Plant Sale Buggy
Next time you are at the JC Raulston Arboretum, be sure to check out the Plant Sale Buggy located outside the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. It’s a great spot for visitors to find a wide assortment of choice and unusual plants for your garden. Self-service purchases are made by cash or checks only, and it is open rain or shine during regular Arboretum operating hours. New plants are added weekly, so visit often.
Here's what we're offering this week.
Delightful, pink or white flowers emerge directly from the ground each fall followed by dark green silvery patterned leaves. May take a few years to establish, but it will eventually self-seed and become abundant.
Deutzia coreana var. triradiata
Clusters of small white flowers appear in spring against a backdrop of dark green foliage. With small, cut-edged leaves and an informal shape, this hardy shrub adds beauty and interest to a sunny garden.
Digitalis thapsi 'Spanish Peaks'
A foxglove with purple-pink flowers that dangle from the flower stalk in early summer. This is one that actually thrives here at the JCRA
Ilex decidua 'Red Cascade'
A southeast native with a somewhat weeping habit that forms a suckering shrub or can be pruned into a small tree. Autumn's red berries persist well into winter when cedar waxwings arrive to eat them. This female cultivar needs a male possumhaw nearby to produce fruit.
Magnolia macrophylla var. ashei
Rarest native bigleaf umbrella magnolia in U.S., occurring naturally in only 6 Florida panhandle counties. It's hardy, as well as heat and humidity tolerant. It grows typically as a large, multi-trunked shrub to about 18' tall but can grow to 30'. Showy, with leaves to 24" and big fragrant flowers.
willow-leaf sweet box
This is perhaps the most handsome of all the Sarcococcas. As an evergreen shrub, it has an upright, but arching form. Leaves are elongated, narrow, glossy, and bright green in color. More vigorous than other sweet boxes, at the JCRA, it has prospered with protection from winter winds.
super dwarf greenbrier
Not your grandmother's brier, this Chinese species makes a low groundcover with a tight, Brillo pad-like mass of green stems with small spines. Red fruits often follow green flowers. Grows to only about 8" tall but forms a dense patch up to 36" across. Perfect for the woodland or as a low edging plant. In winter, the leaves fall off leaving behind zig-zag stems.
Grow Aztec lily and it will become one of your favorite and most reliable plants. In spring, long, strap-shaped leaves and brilliant red flowers emerge from a bulb. Stunning, 6-inch flowers bloom April through May, with the possibility of a few more in the fall.
An archive of what we've offered in the past is also available.