Found a few more items that need to be cleared out before winter!
Strawberry Begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera)
Mother of Thousands Perennial ground cover, forms 2-4 inches tall mounds of kidney-shaped 1-3 inch leaves. It is hardy to zone 6-9. Bears loose panicles of white flowers in early summer.
The plants prefer well drained soil, rich with organic matter Grows well in partial to full shade. Rosettes can easy be propagated throughout the seasons.
Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Ellen Huff' (H. quercifolia)
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ellen Huff' cultivar of our native oakleaf hydrangea. Produces upright, semi-arching white blooms in 6-12" panicles. A vigorous attractive shrub with dark green summer foliage & burgundy fall foliage. Morning sun, afternoon shade. Prefers moist, well drained, acidic soil. 5-10 feet tall and wide.
As with any royalty, Oak Leaf Hydrangea requires some devotion. Planting must be perfect. In our clay we plant high (3" of roots above ground level) incorporate Pine Bark mulch into the clay, dig a shallow wide hole, and mulch with pure compost or manure and 1/4 c. blood meal and 1/8 c. 14-7-7 or 12-6-6. Then add 1" of Hardwood Mulch to finish.
Water each week the first year or plant in rainy season (Nov.). For sandy soil, plant deeper, (1" above grade), amend soil with manure or compost only and fertilizer and hardwood mulch as above. Acidify alkaline soil.
Calycanthus x 'Venus'
People that have experienced the wonderful fragrance of Sweet Betsy, Carolina Allspice aka Calycanthus floridus have now another plant to admire. This cross between Sinocalycanthus and Calycanthus floridus 'Athens' is said to have a powerful fragrance of strawberries, melons, and spices.
This medium-sized 5-6 ft. shrub produces large ivory yellow buds that transform into large, magnolia-like, white flowers with yellow and purple infusions in the center.
Carolina Jasmine - (Gelsemium sempervirens)
$24.00 - $28.00
A staple of Southern Gardens. Graceful and abundant. Evergreen. Yellow Flowers Spring. Glossy, Fine foliage. Abundant in Sun. Less so in Shade. Tenacious. Can handle much neglect. Will grow to 10-20'.
Variegated Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum variegatum)
A very favorite evergreen vine with sage green, heavily veined leaves that are splashed and edged in cream. New growth emerges with pink tints. Forms a lovely mounded groundcover whose foliage sits in very pretty layers along its wiry stems.
May be self clinging in windfree locations, especially on the rough surfaces of tree bark. Ours has never bloomed, and I don't think that I would care if it did. Exceptional interplanted among ferns in part shade, though it will take full sun with no problem. Rich, well drained soil with regular water in summer to speed growth. To 1" tall and 3" wide as a grouncover, to 10" tall as a vine.
Florida Anise (Illicium floridanum)
It also makes for a great single plant if you are looking for a lush evergreen in you garden. The leaves are leathery, smooth and shiny, 2-6 inch long and an inch or two wide. When crushed, they emit a characteristic anise-like odor.
We like to call them the rhododendrons for the humid south. They are not fussy about soil conditions but like a little moisture during dry spells. At freezing their leaves will hang downwards and shrivel, but like magic as temperatures rise return at once back to their lushness.
Dixie Wood Fern (Dryopteris x australis)
This is a very rare native, a naturally-occurring hybrid between Dryopteris celsa and Dryopteris ludoviciana. The growth habit is dramatically upright with large, coarse, dark green, semi-evergreen fronds...reminiscent much like christmas fern but 3-4 times the size.
This is a very structural, deer-resistant fern for the moist woodland garden, eventually making a clump 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Although it is very tolerant of dry sites, a nice damp piece of ground will really produce spectacular results.
Top Hat Blueberry (Vaccinium x 'Top Hat')
Another great container blueberry, maybe a good companion for 'Sunshine Blue' This one is more cold hardy than 'Sunshine Blue' but an equally great container plant. Very dense fruiting habit. It needs a pollinator near by. Of course as all vaccinium the latest plant to surprise you with it's fall color.
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Soft Caress Mahonia
'Soft Caress' is unlike any other Mahonia you may have grown. First, it's a dwarf, compact enough for containers but large enough for the foundation or border. Second, its foliage is long and slender, very finely cut and soft to the touch.
Altogether a completely new look for a familiar favorite, this beautiful shrub deserves a place of honor in your lightly shaded landscape! The olive-green foliage of this shrub is elongated and widely-spaced, a threadleaf effect that works quite well against both flowers and berries. It gives 'Soft Caress' a more Oriental look, making it a nice choice for Asian-themed gardens. And it is soft to the touch, unlike the stiff, poky Holly-like foliage of other varieties. Lovely! From mid-fall through mid-winter, the foliage is topped by citron-yellow blooms held upright in clusters of "candles."
Lightly fragrant and very long-lasting, they give 'Soft Caress' an entirely new look. They are followed by large clusters of silver-sheened blue berries, also quite long-lasting on the plant. 'Soft Caress' reaches about 4 feet high and wide, thriving in morning sun or dappled shade. It is an excellent choice for the foundation (being evergreen), as well as for the border or even large containers.
Plant it with a group of Hellebores at its feet, or alongside a Lagerstroemia for a lovely contrast of its fine texture with the peeling bark of the Crapemyrtle. The stems are slender on 'Soft Caress,' and may remind yu of bamboo, again suggesting the Asian theme. A treasure for gardens in mild and warm climates, this new Mahonia is certain to delight. Reserve yours today!
Autumn Princess Encore Azalea
Autumn Princess produces an abundance of striking, salmon color double blooms in spring and fall and sporadically during summer. It's color show doesn't end with the blooms. During winter the foliage turns a gorgeous burgundy hue. It's compact growth habit and height of 3.5 feet makes it useful under low windows in foundation plantings. It is also useful planted in small or large groupings in landscape beds, as a low informal hedge, or singularly in containers.
Outdoor Light: Part Sun to Part Shade
Average Mature Plant Size: 3.5'H x 3'W
Autumn Bravo Encore Azalea
Autumn Bravo is a favorite among Encore Azalea fans. Its blazing red blooms contrast nicely with the dark green foliage, putting on an attractive show late into the fall.
Outdoor Light: Part Sun to Part Shade
Average Mature Plant Size: 3'H x 3'W
Mount Fuji Serissa (Serissa foetida 'Mount Fuji')
$12.00 - $19.00
The tiny dark green leaves are heavily edged in creamy white. 1/2" blooms are produced throughout spring and summer. Use as a low hedge, bonsai, or in containers.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
Mature Height: 2 ft Mature Width: 2-3 ft
We have had it now for 5 years in zone 7.
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