Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring Plant Sale: photo preview

Azalea hybrids
Featuring many colorful flower forms

By Emma Loewe
Is your garden looking a little bare? Could it use a pop of life and color to celebrate the upcoming spring season? Come out to the Duke Gardens' Spring Plant Sale to check out some beautiful plant varieties that flourish in all sorts of environments.

This year will feature some old favorites as well as new additions. Below is a small preview of the plants that will be available at the sale on Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to noon. Gardens members may also attend the preview sale from 4-6 p.m. Friday; you may sign up for membership on site, or in advance by calling 919-668-1711.
Sweet coneflower (Rudbeckia subtomentosa)
Attracts butterflies and other pollinators.
Eastern showy aster (Eurybia spectabilis)
White to light purple flowers during the late summer months. 
Grows well in dry woodlands.
Tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)
Blooms up to 2 feet tall with white flowers in the spring.
Seed heads look like a thimble before they're
dispersed by wind.
Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
A native plant that produces
 3-foot spikes with unique blue-purple flowers.
Loves wet sites.
Lance-leaf tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Grows well in dry, rocky conditions.
Bright yellow flowers throughout summer. 
Lenten rose (Helleborus X hybridus)
Evergreen perennial with assorted flower colors 
during winter.
Great deer-resistant plant. 
Spotted Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium maculatum)
Has a midsummer bloom and attracts pollinators
Produces big purple panicle flowers.

This popular herb thrives in dry sites.
Sweet potato 'Puerto Rico'
Designed to grow larger potatoes on less land.
Alexandrian Laurel (Danae racemosa)
Slow-growing evergreen shrub that eventually yields orange fruits.
Foliage often used in floral arrangements. 
Oakleaf hydrangea 'Snowflake' (quercifolia)
A tall shrub that grows long flowers and florettes 
in double-flowered form.
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Cross Stitch')
Has a beautiful May bloom.
Blueberry (vaccinum hybrids)
Perfect for growing your own tasty fruit at home!

Sarah P. Duke Gardens creates and nurtures an environment in the heart of Duke University for learning, inspiration and enjoyment through excellence in horticulture. The Gardens is at 420 Anderson St.

Columnist Emma Loewe is an environmental policy major at Duke University and a work-study assistant at Duke Gardens.  

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