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One of the only non-vining ornamental sweet potatoes on the market is 'Sweet Caroline Bewitched.' Known for its mounding habit, dark purple-black foliage, Sweet Caroline Bewitched makes a great container plant without becoming a bully.
It is also great in the landscape - especially in the sunbelt where old-fashioned types can become a maintenance nightmare by spreading 36 inches a week. It offers the perfect background color from which spring and summer varieties can pop.
We have planted it with our Kaleidoscope Abelia on the walkway in our boulder garden.
Pineapple Lilies are a group of summer flowering perennials that are truly a show stopper. Our guests to the garden keep asking about this unusual plant. In the early spring this bulbous perennial's leaves appear and make you ask "What is it"? Then the long flower stem starts to appear sporting blooms that really do resemble the fruit of a pineapple. It is winter and summer hardy, but does seem to appreciate afternoon shade.
You can find this plant in the entry garden and just outside our outdoor classroom in the boulder garden.
Purple loosestrife is an erect perennial herb in the loosestrife family, with a square, woody stem and opposite or whorled leaves. It's leaves are lance-shaped, stalk-less, and heart-shaped or rounded at the base.
Loosestrife plants grow from four to ten feet high, depending upon conditions, and produce a showy display of magenta-colored flower spikes throughout much of the summer. Flowers have five to seven petals. Mature plants can have from 30 to 50 stems arising from a single rootstock.
In the wild this plant is widely recognized as an invasive species that is difficult to control. However, horticultural species such as ours are sterile and can be used in your garden.
This plant can be found near the pond on the lower path.
The name phlox is derived from the Greek word for flame. 'Robert Poore' is a garden phlox cultivar that typically grows in an upright clump to 3'-4' tall. Fragrant, tubular flowers with long corolla tubes and five flat petal-like lobes are violet-pink. Individual flowers are densely arranged in large, terminal, pyramidal clusters in summer atop stiff, upright stems which seldom need staking.
It is a good fresh cut flower and is a staple of the perennial border. Mixes well with other perennials and provides long summer bloom. Regardless of flower color, garden phlox is attractive to hummingbirds and is a good selection for inclusion in a bird garden.
This plant is located in the Boulder Garden right next to the steps leading down to the barn.
This hardy little rose color perennial phlox about 14-24 inches tall shows up in early spring and blooms through summer, about 23 weeks worth of bloom. It is heat and humidity tolerant and requires moist but well-drained soil.
You can see this cutie right outside the front entrance to our barn before you start up the handicap walkway.
This classic Clematis is considered by many to be the truest and most beautiful of all and has been loved by gardeners for more than 100 years. It is an absolute spectacle of masses of Royal Purple blooms for 4 full months (June through September). This is a Clematis you want to blanket your fences and outbuildings because it eventually reaches 12 to 30 feet high and 4 to 5 feet wide - it is not a plant for the mailbox.
The blooms are excellent for cutting - just float them in a bowl of water for a lovely table centerpiece. It is best planted in light (not deep) shade, such as that provided by high canopies of tree branches.
You can view this beauty throughout the garden.
Who doesn't enjoy a bed full of colorful daylillies.
No investment in perennials pays off like one in daylilies: foliage that looks great all season, flowers in a rainbow of colors, no special care and now, many that reward you with both a spring and fall season of bloom. "Reblooming Daylilies" are just what they claim. Most have a big bloom during regular daylily season in late spring, and then bloom off and on for the rest of the season, usually with a burst of bloom before fall.
The 6" bright yellow blooms of the Glory Bright Daylily are irresistible. They are very heavily ruffled with the ruffle often being 3/4" wide. Scapes have 3 and 4 way branching with 25 buds. This daylily is a must have if you love yellow.
But whether yours are the old favorites or the brand new ruffled-up fancy faces, they'll all reward you with a big perennial show for very little care. And since they don't demand absolute full sun, daylilies also let you sneak some of the color back into shady areas, making them one of the best shade perennials.
You can find the eye popping combination of Crimson Flood and Lemon Berry Frost daylilies next to the fence in the Boulder Garden. Glory Bright 'Yellow' can be found in the Fountain Garden.
Pentas are semi-tropical shrubs grown as annuals that seem to be tailor-made for butterflies and humming birds. The nectar-rich flowers grown in clusters over a long blooming season in vibrant red, pink, and purple shades that act like a beacon to butterflies and humming birds.
If you want an annual that is up to Tulsa's heat in the summer and can still look gorgeous in August this is your plant.
Just take a look at our entry garden and how inviting this mass of flowers is after all our heat.
