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Itea ilicifolia

Itea

<i>Itea ilicifolia</i>

Discovered in 1895 along China’s Yangtze River by Scottish-born doctor, botanist and linguist, Augustine Henry, this swank, long-loved evergreen won its first British garden award in 1911. Lustrous, alternate leaves with small hollyesque, soft spiny margins craft an impeccably tailored rich green foil for the dazzling, draped floral display that charms bees, flower arrangers and plant connoisseurs. Small, dense greenish cream-colored flowers resemble elegant, slender foot-long catkins and waft a sweet honey scent. Intolerant of drought, yet resistant to deer and rabbits, Holly-Leaf Sweetspire can be featured as an easy-care screen, a stylish mixed border specimen along a path or espaliered against a fence or courtyard wall. Adequate moisture, partial shade plus shelter from strong winds and hot sun guarantee its success.

Blooms late July–October

Size: 10' 0" high x 10' 0" wide.

Zone 6b/7.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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Our featured plant: Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

Fresh Fern Fronds, Early-blooming Clematis, Marvelous March Foliage!

Fresh Fern Fronds...

Coveted for their artfully hewn fronds, the deciduous ferns featured above unfurl spritely new fiddleheads every spring. Varying shades of green, silver, henna and burgundy embellish their delicate-looking foliage. Tailor-made for shady nooks, these easily-grown flowerless perennials can be planted as specimens or en masse in shade gardens, mixed borders and woodland settings. They also lend exquisite feathered accents to patio containers or cut arrangements. Ferns flourish in cool moist well-drained locales enriched with compost or well-rotted manure. Feel free to peruse the Perennial section of our website for other Athyrium & Dryopteris species.

Exquisite early Clematis and marvelous March foliage...

Early-blooming Clematis herald spring with charm to spare. The armandii, alpina and montana Clematis species are generally the first to flower, with some even wafting sublime scents. Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’ and Clematis montana ‘Elizabeth’ sprout larger statures than the more petite Clematis alpina ‘Constance’ or ‘Jan Lindmark’, while all showcase beguiling blooms. These delightful vines can twine up arbors, trellises, walls or trees, offering vertical accents to the fresh flourish of head-turning foliage that blankets the beds beneath. The new growth featured in this newsletter was photographed this week in our garden and nursery.

All of us plant wranglers at the nursery, along with Boobah, our wee greeter and self-appointed nursery manager, and shy kitty, Parker, wish you countless happy hours digging in a garden of your own! 

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