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2018 September Newsletter

Cool Plants

Here are some plants that we have in stock at the Falling Water Gardens nursery. We think this selection would look great in your garden right now. Want to know more about these plants? Visit our plant database.

Zephyranthes Flavissima ‘Yellow Rain Lily’

A lovely vigorous species, with rich golden buttery-yellow blossoms with a tinge of orange. Blooms mid-spring through midsummer. Star-shaped flowers stand 6″ among deep grassy-green leaves. Native to Argentina and Brazil, it is found in pastures and meadows of gravel and reddish clay soils; and along riverbanks, at times growing in standing water. Tuck some in the lawn, among low-growing groundcovers in sunny areas, or at the edge of a pond or bog.

  • Light Need: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Plant characteristic: Herbaceous

https://i1.wp.com/fallingwaterdesigns.com/plants/wp-content/uploads/Tulbaghia-violacea.jpg?fit=409%2C312Tulbaghia Violacea ‘Variegated Society Garlic’

Variegated Society Garlic is a terrific perennial plant with narrow, up to 12 inch (30 cm) long leaves. The leaves arise from a rhizome that creeps underground to form clumps up to 24 inches (60 cm) wide. The leaves and flower stems have a garlic odor when crushed. The leaves can be used in salads and in cooking. It is an easy plant to grow whether in the landscape or in containers. They are hardy in USDA zones 7-10.

  • Light need: Full Shade to Partial Sun
  • Plant characteristic: Herbaceous

Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy) ‘Aglaia’

Shasta Daisies enjoy universal appeal as a garden plant and cut flower. They are easy perennials that perform best in a sunny border. This midsize selection has double shaggy white petals surrounding a yellow button eye. Removing faded flowers will greatly increase the blooming time.

  • Light need: Full sun
  • Plant characteristic: Herbaceous perennial


Asclepias Incarnata ‘Soulmate’

Easily grown in medium to wet soils in full sun. Surprisingly tolerant of average well-drained soils in cultivation even though the species is native to swamps and wet meadows. Plants have deep taproots and are best left undisturbed once established. Foliage is slow to emerge in spring.

Flowers are very attractive to butterflies as a nectar source. In addition, swamp milkweed is an important food source (albeit somewhat less important than upland species of Asclepias) for the larval stage of Monarch butterflies.

  • Light need: Full Sun
  • Plant characteristic: Herbaceous perennial


Cryptomeria Japonica ‘Sekkan-Sugi’ – Golden Japanese Cedar

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sekkan-sugi’ was introduced from Japan to American horticulture around 1970. The foliage is tipped creamy yellow and is most intense when growth is new in spring and early summer. It is a visually dominant tree in the landscape because the foliage color is so intense and shines like a beacon if planted against a medium or dark green backdrop.

  • Light need: Sun to Partial Shade
  • Plant characteristic: Evergreen

Heuchera ‘Forever Purple’

‘Forever Purple’ is a knockout with ultra-purple glossy leaves with fluted edges and great vigor. Very short spikes of purple-pink flowers in summer and four seasons of purple.

  • Light need: Full Sun to Full Shade
  • Plant characteristic: Herbaceous

Rudbeckia Fulgida ‘Goldsturm’

Easily grown in dry to medium, organically rich to average, well-drained soils in full sun. Best bloom occurs in full sun, although plants will tolerate some light shade. Plants prefer consistent moisture throughout the growing season, with some tolerance for drought once established. Good air circulation is appreciated. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage additional bloom. Plants slowly spread in the garden by rhizomes.

  • Light need: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Plant characteristic: Herbaceous Perennial

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Rick Perry installed his first pond in his parents garden when he was only 15 years old! Ponds were built out of concrete back then. His parents still own that home and the original pond has been expanded and rebuilt twice, as the technology in pond liners, pumps, and filters continued to evolve. Rick’s love of water in the garden never went away and for over 16 years he continued to install ponds in his own homes and those of his friends and family. After someone suggested that Rick could make a living off of doing what he loved, Falling Water Designs was born. Rick has been involved in the water garden industry longer than there has been a water garden industry. He is very excited by the continuing innovations that are making it possible for every homeowner to enjoy a low maintenance, affordable water feature in the garden. Rick has been interviewed and featured in Koi World Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Water Features for Every Garden by Helen Nash.