davidii
Butterfly Bush 'Royal Red'

Detailed Description

NameBuddleia, Royal Red

Botanical NameBuddleia


Bloom Time and ColorFlowers from mid-summer through fall. This butterfly bush is not quite a true red color, but purple red.

SoilAverage, well drained.

ExposureRequires full sun.

Description: PerennialThis is one of the most sought-after of the butterfly bushes. It is a vigorous growing upright shrub. It is very easy to grow. This bush is a magnet for all the butterflies that pass through your garden seeking nectar.

CareThis plant blooms on new growth and should be pruned back to the ground in spring.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Featured Plant of the Week: New Jersey Tea

Ceanothus Americanus 
New Jersey Tea

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Notes: Normally no more than 3 feet tall, but can reach 5 feet. 
Leaf: Green 
Autumn Foliage: yes
Flower: Flowers in 2 inch heads 
Fruit: Brown 
Size Class: 1-3 ft. 

Bloom Color: White 
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr

Water Use: Low , Medium 
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade 
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist 
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2) 
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium 
Drought Tolerance: High 
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Well-drained, mesic sand, loam, or limey soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Limestone-based 
Conditions Comments: This extremely adaptable species can withstand inhospitable conditions because of massive, deep roots. It is quick to recover after fire. 

Use Ornamental: Ground cover, Rocky hillside, Low growing, Planned landscape 
Use Wildlife: Butterflies use flowers. Turkeys and quail consume seeds. 
Use Food: The dried leaves of this nitrogen-fixing shrub make an excellent tea that was very popular during the Revolutionary War period. (Niering) 
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies 
Larval Host: Spring Azure, Summer Azure, Mottled Duskywing 
Nectar Source: yes