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Corylopsis

Winter Hazel

These deciduous natives of Japan and China offer winter charm with their open structure, delicate branching patterns and fragrant pale yellow bells that populate pendent clusters in early spring. Like rows of tiny lanterns, the flowers dress up bare limbs before handsome, rounded hazelnut-like leaves appear. Corylopsis are outstanding when grouped as a backdrop for perennials and grasses, planted in drifts at the edge of a wooded area, or placed under the partial shade of a pine or maple canopy. Provide a sheltered location, decent drainage, acid soil and moderate summer water.
<i>Corylopsis pauciflora</i>

This choice refined shrub will enhance a woodland garden with the scent and sight of soft yellow blooms on pendulous 3 in. racemes. The close-set bristle-toothed leaves, which cloak gently arching branches, are smaller than others in the genus. Long-lasting as a cut flower, Buttercup Winter Hazel is irresistible, especially when early blue-flowering Brunners are planted below.

Blooms March–April

Size: 5' 0" high x 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Though Winter Hazel’s dangling chains of primrose-yellow flowers are always a much anticipated, late winter delicacy, this new splendid cultivar offers an additional radiant bonus. Butterscotch colors bathe the rounded deciduous foliage, which emerges with red and orange tints, matures quickly to canary-yellow and dons saffron and pumpkin shades for fall. All this lambent splendor embellishes layered, zig-zagging and gracefully arching branches. Championed by hummingbirds and bees, ‘Aurea’ can be situated in a shady open setting, where it sheds light on deep green shrubs and perennial shade aficionados such as Omphalodes, Corydalis or ferns.

Blooms March–April

Size: 6' 0" high x 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Our featured plant: Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Honey Angels’

Colorful Crocosmias, Be Awed by your August garden, Saturday Strolls!

Click here to view our Late August 2019 Newsletter!

Colorful Crocosmias!

Crocosmias pack a punch of late summer color as our gardens transition into autumn. Their clustered tubular flowers populate the ends of gracefully arching spikes, which emerge from handsome sword-like foliage. Ranging from yellow, peach and orange to fiery red, their prismatic shades look exceptional with white flowering perennials such as Phlox ‘David’, Selinum wallichianum and Aster ‘Bridal Veil’, as well as the blue blossoms of Aconitum, Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ or Aster ‘Twilight’. For fun you could create a hot border, blending them with Kniphofia, Helenium, Salvia and even other Crocosmia, plus be sure to include some in your next bouquet. Commonly referred to as Montbretia and hardy to Zone 6, they appreciate, good drainage, adequate water and some shade in scorching summer sun. Please feel free to check out our extensive collection of Crocosmia cultivars in the perennial section of our online catalog.

YES, it’s possible to be in awe of your late August garden….

At this point in the season, some areas in our gardens may appear a tad worn or lackluster. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to cut back a few tired looking perennials, such as the Nepetas or Geraniums, so you can enjoy a fresh flourish of growth plus more blooms. Adequate moisture and an additional application of compost will also ensure late summer vigor. Incorporating plants that provide a bounty of flowers and alluring leaves in August and September helps buoy our spirits, and hopefully even inspire a little awe as we approach fall. Though the plants featured in this newsletter either promote a bold statement or possess more refined aspects, they equally caught my eye and made me pause to take a closer look. Perhaps they’ll spark a wondrous moment for you as well. All of us Digging Dog plant wranglers wish you Happy Digging!

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