Monthly Archives: May 2013

Paul Moore Garden Tour

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We visit a mature hilltop garden brimming with native plants at peak springtime perfection. Troy Marden highlights the perennials, shrubs and trees that bring color and fragrance to this garden, and are dependable too.

Flowering Dogwood – Cornus florida

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Cornus florida – Flowering Dogwood – is one of the iconic native american flowering trees. Its native range is from the New England to northern Florida west through… well almost to the Mississippi River really, and even beyond. It is a lovely spring flowering tree. It’s great when you’re traveling through the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway this time of year, these and the redbuds are often blooming together so it’s a wonderful display. Continue reading

Fragrant Viburnum or Koreanspice Viburnum – Viburnum carlesii (Aurora)

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Viburnum carlesii – Fragrant Viburnum or it’s also known as Koreanspice Viburnum.

It’s May day here in New Haven, Connecticut and if there is a plant to put next to the may pole when the wee ones weave in and out with their ribbons this would be the one to plant. The aroma of the fragrant viburnum is a serious presence in the landscape. You don’t have to actually put your nose in this flower to pick up its fragrance, you can smell it from many feet around. The buds in spring are a deep red, as the flowers emerge they are pink and then they change to white overtime. The flowers only last about ten days or two weeks but they are a knockout in the garden. Continue reading