March 31, 2008

COMING TO A GARDEN CENTER NEAR YOU


Viburnum opulus 'aureum'


I'm getting ready for the new garden season and will work a few days a week at the Tree and Shrub department of Gethsemane Garden Center in early April. We are one of the largest in the city. My superior John has been busy all Fall and Winter selecting outstanding plants for our department and he sent me a copy of his prize picks.

I'm a big fan of viburnums ( pictured above ) and trees and shrubs that have chartruese or gold leaves, so I've picked them first to show you :


Tsuga canadensis 'golden Splendor '



Pinus thunbergii 'Ogon '


Acer shirasawanum 'Ogura yama '



Kolkwitzia ' Dream catcher '


Cercis canadensis ' Hearts of Gold '


Taxodium distichum 'Peve Yellow '


Stay tuned. More beauties to come.

36 comments:

  1. What a great assortment. I can't even pick a favorite!

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  2. carolyn - i love that Tsuga canadensis 'golden Splendor '! that is so cool that you get the inside scoop on all the goods before anybody. I'll be going on to buy the shrubs that you suggested when you did the gift certificate design for me. If all goes well, the poodles will be goners this week!

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  3. A viburnum fan myself, your opulus 'sureum' is absolutely stunning, dear. Chartruese leaves and bronze leaves and blue leaves and gray leaves all bring such interest, but I'm particularly fond of the charteuese in a shade garden! These examples are all luscious and makes me want a bigger yard. Thanks for sharing - Debi @ GHT

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  4. Thanks, Tanya. Glad you like them.

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  5. Great, Gina. I can't wait to see what you do to the garden this year !

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  6. What's not to like about viburnums, Debi ?! I want a larger yard as well.

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  7. Beautiful shrubs! My parents have a huge elder that has the same hue of foliage. :)

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  8. Great blog.

    You might be interested to know that the BBC are doing a fascinating tour of the world's greatest gardens: 'Around The World in 80 Gardens'. The best yet, I thought was the episode in which the presenter visits The Aguedal in Marrakesh, one of the oldest maintained gardens in the world. As well as visiting the garden in Hadrian's palatial retreat in Italy, and the Arabian-nights-like garden in the Alhambra fortress palace in Grenada, Spain).

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  9. Carolyn, Just lovely. You know how much I enjoy aurea foliage.~~Dee

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  10. Carolyn, the 'Hearts of Gold' is just wonderful!

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  11. I love the shrubs from your photos, especially Acer shirasawanum 'Ogura yama ' - and pines (especially the ones w/strong scent) have always had a special place in my heart... :)
    Very nice blog, Carolyn - congratulations!

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  12. I. WANT. THEM. ALL! Well, maybe except for the A. shirasawanum, which would be iffy up here.

    Am with you on gold foliage, and especially viburnums, which I know you love. These are especially delectable. I can feel my budget exploding now.

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  13. I wish I had room for that Pine, it's a stunner, although the Tsuga is gorgeous too.

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  14. Lucky you to get those sneaky peeks. Can't wait to see what you show us next!
    Frances

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  15. Isn't that hue just gorgeous, Nancy? It really stands out in the garden.

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  16. Thanks, eamon. That sounds grand.

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  17. Randy and Jamie,

    How are y'all doing? Has the reconstruction of the garden started yet? I'll have to come for a visit.

    Yes, that 'Hearts of Gold' redbud is simply outstanding isn't it? Wish I could find room to sneak one in my small garden.

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  18. Thanks, Daria. I love the full moon maple as well -a really unique shaped and colored leaf.

    Appreciate your comments on my blog.

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  19. You're right about the Full Moon Maple, Jodi. It barely makes it in our Zone 5.

    First viburnum I've seen with that beautiful aurea leaf. And the red berries, well !

    I know I'm going to put a dent in my budget as well this year.

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  20. Oh why don't you just come out and say it, MMD -you want them all :)

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  21. Yes I am lucky to be able to see all the new and sensational trees and shrubs we get each season.

    I'll be posting more soon.

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  22. They are all so beautiful. It's impossible to pick a favourite!

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  23. Oh and I forgot...what's your take on the viburnum leaf beetle? We have them here in the wold in the Catskills...I have walked along and seen the shrubs shivering with them...ewh.

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  24. I love those chartreusey colours in the garden, too. It's why I love my golden jubilee hyssop.

    Looking forward to comparing notes on our respective workplaces this season!

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  25. Thanks, Sally Moon. We've never had problems with the leaf beetle, thank goodness.

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  26. Hi Amy,

    Thanks for dropping by. I'll look forward to your notes.

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  27. It never ceases to amaze me how many shades of green and gold there are in plants.

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  28. Hi Christine and Faz,

    Welcome all the way from the UK. Thanks for visiting.

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  29. Using the different types and colors of foilage is definatly a good way to add colour to your garden. Elaine Cooke

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  30. Thanks, elain, I agree with your assessment.

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  31. beautiful shrubs! I'll take one of each!

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  32. I love how your camera captures the greens and yellows. Beautiful!!!

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