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Raydon's Favorite Aster

Raydon's Favorite Aster

Aster oblongifolia, aromatic aster, is a dependable herbaceous perennial that displays a wonderful fall flower show. If you depend on pots of mums and pansies to color your perennial garden in the fall, you're missing out on a great show of color that this aster will provide.

It is just reaching peak bloom and it is simply magnificent. One can hardly see any foliage for the massive coverage of rich blue flowers and the leaves have a pleasant minty fragrance when crushed.

If you want to mimic this look for your landscape, most medium to large growing asters should have their succulent spring growth pinched or sheared back several times before July 4th. Pinching off lush early growth will cause asters to branch and produce thick, stout branching and maximum fall blooms.

This aster can be viewed in our Linnaeus Boulder Garden

Red Chokeberries (Aronias)

Aronia Chokeberry in Spring Aronia Chokeberry in Autumn

If you want a plant that has a different look with each season this is the plant that is a must in your landscape. Small white fragrant flowers are displayed in April and are followed by waxy bright green leaves in summer, which turn brilliant scarlet in the fall along with glossy bright red berries.

This is a medium-size, upright, deciduous shrub 6 to 8 feet in height with an open growth habit and a round top. It is best planted in groups or massed and prefers sun to partial shade.

These plants are located in the corner of the Herb Garden.

Rose Creek Abelia

Rose Creek Abelia

Here is a wonderful perennial with lustrous leaves that emerge with a pinkish cast on crimson stems. It matures to dark green, then turns purple-green in winter. Small fragrant white trumpet flowers bloom spring through summer and continue to have an interest into fall with pink modified leaves at the base of each flower that remain once the bloom fades.

It is an excellent foundation plant for continuous seasonal change beneath windows, or to use with a mixed shrub border, or try as a low hedge. Plant in full to partial sun.

Rose Creek Abelia

This plant can be found across from the greenhouse in our Linneaus Garden.

Tatarian Aster

Tatarian Aster

Aster tataricus, the goliath of the asters, is an upright growing variety that can easily reach five to six feet in height and three feet wide.

One of the latest bloomers, this aster explodes with lavender-blue, yellow eyed blossoms in flat clusters, each flower the size of a half dollar which is easily supported by its stiff upright growth. Asters are good nectar plants attracting butterflies and bees.

This aster can also be found in the Linnaeus Boulder Garden.

Coleus - Kong Junior Lime Vein

Coleus

Kong Junior Lime Vein coleus has a dark magenta streak with lime green variegation,

This plant is hardy and brings excitement to the garden.

Ours grows in the LG Fountain Garden.

Castor Bean

Castor Bean

Castor Bean plants originated in Ethiopian Africa, have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, and have naturalized in warm climates worldwide.

If the seeds are chewed by animals or humans, poisonous toxins trigger severe diarrhea and dehydration which can cause death. Keep children and pets away from these plants. Some people say you can plant castor beans to keep moles out of your yard.

This colorful specimen grows in the LG Veggie Garden.

Torenia Catalina Midnight Blue

Torenia Catalina Midnight Blue

An early, long blooming series with a great mounding and trailing habit and unique, bicolor blooms. They exhibit excellent heat and shade tolerance and their habit and floriferous nature makes them a great choice for hanging baskets and containers. They also make an excellent groundcover for shady areas which is how our garden displays them in the Entry Garden.

They have shades of periwinkle and deep cobalt blue with a yellow throat. These blue flowers show all season, have excellent heat tolerance, love the shade, and with all these attributes are a low maintenance annual.

Vinca

Vinca Burgandy Halo

Vinca Burgandy Halo

Vinca Red Halo

Vinca Nirvana Blush and Red Halo

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.

Find these beautiful plants on the East side of the Pond.

Lemon Tree

Lemon Tree

Lemon Tree

Check out our Lemon Tree.

Located inside the gate to the garden nearest the barn, this potted tree is growing fruit which is just beginning to turn yellow. This tree will over-winter in our Greenhouse and continue its growth outside next spring.

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea is a thorny ornamental vine, bush, or tree, with flower-like spring leaves near it's flowers. It's a relatively pest-free plant, but may have worms, snails or aphids. However, it is so very beautiful!

This plant resides in the Linnaeus Greenhouse.

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

This leafy green vegetable is often used in Mediterranean cooking. It is considered to be one of the most healthful vegetables available. Not only that, it can add color to your 'edible' garden. The leaf blades can be green or reddish, while the leaf stalks are usually white, yellow, or red.

Pictured is "Red Chard", which is growing in the Vegetable Garden.

Short Stuff Zinnia Mix

Short Stuff Zinnia Mix

Zinnias are one of the most popular annual plants. Their blooms are usually 3" - 4" in size. Zinnias tolerate most soil types, are generally pest free, and are very user-friendly.

This short stuff zinnia mix is especially pretty. Find it in the Boulder Garden.

Ornamental Peppers

Oranamental Peppers close-up

Ornamental peppers close-up

Oranamental Peppers en masse

The dark purple foliage of ornamental peppers planted en masse
contrast nicely with lighter foliage in the garden.

Capsicum annuum, are early-maturing peppers that point straight up on this miniature ornamental. This plant is perfect for fall containers or as a delightful front-of-the-border standout.

If you want some color in your fall landscape, this plant is truly an eye catcher. It produces large numbers of tiny peppers which mature from green to yellow to blazing red, and some species can be used to add sizzle to a menu item.

Look for ornamental peppers in the Vegetable Garden and throughout the Linnaeus Gardens - you won't have to look too hard because their colorful display makes them a standout.

Photos by Marc Schreiber
last updated October 21, 2014