Home Gardening Spring begins with 18 new 2011 Plant of Merit of Missouri Botanical Garden

Home Gardenin Spring begins with 18 new 2011 Plant of Merit of Missouri Botanical Garden -

As spring begins, the Missouri Botanical Garden identified 18 new plants of Merit for the Midwest in 2011. plants of Merit distinction aims to build home gardener trust in one year, perennials, shrubs and vines, trees and edible ornamentals selection.

selection good plants for the landscape can be a challenge when faced particularly with numerous possibilities and limited information. New plants are introduced every year without major regional information. Meanwhile many excellent plant selection are known only for horticulture professionals. The Plants of Merit program aims diversity in home garden hardy in the selection, trouble-free plant.

with the focus to be nominated as to promote Plant of Merit selections must in our area non-invasive, just be in Missouri, central and southern Illinois and Kansas City metro area consistently grow well and to maintain and grow. Plants of Merit must be tolerant or even to insects and disease, have excellent ornamental value and reasonably available to purchase.

Some highlights of 2011 Plant of Merit close list Urweltmammutbaum 'Raven' Shaw Legacy ( Metasequoia glyptostroboides ). This foliage Redwood typically 70 to 100 meters high grows in a conical shape and has a soft, flattened needles bright green and orange-brown bark. expand trunks at the base with age, develop elaborate fluting. The species name honors Dr. Peter Raven, director of the Missouri Botanical Garden from 1971 to 2010. Shaw Legacy is a brand name that honors Henry Shaw, who founded the Missouri Botanical Garden in 1859

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( Asarum canadense ) is a Missouri native spring wildflowers , which occurs in rich forests and forested slopes around the country. The stemless plant has two fluffy, heart-shaped, handsome annoying, dark green leaves. Flowers are very attractive on closer inspection, but flourish individually on or near the bottom and are usually hidden from view by the foliage.

( Viburnum x burkwoodii ) is a branched dense, multi-stemmed shrub which is usually eight to ten feet high, and five to seven meters wide growing. It has fragrant white flowers arranged in flattened clusters that are two to four inches wide in April. The flowers are followed by clusters of red berry fruits that ripen black. Shiny dark green leaves are four inches long and turn chestnut brown in the fall, but remain evergreen in warm southern climates (USDA zones 7 and 8).

(Ocimum x citriodorum 'Pesto Perpetuo') is not bloom, columnar basil featuring aromatic, light green with thin white edges colorful leaves. It typically grows one to two feet tall in an upright, bushy hills. 'Pesto Perpetuo' is evaluated, not only for its aromatic leaves, but also for its ornamental foliage. For culinary purposes leaves are either fresh or dried to flavor a variety of food preparations, including classic pesto sauce, vegetables, meat dishes, stews, soups and marinades. For decorative purposes, the colorful leaves of non-flowering year makes this basil an extremely attractive green plant gardening areas and containers .

( Rudbeckia hirta 'Prairie Sun ) usually grows three feet tall on stiff, upright, green stems. It produces a long summer to autumn blooming of large, daisy-like flowers with yellow rays with yellow and greenish yellow center tilted slices of lemon. Individual flowers bloom on top of strong, sometimes comes branching.

Black-Eyed Susan


Burkwood Viburnum

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