Why do we find five pointed flowers so delightful? Is it because when playing “He loves me-he loves me not” we’ll always get the best answer at the end? Or maybe because their simplicity reminds us of attempting (with varying success) at drawing flowers as children? Well, whatever the reason, they have a certain charisma that just can’t be ignored. That’s why we just had to bring you our list of top five petaled flora.Read More
This week's plant of the week is a beautiful hardy fern. Dryopteris
'Brilliance', as the name suggests, is one of the showiest ferns on the
market. The color-changing properties of the foliage are what gives
'Brilliance' its unique appeal; the shiny leaves transition from a
bright copper color in early spring, through a soft green in the
summer, and finally into a vibrant autumn orange. This fern is the
perfect little spark of color to pop against the darker foliage of most
This plant is not only exceptional aesthetically. Adaptable and hardy,
this particular cultivar of Dryopteris erythrosora makes gardening
easy, pushing the limits of most average ferns. It tolerates dryer
soils, resists pests, resists diseases, and is not prone to predation
For fern lovers, this is a must-have item, and for those new to growing
ferns, this may be one of the prettiest and easiest ways to fall in
love with them.
This week's Plant of the Week is a real crowd pleaser and a plant that
I have personal experience with — it's been growing beautifully next
to my patio for almost three years. The foliage is what seals the deal
on Weigela My Monet™. The dense bright tuft of pretty pink,
green, and white leaves jiggles and dances in a light breeze. My Monet™
is a very pretty and graceful shrub that makes a perfect stand-alone
specimen or complement to plants with darker foliage. The cute purple-pink
blossoms make for a fun showy spring, and they attract hummingbirds
My MonetTM is very reliable and perfect for formal landscaping
plans. It is a tough shrub — its strong, short branches stand up well
to rough and windy weather that might damage a lesser shrubbery. Short
and dense, this Weigela is never more than 18 inches tall and is perfect
for container and patio gardens.
Buxus is the most popular hedge shrub in the US – it's deep-green foliage and dense habit makes it perfect for the trimmest formal
hedges. Borders, fences, topiaries, or knot gardens can be grown to
architectural perfection with the right pruning and training, giving
your garden impressive structure and depth.
This week's Plant of the Week is an especially attractive boxwood,
Buxus 'Green Velvet'. As the name suggests, this variety of boxwood
boasts beautiful deep green foliage, while maintaining an easy to
prune, dense, compact habit. Green Velvet tolerates full sun, cold
winters, and severe pruning. This is the perfect tough little topiary
This week's Wayside
Gardens Plant of the Week is Wisteria 'Amethyst Falls'!
'Amethyst Falls' is a noninvasive, native cultivar that offers many benefits over other Wisteria. This award-winning plant is disease resistant, drought tolerant, deer resistant, and it attracts butterflies and other pollinators into your garden!
This Wisteria is sure to put on a beautiful show from spring to fall with some of the most beautifully fragant blooms of any Wisteria on the market. Being a native cultivar also has the benefit of being a more subtle addition to your landscape. Where other Wisteria tend to spill over into the rest of your garden, 'Amethyst Falls' likes to keep to itself.
It is also very easy to care for:
- Plant in full sun to part shade.
- Plant in moist, well-drained soil.
- Prune in the late winter before the plant starts to bud.
If you get our Wayside Newsletter, you've seen the new highlighted Plant of the Week Sorbaria 'Sem' – these POWs are chosen based on popularity and uniqueness, and this week's plant is both. I really love plants that have interesting foliage – they really add a new level of depth and beauty to simple flower gardens. Sorbaria 'Sem' offers beautiful bright foliage from spring until frost.
Sorbaria 'Sem' is a more compact variety of this popular genus. It is loved for its uniquely dense, pinkish-red spring foliage and great branching. 'Sem' is easy-to-grow, and it will add wonderful foliage texture and color variety to your garden garden.
Caring for your Sorbaria:
This cute little shrub is durable and fast-growing – it is also fairly low-maintenance.
Sunlight – 'Sem' thrives in full sun or part shade.
Soil – Provide moist, well-drained soil.
Pruning – Prune to the ground in late winter or early spring. Remove older, dying stalks as needed.Read More