This hale-and-hearty Vinca begins blooming extra-early with big flowers, then just keeps going despite extreme heat, poor soil, and just about any other obstacle Nature throws its way. These bushy plants are a trouble free delight in your sunny garden. You will love these uniform, neat, yet very bushy 10 to 12 inch plants, which stay colorful for months on end.
The blooms are two inches across and held wide open, with a large, eye-catching white center (halo) and really does grab your attention. The blooms are held up and out from the fresh, lush foliage, making them a splendid choice for beds, borders, ground cover, and baskets. They even make terrific houseplants during the winter months. If you are a busy gardener with no time to pamper your annuals, this is a MUST plant for your landscape.
Cherry Dianthus is an eye-catching early-flowering, frost-resistant performer for early Spring through Autumn blooms. It performs as an exceptional landscape and bedding plant, showing outstanding heat tolerance. This is a semi-hardy annual in zones 7 and milder.
This new Dianthus can be found along the fence on the handicap walkway.
Beginning in early summer and continuing through fall, these mound-shaped plants are covered with small, yellow, daisy-like flowers. The vivid green foliage of Melampodium accentuates these evenly-spaced flowers while also providing a dramatic contrast in color.
The variety 'Showstar,' which grows 18 to 20 inches in height, has a very tidy form, continuous bloom and versatility as both an edger and focal point in containers. It is one of the easiest flowering annuals to grow. It tolerates hot, dry weather, does not require dead-heading, and is not bothered by deer or rabbits.
This plant has the most unusual flower - hairy, violet, tubular flowers with purple ends and two brilliant red petals, held on one sided racemes. Its common name, bat-faced cuphea, describes it perfectly since the flower resembles a cartoon character bat. Due to its strange flower shape this plant will be a conversation piece in your garden and since it attracts hummingbirds as well, you will have an added attraction.
Since cupheas are a desert plant, you assume it would be drought tolerant, but no, this little beauty, requires full sun and fertile, moist, well-drained soil so it may be easier to grow as a container plant. It will have continuous blossoms most of the summer until frost.
Whopper begonias offer super-sized performance which means maximum enjoyment for your landscape. Whoppers are a big vigorous plant which will fill out beds and large containers equally well.
These huge begonia's will greet you at our entrance.
This outstanding annual or perennial deserves its popularity. It makes an architectural statement with slender, willowy stems that stand up to 6 feet tall and do not need staking. It then branches out widely near the top where rich lilac-purple flower clusters stand alone, as if they are floating.
Check out the sphinx moth who along with butterflies loves the rich lilac-purple flower clusters that look like they are floating. This Verbena makes a great see-through plant. It likes moist, well-drained soil in full sun.
You will find this verbena in our fountain garden.
Are you looking for a perennial ground cover that can tolerate any soil type? This little beauty prefers partial shade but will grow in full sun if grown in moist, rich soil. This Old World herb is an ideal filler plant to cut down on weed growth and is an excellent color contrast in borders.
Low growing, it produces spotted leaves and white flowers in late spring and spreads by runners and is easy to manage in your flower beds. It perks up a dabble sun area with its wonderful foliage.
Check it out in our boulder area beneath the outside classroom.
Here is an annual that will catch your eye with its low growing habit and lots of flowers. It shows off its stuff from late June through mid August. Grows in sun to partial sun with intense, cobalt blue flowers that have a good mounding and trailing habit and will not melt down in the heat as the old varieties did.
This little show stopper can be found in our entry garden and due to its wonderful blue color gives the visitor a cooling feeling.
This easy maintenance perennial attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and is drought tolerant. Its long flowering period lasts from May through frost. Some pinching and pruning may be necessary throughout the long growing season to keep a steady display of flowers. This salvia requires low humidity, excellent drainage, at least half a day of sun and loamy soil.
Known for its toughness and long flowering period, Salvia Greggii makes a valuable addition to any sunny border.
You can check it out in our pavilion garden next to the pond.
Like all plants in the Endless Summer Collection, Twist-n-Shout produces abundant blooms on both old and new wood all summer long. Lacy deep-pink centers are surrounded by gorgeous blossoms of pink or periwinkle blue, depending on soil type. Sturdy red stems and glossy deep green leaves turn red-burgundy in fall to offer year-round interest in the garden.
Easy to care for and hardy to zone 4, Twist-n-Shout is an elegant stand-along specimen, dramatic in combination with other plants, and compact enough for containers.
You can find these beautiful plants welcoming you at the entry of our barn.
Light-O-Day Hydrangea features stunning, pure white variegation on its foliage. Pair that remarkable quality with large, lacecap blossoms and you have a great attention grabber to add to your garden or containers. Light-O-Day's outer ring of flowers is a stunning bright white. The delicate inner blooms are a beautiful blue or soft pink depending on your soil type.
