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Sharp Gardening

Friday, January 18, 2008

Yuccas and Cacti are two spiny succulent groups of plants that act as evergreen shrubs in the winter landscape. Their striking form and texture provide great variety to the shrub or perennial border. Their colors hold true despite severe cold so they are always a welcome sight on a winter’s day.Golden Sword Yucca (Yucca filamentosa) … Read More

The Perennial Garden’s Winter Bones

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Our Perennial Garden displays some of the best garden design at Powell Gardens. At the age of 17 many of its plants are beyond youthful size. These backdrops, or “walls,” of the perennial beds make the garden a delightful, human-scale experience. Take a virtual tour with Senior Gardener Jay Priddy and share some of his … Read More

The Magnificent Victoria Waterlilies Have Arrived!

Friday, January 11, 2008

I am often asked what the horticulture staff of Powell Gardens does in the winter. The process we follow to grow the magnificent Victoria waterlilies shown above (photo taken last summer by Mark Gawron, Senior Gardener for the Island Garden) starts now, in midwinter. The Victoria waterlilies have arrived! Mark Gawron says Victoria waterlilies are … Read More

Sedums for Winter Ground Color & Cover

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Some or our most colorful groundcovers have really shined this winter at Powell Gardens. They are all sedums: tough succulent perennials from various parts of the world. The picture depicts sweeps of three varieties in the Dwarf Conifer Garden: Angelina Sedum (Sedum rupestre) on top, Weihenstephaner Gold Sedum (Sedum floriferum) in the middle (it is … Read More

FIRST BUTTERFLY OF THE SEASON!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

I hiked the Byron Shutz Nature Trail here at Powell Gardens on Saturday, January 5. Our official weather station said it was 62F! The trail is sloppy from this thaw over a low of +6F earlier this week, but still a great hike if you wear appropriate footwear. On the north side of the native … Read More