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2020 June Newsletter

COOL PLANTS

Here are this month’s featured plants. We think this selection would look great in your garden right now. Visit our plant database to learn more about aquatic & terrestrial plants.

TERRESTRIAL PLANTS

Hakonechloa Macra ‘All Gold’

Having all the admirable qualities of its deservedly popular cousin, H. macra ‘Aureola’ — long sword-shaped leaves that form graceful clumps — but the foliage of this newcomer is completely golden, without a tincture of tree green, making it even more striking when planted along a woodland path or beside a shady terrace, or anywhere in soft, dappled light.

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Delivers a perfect balance of earliness and good pack performance, combined with strong garden performance. Bushy, compact plants are topped by closely spaced, full flower spikes.

Osteospermum ‘Rose Magic’

A profusion of bronzy-salmon flowers that mature to magical rose-pink on this compact long-bloomer. Excellent in a container or the garden or rock garden as an accent. Prune lightly after flowering to maintain shape and extend the lifespan of the plant. Drought tolerant.

Penstemon ‘Beardtongues’

Penstemon is a western United States native that has colorful tubular flowers on tall spikes. This prairie plant thrives in hot, sunny conditions and is a stunning addition to wildflower plantings. Another common name is beardtongue.

Weigela Florida ‘Minor Black’

Minor Black is both spreading and mounding, prepared to scramble across the soil or loll over rocks and other hilly elements in the garden. Never aggressive, it is a good neighbor to groundcovers and to small perennials, and makes a lovely foreground planting to shrubs and taller, rangier plants. The new spring foliage emerges nearly black, turning deep maroon to violet as the season progresses and the heat intensifies. By the heart of the summer, olive streaks may decorate the leaves, but the fundamental “black” cast of the foliage is never lost!

Verbena EnduraScape Hot Pink

A hot pink selection from the first re-blooming verbena hardy to the low teens. Beats all verbenas for summer performance – it takes the heat better, and stays in flower longer! Lasting color, dense branching, and excellent powdery mildew resistance. An herbaceous perennial in mild winter regions; treat as an annual elsewhere.

Lewisia Cotyledon

Lewisia are native to western North America, and one of the most treasured rock garden plants. They form low, fleshy rosettes of tough evergreen leaves, bearing large star-shaped flowers in late spring and early summer. This strain features clusters blooms in sunset shades of yellow, peach, salmon, orange and pink. Best in a cool rock garden setting, with excellent drainage.

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A fabulous shade garden perennial recently introduced from China, Beesia has evergreen heart-shaped leaves with a deep lustrous shine. Each leaf is perched on dark purple green petioles (leaf stems) which further emphases the glimmering green leaves. In early summer thin wispy spikes rise above the leaves with small white flowers dotting the stems.

AQUATIC PLANTS

Why AQUATIC PLANTS?!

Pond plants play a large role in keeping a balance of:
>> shade
>> natural filtration 
>> providing oxygen
>> beneficial nutrients
>> prohibiting the growth of algae

🍃 Aquatic plants limit algae growth by providing shade that blocks excess sunlight, which limits the photosynthesis of algae.

 The shade also cools down water temperature, offers hiding places to protect aquatic life from predators, and creates a breeding ground for good bacteria to grow.

☘️ Water plants with deep root systems act as a natural filter by trapping dangerous toxic compounds and carbon dioxide before breaking down these pathogens and excess nutrients that feed algal blooms. Then the plants release oxygen back into the pond keeping the water properly aerated.

☀️ Aquatic plants that have high nutrient uptake will be extremely helpful to clear up your pond and help with water clarity.

Mimulus ‘Monkey Flower’

The Magic series is by far the first Monkey Flower to bloom each year, with masses of showy 1¾- to 2-inch blooms in 16 luscious color combinations. The soft, satiny feel of the petals and their wide-open trumpet shape may remind you of Petunias, but the color intensity and markings are more like Pansies!

Hippuris-vulgarisHippuris vulgaris ‘Mare’s Tail’

Common mare’s-tail looks like a robust green bottlebrush growing in patches primarily in the shallow areas of streams, ponds, and lakes or on wet muddy shores when water levels drop. This plant is characterized by unbranched stems, abundant whorled leaves, and inconspicuous flowers. The leaves and stems vary in form depending on whether they are growing underwater or are emergent. The underwater plant portions are limp, flexible, and have very long leaves. Emergent portions are stiff and erect, with short narrow leaves.

 

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Dainty heads of lilac-pink flowers on stalks rise above blue-gray foliage having thin white margins. New growth has pink tinge in early spring. Brushing against plants gives garlic-like fragrance. The leaves can be used in cooking like garlic chives and the bulbs can be used like garlic.

Houttuynia Cordata ‘Chameleon’

Heart shaped leaves are boldly splashed with colors of red, bronze, cream, and yellow variegation. Great ground cover that spreads underground by rhizomes. Dies back in winter. Height 12in.

 

Water Lily ‘Sun Fire’

Sunfire waterlily is a newer peach waterlily. It has flowers that are pink to yellow at the center with green pads. It has the same coloration as Nymphaea ‘Pink Grapefruit’ but with much stronger saturation in the colors.

June is when water lilies come to life! We have over 20 varieties of lilies with new arrivals every two weeks.

Scirpus TabernaemontaniZebra Rush’

For those who love the variegation of Zebra Grass, Scirpus tabernaemontani ‘Zebrinus’ offers that same color combination in a rush to complement the other bog and marsh plants in the water garden. Zebra Rush has tapered tubular stems that are horizontally banded with green and white and grows to 30″. It performs best in wet soils and full sun.

Plant Database

Have you checked out our plant database? It contains information about the plants that we sell at the nursery and more!

We have even taken it one step further and have incorporated QR codes into the database to help you save and recall information on the plants you are interested in at home or have bought from our nursery. You can bring us the saved plants from this data base to help us locate the ones you want. As well as when you come to Falling Water Gardens you will be able to scan the plant signs to get further information about the plants and flowers.

fallingwaterdesignsplantsWhat is a QR code? In the simplest terms a QR code is a bar code. Most smart phones come equipped with a bar code/QR code reader that will scan the QR code and bring you to the web page of information about our plants. From there you can bookmark the page. If yours does not contain a QR code reader already, you can download one for free through your phone’s app store.

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