It’s time to get back in the garden

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LaRene Bautner from Millcreek Gardens joined us in the Good4Utah backyard explaining it’s time to get out in the garden again! 

Below are the plants she featured today: 

Umbrella Catalpa (Catalpa bungei) –  The cutting for this tree was collected here in Salt Lake City, Utah! A unique compact tree makes a specimen for small landscapes. Pyramidal to round tree growing wider than tall. Flowers are rose-pink and white with marks of violet and yellow bloom on upright 10″ panicles. Full sun. 20 feet tall with a 25 -30 feet umbrella spread at full maturity.

Limelight Hardy Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ Plant Patent #12,874; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #2319) – An exciting hardy hydrangea from Holland, Limelight has unique chartreuse blooms in mid-summer that change to pink in fall. Good massed, as a hedge, in containers or as a cut flower. Filtered to full sun. Reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.

First Editions® Purple Magic Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia ‘Purple Magic’ PP23,906) – If you haven’t tried the Magics yet, Purple is the one to start with. This compact shrub form crape is smothered in heads of purple flowers that begin blooming in early summer. The new growth has a reddish tint that matures to glossy green, really setting off the rich purple flowers. Like the other Magics, Purple blooms again in late summer if the first flush of flowers are deadheaded. Highly resistant to leaf spot and powdery mildew.. Full sun. 6-10 feet tall x wide.

First Editions® Twilight Magic™ Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia ‘PIILAG-VIII’ PP27,194) – The combination of deep plum-colored foliage and pink flowers is stunning. This large shrub/small tree really stands out in the landscape when it blooms. It has profuse flower production. Even when not in flower, the dark foliage is handsome all on its own. An excellent alternative to purple leaf plums in areas where plums are defoliated by August. Full sun. 16 feet high x 8 feet high at full maturity.

Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) – Tall, airy, spike-like clusters create a lavender-blue cloud of color above the finely textured aromatic foliage. This vigorous, hardy, heat-loving and drought tolerant plant resists deer and pests. A superb companion for perennials, succulents and ornamental grasses. Deciduous. Full sun. Moderate grower 3 to 4 feet tall x wide.

Babylon Montbretia (Crocosmia ‘Babylon’) – Tall spikes of tubular, star-like deep reddish orange flowers are larger than most, highly attractive to hummingbirds and make excellent cut flowers. Thrives in the hot sunny border. Herbaceous. Full sun. Flower spikes to 30 in. tall, foliage to 18 in high.

Sombrero® Salsa Red Coneflower (Echinacea x ‘Balsomsed’ Plant Patent #23,105) – Big, bright red blooms for an easy, colorful summer border. A must-have for the butterfly or cutting garden, this drought tolerant perennial was bred for cold hardiness and compact form with prolific flowering over an exceptionally long season. Herbaceous perennial. Full sun. Reaches 24 to 26 in. tall, 16 to 22 in. wide.

Silver Dragon Lilyturf (Liriope spicata ‘Silver Dragon’) – A versatile evergreen perennial with dark green, narrow, grass-like foliage highlighted by silvery white vertical striping. Pale purple flowers are followed by whitish green berries. An effective accent as a groundcover or edging. Partial sun. Moderate growing; reaches 10 in. tall, spreading 15 to 18 in. wide.

Northwind Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’) – A compact, clumping grass with excellent vertical form. Olive to blue-green foliage turns golden yellow in autumn. Airy flower panicles produce showy seed heads lend winter interest. Sturdy stems stay upright, even under snow load, giving protection to wintering songbirds. Good for erosion control. Partial to full sun. Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.

Little Bluestem Grass (Schyizachyrium sscoparium cv.) – Little Bluestem is a grass found throughout the country. It’s upright habit and bluish-green blades add a wonderful architectural element to the garden. In fall the foliage turns red-orange, echoing the color high in the canopy.

Millcreek Gardens has a lot of different varieties of veggie starts including cool season veggies like cabbage, broccoli and kale.

Stop by at 3500 South 900 East in Salt Lake City.

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