Picks of the Week

The Picks of the Week are a great opportunity for us to share with you our suggestions for good, reliable plants we think you should know about. We hope it’s the next, best thing to speaking to you in person!

It is the beginning of the Coneflower season and there are so many new outstanding varieties.  Echinacea ‘Tiki Torch’ has huge, 4-5 inch deep orange flowers, with wide petals that are accented by large coppery cones.  It is an easy to grow plant that is drought tolerant, long blooming, makes a great cut flower, and the hummingbirds and butterflies love it.  Grows to 36 inches tall. Great companion plants are Shasta Daisies, Black-Eyed Susans, and Russian Sage.  -Molly Hornbaker Blogg

Leucanthemum ‘Banana Cream’ is a Shasta Daisy that adds a nice yellow to the usually white Shasta group.  The flowers start lemon yellow and brighten to a soft, butter yellow.  Deadhead the flowers when they are spent, and you will get another flush of flowers.  Flowering typically starts in early June.  Combine ‘Banana Cream’ with Salvia ‘Caradonna’ or ‘Viola Klose’ for a nice blue and yellow combination.  Shear back the Salvia after its first flush of bloom, and its second flush of bloom is apt to come with the first flush of flowers from ‘Banana Cream’.  -Rich Hornbaker

Acer griseum, Paperbark Maple, is a slow growing tree, but if you have the patience, it would be well worth your while to plant one. The dark green foliage and exfoliating bark make for a stunning specimen all season long. Its fall color is spectacular as well. This is one of my favorite small/medium trees. If you walk up the hill past the pondless waterfall, next to the grass garden, you will find a 15 year old specimen that is worth checking out. -David Hornbaker

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