plants of the Week: 3.12.13

Viburnum opulusBehind the Oak Lawn

Common name – Guelder rose. Native to Europe, Africa, Asia. This deciduous shrub is commonly found in hedgerows and is a great source of food for birds and pollinators because of its berries and vast amount of flowers. The white flowers are produced in corymbs/groups. The fruit is a shiny glazed red which looks similar to a cranberry but it is moderately toxic. The leaves have a resemblance to some maples leaves, being broad with a rounded base and serrated edge.

 Viburnum ‘davidii’ Delos

Viburnum davidii

Viburnum davidii

This is a small spreading evergreen that has lovely metallic blue berries throughout autumn and winter in large groups. The flowers and berries can be on the Viburnum at the same time. The small insignificant white flowers are produced on pinkish stems and are framed by the leathery, deep green, three- veined leaves. The name was given in commemoration of the 19th century French missionary and botanist Pere Armand David.

 Ruscus aculeatusDelos

Ruscus aculeatus

Ruscus aculeatus

Common name – Butchers broom. Native to the UK, this evergreen shrub has very stiff spine tipped leaves. The small green flowers appear in the middle of the leaves which when pollinated turns in to a large firm dark red fruit. This should grow well in deep shade situations and looks natural in a woodland garden.

 Mahonia media ‘Charity’Cottage Garden

Mahonia media 'Charity'

Mahonia media ‘Charity’

Common name – Oregon grape. This is an upright evergreen shrub that can grow up to 4m tall. The small yellow scented flowers are cup shaped and are formed on erect, clustered terminal racemes which flower throughout winter. The deep green pinnate leaves have a spiky edge and a strong architectural presence, forming a good back drop for other flowers.

Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’

Cornus alba 'Sibirica'

Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’

Common name – Dogwood. This dogwood is known for its amazing crimson/red thicket of stems which is good for winter interest. This is a medium deciduous shrub which is known to produce suckers very easily. The leaves are ovate and turn a reddish-brown before they fall. The small cream flowers and bluish berries are insignificant compared to the stems.

Hesperantha coccinea ‘Major’ (old name: Schizostylis coccinea ‘Major’)Delos

Hesperantha coccinea

Hesperantha coccinea ‘Major’

Native to South Africa and Zimbabwe. This vigorous clump forming perennial looks like a light grass for most of the year until its spikes of erect star shaped pink/red flowers appear in summer/autumn and can carry on until hard frost.

Jon Fenlon

 

 

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