New gardeners will find it's an easy-to-grow, show-stopper. Light-O-Day is a compact grower, making it perfect for urban gardens and containers. The unique foliage and blooms add eye-catching brilliance into your garden border.
You can find this hydrangea in the entry garden right before entering the main gates.
The Let's Dance Hydrangea series represents the next generation of re-blooming hydrangea. This series kicks up the quality with vivid flower coloration and attractive foliage. It blooms on both new and old wood delivering seasons of flowers and lots of wow to make you want to dance. It also takes more sun then other hydrangea's but still requires the same well-drained soil.
The best time to prune this series is after it blooms, from mid-July to mid-August. Cease pruning in mid-august to allow time for flower buds to form prior to winter.
You can view this new hydrangea in a container by the entrance of the barn.
Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is a hybrid of an easy-growing, sun-loving hydrangea species. The unusual colors in the blooms of Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea distinguish this showy summer-flowering shrub.
Buds bloom out in incredibly dense white flowers with pinkish centers. As they age, blooms subtly take on a deeper and richer blush, ending in a fantastic, deep strawberry-red color and large cone-shape blooms that form continuously all summer long. The unique red color lasts for three to four weeks.
You can find this newly planted shrub in our entry garden.
The name of this new Hydrangea macrophylla says it all. Pure white blooms with semi-double florets gradually mature to a sweet, pink blush. Endless Summer Blushing Bride will add life and love to your garden and home virtually all season long.
Reliably blooming on both old and new growth, you can experience the beauty of Blushing Bride again and again, all summer long.
This gorgeous hydrangea can be found in our Entry Garden.
Just like the name suggests this hydrangea has huge blooms which are perfect for flower arrangements. Big Daddy will bloom from early summer through fall. The flowers are pink in alkaline soils and blue in acidic soils.
It is on display in our Entry Garden.
The popularity of these big, bold plants has grown within the last few years since the new varieties are more hardy and mildew resistant. Hydrangeas should be sited in moist, rich garden soil in partial sun to fairly deep shade. Hydrangeas can be categorized into 4 different types: Mophead, lacecap, Oakleaf and panicle.
Glowing Embers - This gorgeous ornamental shrub with large, lush crimson flowers is truly and eye catcher. It has a compact habit with coarse, deep green glossy foliage with a pretty red tinge. It is a very easy plant to grow as it is disease and pest-resistant. The flowers start out with a white eye and then fully color to solid crimson red blooms. Blossomes are large, 10-12" across and dry well for winter enjoyment. The bloom season is from early summer through late fall.
Endless Summer has a height of 3 - 5' and is the first macrophylla type to bloom on both old and new wood for large, colorful flower mops all season long. It is remarkably hardy and more mildew resistant than other varieties. The bloom color is blue but will turn pink in alkaline soils and sometimes both blue and pink blooms can be seen on the same plant.
Both Glowing Embers and Endless Summer are Mophead hydrangeas and can be viewed in our entry garden.
Do you love Oakleaf Hydrangea's but don't have a space in your yard to accommodate their large size? Well, Pee Wee Oakleaf Hydrangea works beautifully in a small space. It blooms all summer and has deep burgundy colored leaves in the late fall. It will get to be about 4 feet high and wide.
You can find it in our entry garden.
The 10' tall shrub is not actually a rose but is in the Mallow Family and is sometimes called "Shrub Althea". Carl Linnaeus classified Hibiscus syriacus in the 18th century based on a herbarium specimen from Syria to which the species apparently had been imported long ago, since its origins are from India and East Asia.
Rose of Sharon comes in many colors - especially white, lilac, and pink. It occurs as a single flower, or as a hybridized double. Blooms first occur in late spring and continue through early fall, making Rose of Sharon one of the few summer-blooming shrubs.
Individual blossoms open in early morning, close at night, and usually last less than three days. Regardless of the flower's color, there is almost always an intensely maroon central spot formed by a concentration of pigment at the bases of five large petals. The almost-triangular serrated leaf of Rose of Sharon is semi-glossy dark green and about 3" long. The foliage is also deciduous. Rose of Sharon goes into a very long resting period and is one of the last shrubs to green up in spring.
Rose of Sharon is a great plant that can be pruned to show off its multi-trunks. We have several examples in our garden. Treeing it up enables the eye to see through the branches to any hardscaping or plants behind it to give the view a layering look.
This particular plant is in our Boulder Garden
Grace Smoketree (Cotinus coggygria x obovatus 'Grace') is an elegant hybrid of the European and North American species. Light red spring foliage matures to rich wine-red leaves. These evolve to a showy mix of orange, red, purple and golds in the fall. Frothy purplish-pink clusters of flowers resemble smoky plumes, adding drama to the landscape in midsummer. Upright and spreading, this low-branched tree develops a rounded head as it reaches about 20 feet in height with a 15 foot spread.
