We finally made it through the heat of the summer. Now with the days becoming cooler and shorter, we’re gearing up for fall. Here are some plants of interest located throughout the garden.
Lespedeza liukiuensis ‘Little Volcano’- Little Volcano Bush Clover
‘Little Volcano’ is a spectacular deciduous shrub. The form is more upright than some other selections, growing 6ft. tall by 12ft. wide, and it’s covered in magenta colored flowers from mid-September through late October. Native to Japan, it’s hardy to zones 6-9. It does fantastic here in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. It truly looks like a little volcano erupting.
‘Little Volcano’ blooming near the fire tower center.
A close up of the flowers.
Time to test your eye sight. Can you spot which plant is in flower right now? (Click on the picture to get a better close up).
Find it? Ok, here is a close up of the flower:
Helianthus radula– Rayless Sunflower
A native wildflower, seed was collected in South Carolina by one of our horticulturists. Located in Pine Bay, its rosette leaves sit among the pine straw unnoticeable until it sends out a 24 to 36 inch flower stalk. Walking by, you would think that it’s finished flowering, but what you actually see here is a plant in full bloom. The difference between this species and other sunflowers is that it lacks or has poorly developed yellow ray flowers. It can be used as a cut flower in dried arrangements.
Saccharum arundianceum– Hardy Sugar Cane
This enormous, upright grass is planted on the berm at the garden entrance to welcome guests into the garden. A native to China, it grows in zones 6-10. Growing 10ft. tall by 10ft. wide, it adds an additional 2 to 5ft. of height in flower. This is a great plant to be used in a mass plant or to be a specimen in any garden (just give it some growing space). Not only do you get the fine textured foliage through the summer and the upright, soft flower heads during the fall, it also adds winter interest to the garden when nothing else is happening.
Saccharum arundinaceum behind the silo at the visitor entrance.
Wondering how a plant will do here in the Pee Dee region? You can find out by looking it up on our plant database on our website. Want to see these plants in all their glory? We have a Garden Open on Friday, October 26th.
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