Hidcote Hypericum (Hypericum ‘Hidcote’)
Morning frost settles on one of the last remaining Hidcote Hypericum flowers. These plants started to flower in June and continue sporadically until winter. As the foliage dies back, the plant will be pruned and prepared for winter. Hidcote Hypericum grows to be about three feet tall and wide.
Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
The fall color of the Cornus sericea shines behind a border of Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘OttoLuyken’). The Red Twig Dogwood will slowly loose its vibrant color and be pruned to the ground. This plant grows very quickly and needs annual aggressive pruning to keep it clean.
Natchez Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica ‘Natchez’)
The fall and winter interest of these shrubs is almost as wonderful as its summertime white flowers. The exfoliating and molted bark remains a classic aesthetic value of these large specimen shrubs. The annual growth shoots are pruned every winter. Plants located near walkways or benches may be pruned even further down on the trunk.
Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)
The qualities of the Paperbark Maple are unsurpassed. The cinnamon-brown color and exfoliating bark make this a specimen tree with extraordinary ornamental characteristics. The winter interest in these trees compliment the winter interest of the Natchez Crapemyrtles elsewhere in the garden.
Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
The Oakleaf Hydrangea leaves turn a deep red-bronze color in fall. The bark of these plants also exhibit exfoliating characteristics. All of the H. quercifolia plants are pruned after flowering. In the background, a transplanted Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) is seen with its graceful branches.
'Siskiyou Pink' Guara (lindheimeri)
This massing perennial has proven to be a winner. The pink and white flowers are borne on 18” long “whips”. The flowers appear in June and continue until frost. As the foliage dies back, the plant will be pruned and mulched for the winter.
Re-Blooming Iris, Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’) , Glossy Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora), Japanese Umbrella-pine (Sciadopitys verticillata)
The re-blooming Iris is one of Mrs. Mellons favorite plants at the gallery. These Iris will bloom in the summer, and then with care, the plants will bloom again in the late fall. In the mid-ground of the picture is Henry’s Garnet Itea on the left blended into Glossy Abelia on the right. Both plants are pruned after flowering and both make wonderful mass plantings. In the background is a Japanese Umbrella-pine. This tree was transplanted shortly after the gardens opening. The Sciadopitys is extremely slow growing and one of this size (over 30 feet) is a rare find in the Washington D.C. area.