Like all smoke trees, Cotinus 'Grace' is disease free and drought tolerant. It requires full sun and will not grow well in shade. In low light conditions it has a lax habit and will not flower or develop foliage color. Cotinus 'Grace' will grow in a wide range of soils with average fertility.
You can locate it at the top of our boulder garden.
Rosa 'Chuckles' is an ever-blooming dark pink rose from May to September that does well in mass plantings (grows to three feet tall) and is tolerant of light shade. It is a floribunda rose with single flowers (petal count 5-11) that are 2-3 inches in diameter held in large clusters toward the tips of the canes. For fall and winter interest, bright red fruits hang on through the winter.
It is in full bloom in the boulder garden above the pond.
The Pink Meidiland Rose is an upright, bushy, three to four foot shrub with a bloom size of about two inches. It is well suited for hedge and barrier planting and is disease and pest resistant. This beautiful shrub rose offers a season-long display of single pink flowers with a showy white center.
This is a hardy shrub that will offer color throughout the season and into fall with its orange-red seed hips. If you're looking for a colorful hedge or groundcover, these easy to grow roses are a favorite of many who want beautiful carefree gardens. The Meidiland Rose is your answer to a carefree landscape.
This exciting new Redbud has new growth that emerges as a shimmering red-purple and the heart-shaped leaves remain burgundy throughout the season. Showy pink-lavender flowers appear before the leaves in spring. It is very easy to grow and adapts to most conditions.
Check it out in our Boulder Garden.
A beautiful new variety, producing an abundance of extra large dual colored white and blue flowers that float above the dark green clumping foliage. Suited to almost any area of the garden but for prolific flowering plant where it gets ample sun. This wonderful plant is drought, disease, frost, heat and humidity tolerant.
Clusters of bright, lavender pink flowers sit on top of three to five feet tall branches with magnificent dark green leaves. This plant blooms with abandon from late spring through fall. It requires full sun with good drainage and attracts the birds and butterflies.
Come see this outstanding heat resistant annual adorning our entry sign, along our display plots, and in the boulder area. After all these extremely hot days it still looks fresh.
Come see this display in our boulder garden.
This herbaceous hibiscus has 4 - 5" oxblood red flowers with very dark green foliage with red veins and grows as a dense mound 24 to 30" under Central Oklahoma conditions. It is drought tolerant but supplemental watering increases flowering under stressful conditions. Flowers best in full sun.
You can't miss the showy display in our pavilion garden. It blooms all season long until late fall and then dies back to the ground until the next spring. What a great surprise in spring to see its rebirth and by the beginning of June those wonderful flower buds appear.
It is a compact, vigorous, sturdy, rounded, somewhat shrubby, woody-based hibiscus cultivar which typically grows to 3-4 feet tall. Features copper-red foliage and dinner plate sized, 5-petaled, hollyhock-like flowers 10 to 12 inches in diameter. These are among the largest flowers produced by any perennial which is hardy to this region. Flowers are light pink with red veining and a bright red central eye.
You can find this plant in our Fountain Garden where it is protected from wind to minimize risk of wind burn.
Green foliage is dramatically splashed with bright white which provides a striking contrast to the large red flowers. A festival of color as a patio container.
You can find this gem in our entry right by Mr. Linnaeus himself.
Few plants are as colorful and fun as Butterfly Bush and now this new dwarf size makes it even easier to add it to your garden. It is a joy to literally watch this plant grow and then grace us with a wonderful display of blooms from summer until frost.
As if the large, colorful flower panicles were not enough in themselves, they have the added bonus of having a delightful, sweet aroma with the propensity to attract an equally attractive array of colorful butterflies.
You can find a row of these plants at the side entrance of our barn along with gorgeous butterflies that linger for a long time.
Three-lobed Coneflower with hundreds of small deep gold flowers with brown centers bloom for almost three months. This plant is very resistant to drought, heat and pests. Butterflies and other pollinators like the nectar and songbirds eat the seed, which forms as flowers age.
We have it displayed in a container and it is extremely eye catching. Its airy growth habit with blue-green leaves and yellow (Brown-eyed Susan) flower blowing in the wind make it one of the prettier Rudbeckia's.
Want an easy groundcover for full Oklahoma sun that is self-cleaning, no deadheading necessary, and is covered with yellow nemesia-like flowers from May through October. Proven Winners has found it for you - GoldDust Mecardonia.
The small dark green leaves provide a good contrast to the bright little yellow flowers. It is also excellent in containers.
You can see it in our boulder garden - it will jump right out at you growing between two large boulders.
By Sandi Rebman,
Photos by Marc Schreiber