Plants of the Week: September 30

Plants of the Week: September 30

Cercis canadensis ‘Ace of Hearts’ was primarily selected for its compact habit; plants average 12’ tall and 15’ wide in 10 years. The small deciduous tree sports clusters of light pink, sweet-pea like flowers in the spring. The trait I most enjoy is the distinct leaf arrangement. Pronounced heart-shaped leaves, all perfectly aligned, are evenly spaced along the stems. Foliage turns golden-yellow in the autumn.  An ideal plant for those limited by space and desiring order in the garden. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Garden Location: Between Parrish and Kohlberg Hall


A sedum for the shade? Most sedum demand full sun and excellent drainage, yet native Sedum ternatum prefers the moist woodland soils of the eastern United States. The low-growing, succulent groundcover rarely exceeds 6” in height. White flowers appear in spring. New plants are easily propagated from the parent by breaking off stems and planting directly in the soil. Other light conditions are tolerated so long as the soil doesn’t dry out. An ideal choice for the woodland or rock garden. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Garden Locations: Harry Wood Garden


Acalypha ‘Giant Leaf’ screams for attention, sporting colors ranging from olive green and maroon, to shades of coral, orange, and light pink. Containers are an ideal choice for Acalypha ‘Giant Leaf’ as they elevate the plant and allow the viewer to closely inspect each variable leaf. Grow the tender woody plant in bright light and keep hydrated throughout the growing season. A surefire plant to stop people in their tracks! Photo credit: J. Coceano

Garden location: Seasonal containers on the Cosby Courtyard along Kohlberg Hall

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